What To Do If You Ever Lose Your Pet

If you've lost a pet, first search your neighborhood. Go door to door and talk to your neighbors. Search in the evening, when it's quiet. Call or whistle. If your pet is injured or frightened, he may be hiding. Drive around the neighborhood; a dog will sometimes recognize the sound of your car. Put up posters and distribute flyers with a photo and description of your pet. Contact the local veterinary clinics. Try to keep up-to-date photos in case you have to identify a lost pet. Don't include every detail about your pet; hold back a distinctive feature or trait. That way, if someone calls claiming to have found your pet, you can determine if they are legitimate by asking about a feature or trait that only someone who actually has your pet would know.

Contact your local animal shelter to see if your pet has been picked up. In Torrance, you can contact the City of Torrance Animal Control Office at 310-618-3850, during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM. At all other times, please contact the Torrance Police Department at 310-328-3456. You can also contact Animal Control via e-mail at AnimalControl@torrnet.com. Other cities use the Los Angeles County Animal Control in Gardena. All pets from Torrance are transferred to the LA County Shelter at the end of each day. Contact them at 216 W. Victoria St. Gardena, CA 90248, (310) 523-9566. Their hours are Monday - Thursday 12 PM - 7 PM, Friday and Saturday 10 AM - 5 PM. Closed Sundays and Holidays.

Make sure you have proper identification on your pets. This will ensure that they are quickly identified and returned to you. All pets (whether indoor or outdoor) should have collars with Id tags listing your name, address and phone number. All dogs should also wear their LA County rabies registration tags which will assist the animal control officers to return your pet. You should also microchip your pet, in case the collar comes off while you pet is loose. Animal control or vet clinics can scan your pet and get your contact information.