Lost your small animal?
Please submit a lost pet form to alert COFAS of your missing guinea pig, rabbit, or even lizard! We also recommend you look for your small animal at your local shelter every 3-4 days starting from the day they go missing. Please stop by our location located at 4375 N Washington St, Grand Forks, ND 58203. COFAS has a 5-day stray hold, but on the 6th day stray pets will be placed up for adoption.
Lost Pet Tips:
Searching outside the home
- Check your local animal shelters/pounds/Rescues to see if they may have your pet. We recommend contacting all local shelters/pounds/rescues within a 30 mile radius.
Circle of Friends Animal Shelter: 701-775-3732
Peterson Vet Clinic (if your pet is missing from East Grand Forks): 218-773-2401
Journey Home Animal Rescue: info@journeyhomeanimalrescue.
- Ask around your neighborhood– You may have missed your pet leaving, but your neighbors may have seen something!
- Call your pets microchip company and report them missing! Many microchip companies will reach out to the local shelters or vet clinics to alert them of your missing pet.
- Create a flyer- Many microchip companies offer a free flyer feature, but you can also create a free flyer on PawBoost.
- If your property is fenced, leave the gate open so your pet can get back into your yard.
- Spread awareness using social media, PawBoost, or Petco Love Lost – to post your missing pet for FREE, the community of Grand Forks has an excellent Facebook page that you can create a post on to raise awareness for your missing pet.
- Leave out recently worn clothing, their litterbox, food, and water- something with your scent on it can be used to attract your cat to come back home-pillow cases or sheets would work too. The scent of your cat’s litterbox can also be used to attract your cat back home. By leaving out food and water, your cat is more likely to stay in the area if resources are readily available for them.
Searching inside the home:
- Close all doors and windows – This will prevent your small pet from hurting itself by climbing out of the window or attempting to escape through an open door.
- Check every room – Once all the doors in the house are shut, search one room at a time to ensure you have thoroughly checked for your pet in all the places they could be hiding.
- Secure all other pets in one room – Remove all other pets from the area. Place them outside in an enclosed area or in a safe room you have already checked for your pet in. This ensures that your other pets will not harm your missing small animal.
- Use food – Using their favorite treat or their food will entice them to come out of hiding and make it easier for you to catch them
- Search at night – Some small pets are nocturnal and may come out of hiding more often at night
- Use a towel – You can use a towel to place over your pet to prevent them from panicking and may make it easier to capture them as well.
If You See Your Cat Running Loose:
Do NOT chase your cat as they could be very skittish and frightened by being in an unfamiliar environment- this may cause them to run away from you.
Sit quietly and patiently while using a calm and gentle voice to comfort and coax your cat closer to you. Frantic or panicked voices may cause your cat to become more scared than they already are.
Bring a bag of treats or a can of wet food to entice your cat to come closer to you. You can also try shaking the bag or opening the can of wet food, the sound may draw your cat to you if they’re hiding nearby.
Place a box or create a safe space for your cat to sneak into for you to check often.
Found a small animal?
- Did you find the pet within Grand Forks City Limits? Please call the Grand Forks non-emergency police line (701-787-8000, option 2) and an officer will be sent to your location to get the pet from you.
- Did you find the pet within Grand Forks County? Please contact us at [email protected] or call 701-775-3732 for further assistance during our operating hours. If you find a county stray pet outside of COFAS operation hours, please consider holding the pet until COFAS opens the next day. If you are unable to keep the pet overnight, please call your local non-emergency police line for further guidance.
- Did you find the pet in East Grand Forks? Please call the East Grand Forks non-emergency police line (218-773-1104).
- Did you find the pet outside City and County limits? Please call your local non-emergency police line.
- Post a picture of the pet and where you found it on the GFPD Lost Pets Page on Facebook, this page has a large community following and the owner may see the post and recognize their missing pet.
- Post a picture of the pet on Petco Love Lost – This is a FREE service and may help an owner find their missing pet.
- REMEMBER! Don’t keep a pet that you found as a stray without doing your due diligence to find an owner! Not all stray pets are abused or abandoned, and this pet could be missed dearly by its loving family. Please report stray pets to your local shelter or your local non-emergency police line.