FAQ – Animals lost or found

At the bottom of this page, you will find a list of the boroughs and municipalities served by the Montreal SPCA.

If you have lost or found a pet in an area not covered by the Montreal SPCA, please contact your city hall (or borough office) or your local animal control service for contact information to the appropriate animal shelter/pound in your sector.

**Please note that pets from all the municipalities and boroughs are kept in our stray section for three days before being assessed for adoption. A municipal law stipulates that stray animals (pets who have no apparent owner) must spend 72 hours in a shelter before possibly being given up for adoption.**


If you have found a pet in an area served by the Montreal SPCA, please email us ASAP at with a picture and description of the animal, so we can promptly open and share the found pet’s full file on our blog.

We encourage anyone who’s found an animal to take care of him temporarily. It is much better and less stressful for a lost pet to stay at someone’s home or apartment than to spend some time at a shelter or pound where he might be exposed to viruses.

If offering it temporary shelter is not an option for you or for someone you know, and that you are in an area served by the Montreal SPCA, please bring him at our shelter as soon as possible. We are located at 5215, Jean-Talon West and admission is between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., 7 days a week. If you are unable to organize transportation for the animal, please call our reception desk at 514-735-2711, ext. 1, so that one of our patrollers can pick up the animal. Please note that transportation fees may apply and that, depending on the time of year, patrollers may take up to 24 hours to come by your house.


If you have lost an animal in an area covered by the Montreal SPCA, please take the following steps as soon as possible:

  • It is very important to quickly email our team a picture and description of your pet at and to regularly check our list of found animals on our online blog  –** – where we post pictures of each animal found and the report date. If you believe one of the animals photographed is yours, please contact us ASAP at 514-735-2711, ext. 1, or send us an email at
  • Visit our shelter regularly and without delay. As we operate on a small budget, we unfortunately do not have the means (employees and volunteers) to search through the stray animals databank for each person who calls us. Furthermore, your pet might have lots its tag, and unless he has a microchip, you and only you can be 100% sure that he truly is your pet. Therefore, it is your responsibility to visit our shelter in order to find your pet.
  • Share your pet’s picture and description on various websites and social media (such as Facebook, Petluck, Kijiji, Craigslist).
  • Print flyers with a picture and description of your pet to distribute in your neighbourhood. Talk to your neighbours and to anyone who might be able to help. Do a thorough search of your neighbourhood. A frightened cat might be more likely to answer your call when there is peace and quiet. Dawn is a particularly appropriate time.

To claim a lost animal who is at the Montreal SPCA: Please come by our refuge between 1:00 pm and 9:00 pm with your pet’s photo and a veterinary document confirming his identity, to ensure that only legitimate owners can come get an animal. These measures were introduced to protect all animals from our stray section.

**Please note that this online list is updated as often as possible by a team of dedicated volunteers. However, since our resources are limited, not every animal currently in our shelter may be posted online. Please send an email to promptly with a description and a photo of your pet and visit our shelter as soon as possible and regurlarly.

Municipalities and boroughs served by the Montreal SPCA:

Municipalities/Boroughs Contact
Ahuntsic-Cartierville (514) 735-2711
Anjou (514) 735-2711
Côte St-Luc (514) 735-2711
Hampstead (514) 735-2711
Lachine 311 (from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm)
(514) 735-2711, ext. 1 (10:00 pm to 7:00 am – emergency patrol only)
Le Plateau K911, (514) 677-4357 or the police
Montréal-Nord (514) 735-2711
Côte-des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (514) 735-2711
Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie (514) 735-2711
Sud-Ouest (514) 735-2711
Verdun (514) 765-7070
Ville Saint-Laurent (514) 735-2711
Westmount (514) 989-5222

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