Lost and Found

Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter

3320 Beltagh Avenue
Wantagh, NY 11793
(516) 785-5220

Admitting Hours

Sunday and Monday: 9 AM to 5 PM
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 9 AM to 6 PM
Thursday: 9 AM to 8 PM


View Stray and Lost Animals

Report Lost or Found Animals

If you've lost or found an animal, the resources on this page can help reunite the pet with its owner.

Losing your pet is traumatic. Your first inclination may be to panic, but you stand a far greater chance of finding your pet if you follow these simple steps.

  1. Prior to losing your pet: Take several color photos of your pet, identify the best one, and make multiple prints. On the back of each print write your pet's name, breed, age, approximate height and weight, and your name and phone number. Put these away for future use.
  2. Proper identification is your single best chance for finding your missing companion! There are several kinds of pet IDs available: collar tags, tattoos, or microchips. Microchipping is a great choice since most animal shelters and veterinary clinics will have a scanner, allowing them to scan a pet for its chip and trace it back to its registered owner. The Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter will microchip your pet for the low fee of $25.00. Please call the shelter at (516) 785-5220 to confirm availability.
  3. When you first discover that your pet is missing, immediately contact all animal shelters and animal control offices in your area. By law, stray animals brought to a shelter are only held for five days – after which, if the animal is unclaimed, it can be legally adopted out to someone else. Don't wait around to see if your pet comes back on its own! File a lost report with every resource in your area right away. The Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter’s phone number is (516) 785-5220.
  4. Bring a photo of your pet to each animal shelter in your area. A photo is significantly better than just a verbal description because it allows the staff to make a visual comparison.
  5. For each shelter you contact, make a return visit every few days. While animal shelters try their best to match lost pets with their owners, the best way to find your pet is to actually walk through their kennels yourself.
  6. If you put up signs around town, make sure to use your pet's photo on the sign.

View Stray and Lost Animals

Stray Animals currently housed at the ToH Animal Shelter. Click to view strays.

Please scroll below to see all stray animals. Click the photo for details.

Lost Animals NOT at the ToH Animal Shelter. Click to view lost animals.

Please scroll below to see all lost animals. Click the photo for details.

Report Lost or Found Animals

If you have lost or found an animal, fill out the form below, call us at (516) 785-5220 or visit during admitting hours. We will keep your information on file for thirty days and contact you if we locate your animal or the owner of the animal you've found. In order to give us the best chance of helping you, please fill out all the information as completely as possible.

Report a Lost or Found Animal
  1. Lost or Found?
  2. Species
  3. Breed
  4. Date Lost/Found
  5. Your Name
  6. Address
  7. City, State, Zip
  8. Phone
  9. Email
  12. Other Phone
  13. (gif, jpg, or png)
    Animal's Photo
  14. Where was this animal lost or found? Please be specific.
    Give the street address and list any landmarks or cross streets.
  15. Is the animal wearing a collar? If so, what type and color?
    If the animal has a tag number, please enter it along with the issuing County.
  16. Describe in detail any unusual scars or other distinguishing marks.
  17. Microchip #
  18. Animal's Name
  19. Age
  20. Weight
  21. Eye Color
  22. Fur Color
  23. Sex
  24. Spayed/Neutered
  25. Body Size
  26. Fur Length
  27. Fur Type
  28. Tail Length
  29. Ear Type
  30. Declawed (if cat)