Stray Animals

Stray Animals

The CCSPCA is contracted with the City of Fresno to perform animal control services, which includes the impounding of stray animals.­­­

The CCSPCA accepts stray dogs, cats, and other animals found within the City of Fresno limits, only.  We are unable to accept stray animals from other cities or counties.

At the time of a stray’s intake, we require the location of where the animal was found and the client’s valid ID.  Regardless of where the client lives, we will accept a stray animal if found within the City of Fresno limits.

If a stray animal is determined to have been found in Fresno County, the client is informed to take the animal to the county’s animal control service provider, California Animal Control, 559-600-7387.

The Stray Animal building is open 365 days a year for reclaim of lost pets from 10:00AM – 5:00PM.  Cat reclaim hours are from 10:00AM – 4:30PM.  Both the CCSPCA Adoption Center and the Stray Animal building are open Wednesday evenings until 6:00PM.

Adoptions of stray animals that have served the legal stray holding period are primarily from the Adoption Center which is open daily from 10:00AM – 5:00PM except Wednesday, when the building closes at 6:00PM.

Lost your pet?

View Lost Animals Currently at the CCSPCA

If you have a lost pet, please begin your search at our Stray Animal building. You must personally come to our Animal Center, speak with a CCSPCA representative, and walk through multiple areas of our Animal Center.

  • If it has been more than 4 days since your pet went missing, you will also want to check our Adoption Center.
  • DO NOT let more than 4 days go by without coming back and checking all areas again.
  • Unfortunately, Staff CANNOT check for you over the phone.
  • DO bring your spay/neuter certificate each time you come to avoid additional fees.
  • Fees list for licensing, reclaims, adoptions and other animal-related service

This is a list of options available to assist you in finding your lost pet at our Animal Center:

Stray Animal Building – Dog Kennels

  • Females on left side (check both)
  • Males on right side (check both)
  • Puppy Room – puppies and small breeds
  • Quarantine (LOCKED – please ask a staff member to escort you)

Stray Animal Building – Cat Kennels

  • Stray Cat Room (opens at 10AM)
  • Quarantine Cat Room (LOCKED – please ask a staff member to escort you)
  • Puppy Room- if cat room is full, some cats may be placed in the puppy room

Stray Animal Building – Front Desk Area

  • Deceased animal file
  • Lost animal report binder
  • Found animal report binder
  • Hospital board
  • Make a flyer for our bulletin board (must be dated)
  • Fresno Bee Lost and found

CCSPCA Small Animal Hospital

  • Injured pets are often taken to our hospital (559) 237-1125.

Other options outside our Animal Center include the following:

Veterinary Emergency Hospital (VES) 

1639 N. Fresno Street (559) 486-0520
Note:  After hours, injured pets are often taken to this facility.

Clovis Animal Center

908 Villa Ave (Bullard/Barstow)
Clovis CA
(559) 324-2465

Fresno County Shelter

Liberty Animal Control
760 W. Nielsen Ave.
Fresno CA 93706
(559) 600-7387

The CCSPCA is also aware of many successful animal/owner reunions due to effective posts on Craig’s List. This section is specific to the Fresno community! Post here if you have lost OR found an animal:

Top 10 Ways To Find Your Lost Pet:

Below are ten top ways to begin the search for your lost pet.  Thousands of pet owners who follow this advice from the CCSPCA enjoy happy reunions with their lost pets, sometimes right at the CCSPCA counter…other times, on the streets of their neighborhoods, at other animal control facilities, and even in the homes of friendly community members trying to help.

#1.  Create fliers with a photo and brief description of your pet.  Not small pieces of paper, either…large fliers, with large photo. Your announcement is an emergency, and must be treated that way.  It needs to stand out from other informational fliers.  Post the fliers ANYWHERE you’re allowed… at stores, vet offices, groomers’ establishments, libraries, banks, gas stations, pet supply shops, etc.  Be sure to include a phone number that is always available.

#2.  Talk to people….your mail carrier, newspaper delivery person or anyone who is regularly in your neighborhood.  Knock on doors, talk to your neighbors, and ask whether they have seen your pet, and be sure they check with their children.  Show them your pet’s photo.  Leave your phone number with them.  Check with local animal control agencies to see if your pet is being held at a different animal facility.  Please contact your city or town clerk for the phone number of your local animal control agency….but don’t stop there.  It’s possible your animal ended up in another town and is being held by local animal control there. Consult all surrounding animal control agencies.

#3.  Search at sunrise. Make yourself visible in the neighborhood during the very quiet morning hours.  If your animal is fearful, he or she might feel more secure, and might be more active, in the first hour or so of daylight.  Shake boxes of dog biscuits or dry pet food.  Make sure you have some of your pet’s food with you whenever you’re searching…it’ll help lure your pet if he or she is scared.

#4.  Place ads in newspapers, both the large publications and the small community ones.  Utilize on-line pet finder Web sites, but don’t let that take the place of you visiting shelters personally.  Also, remember to check local newspaper lost and found ads to see whether a member of another community has found your pet.  And don’t forget the benefits of social media, like Facebook.

#5.  Look for your pet in unusual places around your home, including storm drains, ditches, etc. If you’re searching for a cat, don’t forget to look up! Your pet may not have gone far, and may even hear you calling, but might be too afraid to come out of…or down from…hiding.

#6.  Lure your pet home with scents.  Leave his or her favorite food outside in a dish (if it’s a moist food, microwave it first to increase the scent).  Put out your pet’s favorite blanket, a litter box, even a pet bed.  An animal’s sense of smell is much more powerful than a human’s; it’s not unusual for an animal to pick up a scent from a distance.  And make sure you’re watching!  It won’t be of much help if your pet, or some other animal, enjoys dinner on the patio and then scampers away without you knowing it!

#7.  Don’t let phone calls give you a false sense of security. You, and others who know your pet, need to personally visit the CCSPCA Stray Animal building and other animal shelters on a daily basis.  Do not simply call these shelters and ask them to check on whether your pet is in the building.  Ten different people might describe your pet ten different ways…only you know which pet is yours.  Set up a schedule of the people who will help you and the places they’ve agreed to visit.

Some animals don’t go far…others do.  Although the door-to-door street search is best carried out near home, don’t neglect visiting animal shelters in all surrounding communities.  It’s possible your pet was picked up by a Good Samaritan, transported, and then ran off again.

#8.  Phone calls will help.  However, don’t forget to call veterinary clinics and emergency animal hospitals.  If someone finds an injured, stray animal, the first place he or she might take it is a veterinary clinic.  Call and ask if they’ve seen your pet.  Don’t just call once…call every day.  Very often, the people on the other end of the line will give you names and numbers of other places to call to make your search even more thorough.

#9.  Talk to dog walkers in your neighborhood and in surrounding areas.  Many walkers know instantly when there’s a “new dog on the block,” especially when the dog is alone.  They even notice cats that are new to the neighborhood (or should we say, their dogs notice the cats!). These animal-lovers also communicate on a regular basis.  Find these groups of people and give them copies of your fliers.  They really do care if you find your dog or cat.

#10.  Keep up the search.  Don’t give up after just a few days or after a week.  Don’t even give up after two weeks.  CCSPCA staff members have witnessed thousands of pet/owner reunions, and many took place months after the pet was originally lost.  Take our word for it. Don’t become discouraged too quickly.