If you find a stray animal, including injured ones, take it to the San Francisco Department of Animal Care and Control located at 1200 15th Street (at Harrison) in San Francisco. If you’re interested in adopting an animal you’ve found that has not been reclaimed, you can place a call-interested-party (CIP) hold on the animal.
- If you’re unable to transport the animal, call Animal Care & Control at 415.554.6364 for an officer to provide assistance.
- For information about feral or free-roaming cats in your neighborhood, consult the Community Cats section of our website.
- Stray kittens under 4 months of age are eligible for behavior and medical assessment daily between the hours of 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Appointments are encouraged, but not required. Admittance to the SF SPCA Adoption Program for underage kittens is based on health, behavior, and available space and occurs through our Spay and Neuter Clinic at 201 Alabama Street, 2nd floor. Closed major holidays.
For kittens that are not eating on their own and are found without a mother:
- Keep in mind the mother will likely return. Please do not intervene.
- It is critical the kittens remain in the mother's care for their survival.
- If you know the mother has been killed or you have observed from a distance that the mother has not returned for 24 hours, you can care for the kittens. An example of a kitten care kit can be found at https://www.alleycat.org/resources/kitten-care-kit/
- If you cannot provide care for the kittens, bringing them to the shelter is the last resort. SF ACC has some capacity to care for unweaned kittens and they support bottle babies through their foster program. SF SPCA supports SF ACC directly and we collaborate closely on care for San Francisco's kittens.
If your pet is missing
- File a Lost Pet Report with the San Francisco Department of Animal Care and Control, 1200 15th Street (at Harrison), San Francisco, 415.554.6364.
- Visit Animal Care & Control to view the animals in the kennels. Stray animals are held for four days, not counting the day of arrival or holidays. Plan on visiting the shelter every three to five days to see all new arrivals.
- On days you cannot visit Animal Care & Control, call LOST PET at 415.567.8738.
- Search in your neighborhood regularly, especially in the evenings when it’s quiet.
- Leave a personal item outside, such as a jacket or your pet’s bed, to help your pet find the scent home.
- Alert your neighbors and ask them to check garages and tool sheds. If your animal is injured or frightened, it may be hiding.
- Post fliers throughout your neighborhood—at local veterinary hospitals and at businesses. Include enough information for an honest person to contact you, but not enough detail that a scammer can claim to have your pet. Be careful! Never pay reward money in advance, and be sure to meet anyone in a public place.
- Post a lost pet ad on Craigslist and in your local newspaper.
- If your pet is microchipped, alert the company that your pet is missing and confirm that your contact information is up-to-date.
- Don’t give up. Keep searching animal shelters and checking ads.
Tips for keeping your returned pet healthy—and at home:
- Spay/neuter your animal as soon as possible, which reduces the tendency to roam.
- Microchip your animal, which provides permanent identification.
- Commit to keeping your cat indoors. Indoor/outdoor cats rarely live their natural lifespan due to the dangers of cars, disease, poison and injury.
- Consider dog training classes. The San Francisco SPCA offers affordable classes with behavioral specialists who will help you train your dog to actually listen when you say, “Stay!"