Nonprofit Veterinary Clinic & Outreach Center: 4635 West Richland Plaza Dr., Bloomington, In 47404

For Appointments, or Pantry questions, please call: 812-333-6242, ext 2

To Fax Veterinary Records: 812-935-5059

*Administration Address: 3410 South Walnut St., Bloomington, IN 47401

*Staff hours may vary. Please call to confirm. Dropping off a donation? We have a donation bin outside of our door that's available any time!

Mailing Address: PO Box 1334, Bloomington, IN 47402​​

**We do not have a shelter.**

    For City shelter hours, adoptable animals, lost/found pets, and animal control, call City of Bloomington Animal Care & Control at 812.349.3492.

© 2016 Monroe County Humane Association

Lost & Found

That moment when you realize your pet isn't where he/she is supposed to be or has broken loose from you on a joyride. Our hearts break in these moments, and we don't always know what to do next.  

An ounce of prevention...

There are a number of steps we can take as pet owners before we find ourself searching for our pets. Steps that reduce the likelihood of thier straying and steps that can speed their way back home to us.



"Fixing" our pets will go a long way toward reducing their wanderlust. See spay/neuter FAQ.


Contain & Control

Fences and gates are our best allies in protecting pets. But, we have to keep them well-maintained and know our little Houdinis.  Does yours dig, climb, and/or jump?  Add extra barriers to match his/her particular skills.  And when it comes to front doors, screens and gates help contain our little sprinters.


*Electric fences work for some dogs but certainly not for all.


Out in the world, our best friends are leashes.  Even if we "know" our pets will stay by our sides, we cannot predict what might happen once away from home.  Instinct can kick in, and suddenly a dog is chasing a squirrel out of earshot.  A loud sound can send him/her flying.  Who knows.  



Even as strong proponents of microchips for all pets, when it comes to getting a lost pet home quickly and safely, owners should consider the chip to be ID of last resort. The first line of attack is a sturdy collar with ID - whether a plate on the collar, permanent marker, a decorative tag, a license tag, a rabies tag, or one with microchip information.  The key is to have readily accessible CURRENT information available to the person who finds the pet including:


  • Pet name or ID number

  • Owner name, veterinarian, and/or microchip company

  • Telephone Number

Reuniting with a pet

Time is valuable once our pet is out of sight.  



The first step is canvasing the neighborhood and checking with neighbors.  Putting food out might attract him/her enough to slow down.


Report, Post & Share

Report your loss to Bloomington Animal Care & Control (City shelter).  If the pet shows up as a stray, he/she will end up at the City shelter.  You may also want to check neighboring shelters.


Post the loss widely using posters, online sites (look to the right), the local newspaper and radio stations, as well as local rescues and veterinarians. Finally...


Stay Dilligent

The best thing we can do when we have lost a pet is to GO TO THE CITY SHELTER - daily if possible. Only there can we you be certain to see ALL they have on site. Calling isn't enough.

Scour the Web


Between visits to Bloomington Animal Care & Control (City Shelter) check:


  • HERE to search animals up for adoption 

  • HERE for strays at the City shelter

  • HERE for pets reported to be lost

  • HERE for animals that have been found and are waiting in a neighbor's home


Then check other sites such as:




For more ideas on reuniting with a pet, contact us at

or 812.333.MCHA (6242).  


We wish you all the best.