If you are missing your pet, please fill out the following form to send us a lost/found report. We will keep your lost/found report on file for 30 days and contact you right away if your missing pet comes in!
2299 235th St., Oskaloosa, IA 52577
***Please note that if you have been missing your pet for more than 7 days, he/she may have been put up for adoption. If this is the case please visit our adoptable pets page to view a list of all available pets.
The loss of a pet is often a scary and frightening event; many owners do not even know where to start their search. Often, owners never even think of looking at their local animal shelter. According to the ASPCA, nationally less than two percent of stray cats and only 15-20% of stray dogs at animal shelters are reclaimed by their owners. Of those animals that were reclaimed by their owners, many were microchipped or were wearing an ID tag, enabling the shelter to contact the owner. If your animal ever goes missing, the following simple steps will help you find your best friend.
Start the search for the lost pet as soon as you notice it is missing. The longer you wait, the less likely it is that you will find your animal. Here are some tips to help you in your search:
Check at your local animal shelter!!! If it is after hours, leave a message but make sure to come out and look as soon as the shelter opens. If your animal is not at the shelter, we will have you fill out a lost report. Please bring a photo of your lost pet with you as well! We recommend that you check our shelter at least every other day as we often have several animals brought to us every day. We try our best to help owners find their lost pets, but owners are the best at identifying their own animals. If you find your pet, please call us at (641) 673-3991.
Contact Local Vet Clinics: Injured animals are often found and taken immediately to the nearest vet clinic. When the SMAS receives injured animals, the animal is typically taken to either the Mahaska Veterinary Clinic, Animal Health Center of Oskaloosa, or Oskaloosa Small Animal Veterinary Clinic. Mahaska Veterinary Clinic can be reached at (641) 673-0431, Animal Health Center of Oskaloosa can be reached at (641) 673-5525, and Oskaloosa Small Animal Veterinary Clinic can be reached at (641) 676-7387
Make Posters:Displaying posters around the area where you lost your pet is a great way to find your missing friend. Make sure to use bold letters that can be by drivers, also include the type and breed of animal, whether it is a male or female, an adult or baby, and a name and number where you can always be reached. Often, offering a small reward, like $10 is a great way to get every neighborhood child on the lookout. Also, have a picture of the lost pet on your poster. Bring your lost pet poster to local veterinary offices and to the shelter.
Contact local media outlets: KBOE radio will often make on-air announcements of missing pets free of charge. KBOE can be reached by calling (641) 673-3493
The Oskaloosa Herald will also run lost/found pet ads for a small fee.
Use Social Media: Taking advantage of online social media networks is also a great way to spread the word about a lost pet. Owners looking for their pets can also post on the SMAS's Facebook wall to advertise a lost pet.
The SMAS receives stray animals almost daily. We keep a list of pets brought into the shelter as strays as well as those found by the public that have not been brought to the shelter yet. If you are missing a pet, start by taking a look at our recent intakes to see if your pet is at the shelter.