Lost & Found Policy/ Procedures
spay or neuter your pets and ask about micro-chipping for safety
Lost and Found Policy
VIPP will accept any Vashon/Maury found cat or dog and hold it in its care until the owner is located. VIPP will use various methods to find owners of found animals as outlined in lost and found procedures.
If a found dog is not claimed within the first day and the animal can not stay at a temporary foster home the dog may be kenneled at the expense of the owner. If a found cat or dog is not claimed within 10 days, it will be considered to be an abandoned animal and will go through the normal intake procedures that VIPP has for cats and dogs.
Lost & Found Procedure
A found dog or cat may be held at a VIPP volunteer’s home, the home of a good Samaritan, the cat shelter or an appropriate kennel. VIPP will use various methods to find the owner, including but not limited to, posting on VIPP Website, Facebook Page, VashonALL, printing and hanging posters in the area where the animal was found and/or placing an ad in the Vashon Beachcomber.
If You Find a Cat or Dog
There are some simple things you can do:
- Check to see if it has a tag, and if it does, call the number listed on the tag
- Call VIPP (206) 389-1085 for Cats - For Dogs call Amy at 389-1085 ( then press 4, then 1)
- Check with your neighbors
- fill out the lost and found report in this section and include a digital photo if you can and we will put the photo on the web site.
- look through VIPP's Lost & Found animals on this website
What VIPP Does
When a found animal is turned over to VIPP, we check our of reported lost cats or dogs to see if there is a match. If there is no match, we take the cat to the vet to have it checked for a micro chip, a small computer chip under the cat's skin which contains the owners' name, phone number and vet. If no chip is found, VIPP pays to have the cat examined.
VIPP volunteers then photograph the pet and make posters which are posted in the location where the pet is found. We also place a photo ad in the Beachcomber and post the photo on our website and FaceBook page. If no one steps forward to claim the pet, we pay to spay or neuter the animal (if it isn't already), make sure it has the required vaccinations stated in our Policies and finally, we micro chip the pet and it is ready for adoption.
Tagging Your Pet
All of this work, cost and despair could be eliminated and pets could be easily returned to their owners if they were wearing collars with tags and were micro chipped. Please help your pets get home when they get lost. Put a collar on your pet with an identification tag with your name, address and phone number. Be sure to keep the information current. You will want to tag your pet even if it never goes out doors because there is always a chance that the pet can get outside accidentally.
There are collars made especially for cats that are elastic or have a piece of elastic sewn into the collar. These “break-away” collars will stretch or release if a cat gets caught on a fence or tree limb. It is important to have the collars fit snuggly around the neck so that the cat does not push an arm through the collar. Many more cats are injured or have died because their owner could not find them than cats that have been injured by wearing a collar.
When putting a collar on a kitten or puppy, remember to check the collar and adjust it regularly. Kittens & puppies grow really fast. If your pet has never worn a collar, the first time you put a collar on your pet, give it a catnip toy or a special food treat to distract their attention from having the new and strange feeling with wearing a collar.
For your pet’s safety and your own peace of mind, make sure your pet is wearing a collar with an I.D. tag. or is micro-chipped.