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Lost and Found animals

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Did you find a stray cat? - The shelter is not currently taking in healthy stray cats. 


Is entering an animal shelter always the best option for a cat?

Did you know that lost cats are far more likely to be reunited with their owners if they remain in the neighborhood where they were found than if they are removed and taken to a shelter? Stray holds range from 72 hours to 4 days, and in that time owners may not even be aware their cat is missing (especially if the cat is indoor/outdoor.) 

There will always be cats who need sheltering, but for many cats, there are better, more appropriate alternatives that will serve the cat, community, and shelter better. To talk about options for a cat you have located, please contact the shelter. 

Did you find a stray kitten? Click HERE

Did you find a stray dog? 

Did you know that most dogs will be reunited with their owner within 48 hours? Holding the dog overnight in your home (if possible) might help the chances of reuniting that dog with its owner. 


48 hours - If a finder is willing to hold on to the dog for 48 hours after finding it, the chances of reuniting the dog with the owner are much greater and may cause less stress for the dog. Social media, filing found reports with local shelters, scanning for a microchip, etc. are easy steps to try and reunite the lost dog and the owner. 

If you are unable to hold on to the dog, and the dog was found in the city limits of Hayward, you can bring that dog into the shelter during our normal business hours. 

Prior to bringing an animal to the shelter, you should try to locate the owner  

1. Check the pet for identification 

2. Check for a microchip- This can be done at a local shelter or a veterinarian's office 

3. File a found pet report with your local shelter 

4. Canvas the area- Place found pet flyers in the area. Go around the neighborhood trying to locate the owner. 

5. Spread the news - Post a photo and "found pet" ad with FindingRover, Nextdoor, and local lost and found animal groups on Facebook and other social media.

The shelter is proud to partner with Pawboost to post Lost & Found animals. 


Facebook groups and pages:

Hayward Area Lost & Found Pets Facebook group

Hayward, CA - Lost Dogs, Cats & Pets Facebook page


Lost and Found pets/rescue animals(BAY AREA) Facebook group

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Feral cats/Community cats 

 The shelter does not take in feral cats in traps without appointments. If you have feral cats in your community, we recommend you look at our TNR page.

Feral cats also known as community cats have and will always be a part of our community. Participating in a TNR program is the most humane way to deal with cat overpopulation. 

Are you missing an animal? 
Make sure to complete a lost animal repot. 

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Tips for a Lost Animal



If you have lost you animal you can search for it online on

Instructions for 24PetConnect: 

1. Enter your zip code and hit "enter" button. This will bring up animal shelters in your area that post animals on 24PetConnect

(*Note: Not all animal shelters use 24PetConnect so it is still a good idea to reach out to your local shelter directly to see if your animal came in) 

2. Select the shelters you want and then click "search selected shelters" 

3.  For "Search Type" click "Lost my Pet" 

4.  For "Choose Animal Type" select the species you lost then click "Search Now" 


The shelter uses software that automatically uploads a picture to 24PetConnect. It is recommended to check the site daily as it updates frequently.

The shelter has partnered with Pawboost

to have the animals brought into the shelter uploaded to their site. If you see your animal on the site please get in contact with us.

If you are planning on keeping the animal at your house while you look for the owner you will need to make a found animal report with local animals shelters, and have the animal scanned for a microchip at vet office or animal shelter. 

Depending on where you live, will determine where your animal might have went. You can use Hayward GIS and AlCo Parcel Viewer to help you determine jurisdictions. 


On Hayward GIS, incorporated Hayward is shaded beige, unincoporated and non-Hayward areas  are whited out. 

Please use the guide below to determine which shelter to bring the animal to. 

If the Animal was Found in...                 the shelter the animal                                                                                    should go to...

Incorporated City of Hayward

Hayward Animal Shelter

16 Barnes Court, Hayward CA

(510) 293 - 7200

Unincorporated Hayward

Unincorporated San Leandro*

San Lorenzo

Castro Valley

East County Animal Shelter

4695 Gleason Drive, Dublin CA

Shelter: (925) 803 - 7040

Field Services: (510) 667 - 7763


Union City


*Incorporated San Leandro's lost and found animals are now being housed at East Bay SPCA Oakland and no longer at Tri- City Animal Shelter. 

Tri-City Animal Shelter

1950 Stevenson Blvd. Fremont CA

(510) 790 - 6640


Oakland Animal Services

1101  29th Ave, Oakland

(510) 535 - 5602


Alameda Animal Shelter

1590 Fortmann Way, Alameda, CA 

(510) 337 - 8565

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