Lost and found
If you have lost your dog, check Winnipeg Lost Dog Alert Inc. on Facebook. All stray dogs impounded inside Animal Services are posted on their page.
If you see your dog and it is at Animal Services, contact 311 to arrange pick up of your dog.
Lost dog or cat
If your dog/cat has gone missing or is lost, you can take the following actions:
- Search your neighbourhood immediately.
- Contact 311 (lost dogs) and the Winnipeg Humane Society (lost dogs and cats, 204-982-2025) with licence tag/tattoo/microchip information to file a lost report.
- Call other animal rescue shelters in Winnipeg.
- For lost dogs - visit Animal Services (operating hours).
For lost dogs and cats - visit the Winnipeg Humane Society.
- Post to social media:
- For lost dogs - Post your lost dog on Winnipeg Lost Dog Alert on Facebook.
- For lost cats - Post your lost cat on Winnipeg Lost Cat Assistance and Winnipeg Missing and Found Cat Watch on Facebook.
- Contact veterinarians in your area.
- Put an ad in the local newspaper under Lost and Found and use social media.
- Create a poster with your pet’s photo and post it on local bulletin boards.
- Don’t give up. Pets have been found months after going missing.
Lost exotic or commercial animal
If your exotic or commercial animal is missing or is lost, you can take the following actions:
- Search your neighbourhood immediately.
- Contact 311 and the Winnipeg Humane Society (204-982-2025).
- Visit Animal Services (operating hours).
Frequently asked questions about a lost dog or cat
- Yes. The Animal Services Agency has a bulletin board in their front lobby and you are welcome to post your lost pet poster on it.
- If your dog is wearing its valid licence, and this is the first time it has been brought into the Animal Services Agency during the current licensing period, your dog will be released to you free of charge, if picked up by end of business the following day.
- Dogs are only released to their owners. We require proof of ownership of the dog as well as your identification.
- Dog descriptions may vary so it is important that you check in person at the Animal Services Agency for your dog during kennel viewing hours. If your dog has been previously impounded during the current licensing period or does not have a valid licence, impound fees will apply. If your dog does not have a valid licence, you will also be required to purchase a dog licence prior to your dog being released from the Animal Services Agency.
- No. The Animal Services Agency does not have kennelling facilities for cats. Contact the Winnipeg Humane Society and other rescue shelters in the City of Winnipeg to check for your lost cat.
- Yes. The Responsible Pet Ownership By-law states that cat owners are subject to impound fees if their cat is impounded. Call the Winnipeg Humane Society for specific details on your impounded cat.
- You should check the local vet clinics. You should also check with Deceased Animal Pick Up by phoning 311.
- The Animal Services Agency does, on occasion, impound animals other than dogs. Contact the Animal Services Agency at 311. The Winnipeg Humane Society is another important contact when you have lost your pet. Call their Lost and Found Line at 204-982-2025
Found dog or cat
If you have found a dog, contact 311 to report it.
During regular operating hours, an Animal Services Agency Officer will be dispatched to pick up the dog. Outside of regular operating hours, contact the Animal Services Agency at 311 to report the found dog and Animal Services Agency staff will respond the next business day.
Please note: The City of Winnipeg Animal Service Agency accepts only stray dogs that are found within the City of Winnipeg. If you have found a dog outside of the City of Winnipeg, contact the municipality where the dog was found or the Winnipeg Humane Society.
If you have found a cat, contact the Winnipeg Humane Society at 204-982-2025.
Found exotic or commercial animal
If you have found an exotic or commercial animal, contact the Winnipeg Humane Society at 204-982-2025.
Frequently asked questions about a found dog or cat
- Contact 311 as they can reunite dogs and cats wearing a current licence with their owner. Dogs found in Winnipeg go the the Animal Services Agency and cats go to the Winnipeg Humane Society.
- Yes - you can drop a dog off at the Animal Services Agency at 1057 Logan Avenue during regular business hours.
- This is not recommended. Dogs have a much better chance of being reunited with their owners if the Animal Services Agency is involved. Dog owners are advised when they file a lost report to come into the Animal Services Agency facility at 1057 Logan Avenue often to check for their lost dog.
- No - you should contact the Animal Services Agency at 311 for the dog to be picked up by an Animal Services Agency Officer. Veterinary clinics are under no obligation to accept stray dogs.
- Contact the Animal Services Agency at 311 and an Animal Services Officer will come to your location, during regular business hours, and pick-up the stray dog.
- Contact the Animal Services Agency at 311 to report the found dog and Animal Services Agency staff will respond the next business day.
- No. That information is confidential and cannot be released. Contact the Animal Services Agency at 311 and they will make contact with the owner.
- The City of Winnipeg Animal Services Agency only accepts stray dogs that are found within the City of Winnipeg. If you have found a dog outside of the City of Winnipeg you should contact either the municipality where the dog was found or the Winnipeg Humane Society.
- When necessary, the Animal Services Agency will impound a variety of animals including exotic animals and livestock.
- Advise the Animal Services Agency when you call that you are interested in adopting the dog if it is not claimed. If the dog enters the Adoption Program, you will be contacted.
- The Animal Services Agency makes every attempt to reunite dogs with their owners. When a dog is brought into the Animal Services Agency facility at 1057 Logan Avenue, they are checked for any type of identification such as dog licence, tattoo, microchip.
Dogs wearing a valid licence are held for ten (10) days. All other dogs are held for three (3) days. After that time, the dog becomes the property of the City of Winnipeg. Dogs are assessed for their adoptability. If their temperament and health are good, they are placed in the Animal Services Agency Adoption Program. Unclaimed dogs from the Animal Services Agency may also be placed in adoption programs at various animal shelters throughout Winnipeg. There are times, however, that unclaimed dogs must be humanely euthanized, for health and temperament reasons.
The Animal Services Agency does not send unclaimed dogs for research.