Lost & Found
Many people think their pet won't wander away, but it happens more often than you think. Keep aware of your surroundings and where your pet is able to go. Don't leave doors open unattended, or low screened windows open unsupervised.
If you have lost your pet, or found a lost pet belonging to someone else, there are several things you can do.
If you have found a pet:
- Call UPAWS at 475-6661, and file a "found pet" report with us. If you leave a message on the shelter answering machine, please speak slowly and clearly, and be sure and tell us how to reach you. There are many dangers to pets left on their own, so please don't delay calling us. We may have already heard from the owner, and could reunite them with their pet if you let us know you have it or have seen it.
- Call the law enforcement agency where the pet was found. A list appears below.
- Advertise in The Action Shopper News (228-8920) and The Mining Journal (228-2500 and ask for the Classified Ads Dept.). Found pet ads are free.
- If you have the time, place posters near the area where you found the pet. Give a short description of the pet, the date and location it was found, and where the pet is now.
- Please let us know what happens to the pet so that we can keep our records up to date. If you found the owner, took the pet to an impound facility, or even kept the pet yourself, it helps us to know the resolution.
If you have lost a pet:
- Call all of the impound facilities and police departments listed below right away. Don't wait for your pet to come home on its own- it can't if it's already impounded, or if someone has taken it into their home, or if it's been hit by a car...
- Advertise in The Action Shopper News (228-8920), The Mining Journal (228-2500 and ask for the Classified Ads Dept.), and on WJPD's Telephone Time. Also, watch the found ads and respond to any ad that could possibly be your dog. A week of wondering can turn a white poodle into a "gray mutt".
- Visit UPAWS and any other possible impound facilities in person at least every three days. Don't give up, many pets are kept by the people who found them for a while before they come to the shelters. Be sure to tell a staff member the purpose for your visit, so that any animals not on display, or at the vet clinic can be described to you, and you can fill out a lost report if you haven't already done so.
- Look around the neighborhood where your pet is missing from. Ask people if they have seen your pet; let them know it is missing. Offer a reward. Drive around the neighborhood at night: sometimes lost animals hide during the day. Drive slowly- the animal may recognize the sound of your car.
- Post notices in shopping centers, on telephone poles, in vet offices, in pet stores, and in grooming parlors. Using a picture of your pet will attract attention. Let your mailman and paper carrier know that your pet is missing, they may see it while on their routes.
Marquette County Impound Facilities:
located at 84 Snowfield Rd. in Negaunee Twp. just east of the TV-6 Station
Ishpeming Township Pound 485-5415
(ask for Larry Snell)
located off of Copper St. in Ishpeming Twp.
Northern Veterinary Associates 485-6145
located on Palms Avenue in Ishpeming
Other Important Numbers:
Chocolay Township 249-4040
Forsyth Township 346-9224
Ishpeming City 486-4416
Ishpeming Township 485-1888
Marquette City 228-0400
Negaunee City 475-4154
Mqt. Co. Sheriff Dept. 225-8435
Michigan State Police 475-9922
Mqt. Co. Road Commission 486-4491
Animal Medical Center 226-7400
Bayshore Vet Hospital 249-5667
Gwinn-Saywer Vet Clinic 346-3528
Marquette Vet Clinic 249-1456
Negaunee Vet Clinic 475-7851
Northern Vet Associates 485-6145