Animals Lost and Found

What to do if you lose a pet, or find one, in Switzerland...

Found animals

A found animal should be reported to the local cantonal office for lost and found animals.

The office can be notified in several ways:

  • Fill in a printed form available at police stations, canton offices and veterinary surgeries
  • Tel: 0848 848 820

Found dogs and cats should be taken to an animal refuge (Tierheim/Refuge pour Animaux).

Website Tierschutz.ch has a comprehensive, interactive map of Switzerland with all cantonal refuges and other animal organisations listed.

Lost animals

Website Tierschutz/Animal Perdu lists all cats, dogs, birds and other animals found and housed in refuges throughout Switzerland. The database of found animals can be searched by the animal's identity number (tattoo or microchip) and by region. Owners of lost pets can place announcements online.

Lost and found in Vaud

The canton of Vaud does not subscribe to the national database of lost and found animals. Instead this is managed by the Société Vaudoise pour la Protection des Animaux (SVPA).

If an animal is found in Vaud, it should be reported to the Société Vaudoise pour la Protection des Animaux (SVPA) then be taken to the refuge, the Cantonal Fourrière of Vaud, in Lausanne (see address below).

If an animal is lost in Vaud, contact the refuge (open for calls daily, 24 hours a day). Tel: 021 784 80 00.

The Vaud SPA has a downloadable form to be filled with the details of the owner and lost animal