i lost my dog

Please note that all animals are reclaimed by appointment. Please call 519-966-5751 to book an appointment between 8am and 6pm daily (excluding holidays).

The good news is that most stray dogs are eventually found if their owners continue to look for them. Sometimes finders keep a dog at home, while others bring the dog to the Humane Society or call an animal control officer in the county so it’s important to explore all avenues when looking for your lost dog.


When your dog first goes missing, give us a call at 519-966-5751 or email us a photo at pound@windsorhumane.org to let us know, but also walk around your neighbourhood holding a leash and calling your dog. Finders of a dog often are looking for the owner, and this will help you connect with each other. For tips on lost dog behaviour please visit https://www.missinganimalresponse.com/lost-dog-behavior/ and https://petfbi.org/what-to-do/lost-dog-behavior/.


All stray dogs who are brought to the Humane Society are held for three days prior to being assessed for our adoption programs. You must reclaim your dog during this period, or you will lose all legal rights to claim them. Our lost and found area is open daily from 8 am to 6 pm. Please note that all stray dogs who come to the Humane Society will receive intake vaccines, normally within 24 hours of arriving. Please feel free to ask for a copy of the vaccine record when claiming your dog.


If you believe your dog is here, please call us at 519-966-5751 to arrange a time to come and reclaim them. When you come in, bring identification with your address on it, as well as some proof that the dog is yours if you haven’t already provided it. Photos, vet records, or other documents will help us ensure that you are the rightful owner and that we’re returning your dog to the right person. You will be responsible for a claim fee of $50 if your dog is not wearing a current license tag, plus $25 a day boarding if they are with us for more than 24 hours before reclaim. You may also be required to purchase a dog license if you don’t already have one. Avoid these fees by making sure that your dog’s municipal license tag is current, and that your dog is wearing their tag.


Be sure to contact other area pounds, including the Lakeshore Dog Pound (519-727-6495) and the Leamington/Kingsville Pound (519-796-3013). Sometimes dogs can roam greater distances than you would think they could, or someone may bring them to a shelter some distance from the area where they were found. The Windsor Star will publish a free ad for you, and there are many online sites and Facebook groups where you can spread the word about your lost dog to try to connect with the person who finds them.


If you have questions, please call us at 519-966-5751.