Found Pet Resources

What should you do if you've found a pet?

Naperville Area Humane Society (NAHS) is not an animal control nor a law enforcement agency. In accordance with Illinois state laws, NAHS cannot accept stray animals. We are happy to provide information and guidance to those who have found an animal.


To ensure a reunion with the owner, it is vital that any animal found is taken to the animal control responsible for the area where the animal was found. If you decide to hold the animal at your home, please call the appropriate animal control to complete a Found Report. (Please be aware that many animal controls will consider you the owner of the animal after the animal has been at your home for a certain amount of time.) If you need assistance with a found animal, please use these general guidelines:

  • If the animal is found in an unincorporated part of the county, please call that county’s animal control. 
  • If the animal is found within city limits, please call the number for non-emergency police.*

*Please note that some cities have a separate animal control department including Aurora, Bolingbrook, Joliet, and Naperville.

For complete information on stray animal policies and procedures, please contact the appropriate animal control. Click here for contact information for local animal control facilities and non-emergency police departments.