If you have lost your pet, you might be scared and confused about what you should do next. We are here to help! We have a few resources to help you out. First let's walk you through what to do right away.
Top 10 things to do when your pet goes missing:
Reclaiming Lost Animals:
City of Chico Animal Services cares for stray animals that are brought to them by Chico Animal Control Officers and by local residents in incorporated areas of Chico. If you wish to reclaim a lost pet please contact City of Chico Animal Services at 530-894-5630.
The Hayden Act and How it Helps Your Lost Pets:
The "Hayden Law" is an unfunded mandate named after California State Senator Tom Hayden, who sponsored the bill passed in 1998, also known as Senate Bill 1785 or SB 1785. This legislation made animal shelters in California more accountable and gave the public more time to find their lost animals before they were euthanized. It mandated more "work friendly" hours to the public for going to the shelters, and in 2001 began offering owner-surrendered animals the same amount of time (four to six business days, not including the day of impoundment) to remain alive before being eligible for euthanasia.
The Hayden Law is an unfunded mandate that sets more humane standards for California shelters and has served as a model to other states, but has also come under attack and recently was in danger of being repealed completely. Butte Humane Society supports the intended goals of the Hayden Law and urges all animal advocates to learn more about this important mandate and help preserve and support its crucial legislation. For more in-depth information on the Hayden Law and its effects, we recommend reading this article.