I lost a pet

Animal Control Lost and Found Program

It is your responsibility to search for your missing pet,

Uncontrolled, and stray animals may:
• attack people and other animals,
• spread or aquire diseases such as rabies and distemper,
• become injured,
• damage or destroy property; and
• contribute to motor vehicle collisions
Once you have reported the pet lost and searched the animals in the shelter and the public found reports on this site you can also:

• create Lost Posters and post them with permission in area stores, vet clinics and schools,
• place Lost Posters in neighbours mailboxes asking them to check garages, sheds and under porches,
• check the local newspapers, on social media and online classifieds for lost or found animal ads
• post a lost animal ad in the local newspapers, on social media and online classifieds.
Check the City of Greater Shelter by calling 311, or calling 705-694-7387(PETS) or visit the City of Greater Sudbury Animal Shelter website.

The Rainbow District Animal Shelter will;

• log all stray dog or cats bought to the shelter, or recovered by our Animal Control Officers regardless of their condition and post reports on this site as soon as possible, if not before, their recovery,
• scan & check all stray animals (alive or deceased) for a microchip, tattoo and/or identification tag. Should identification be found on the animal, animal control officers will follow-up and contact the registered owner.
• make every effort to contact you if your pet is found and has a microchip and/or a licence,
• help you file a Lost Report on our website or file a report for you if you are unable to do so. 

When in doubt call: 705-673-3647 (DOGS) or 1-800-836-6661. 
Click here to learn about claiming your lost pet from the shelter.


   Licensing your dog or cat is the most effective way to ensure you get your pet back in a timely manner.  While microchips are nice - they require someone with a microchip reader to be of any use.  A tag is not only visible proof of ownership but they can be read by anyone, anytime, anywhere.  Licencing your pet is also required by law in most jurisdictions and failing to do so could result in a fine of up to $125.  

For Dog & Cat Licences Click here
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