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Find A Lost Pet(top)

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If your pet has come up missing, it is up to you to find it. There are many steps you can take to locate your missing pet. Swift action coupled with major neighborhood networking, will increase the odds. The key is to get the information out to as many people and places as you can. So enlist the help of friends, family and neighbors in your search.

Follow these steps:

Start A Search Party:

Knock on doors and talk to the people in your own neighborhood first. Cover at least a three block radius, or if you are in a rural area, go to the nearest neighbors. Hand out flyers with your pet’s picture on them, the date of loss and your phone number, and offer a reward.

Remember that the approach for a missing dog is very different from that used to find a missing cat. Dogs run because they are terrified. Cats hide because they are terrified. To find a missing cat, you need a detailed search of your own and nearby properties. Bring a flashlight; ask your neighbors if you can look in their garages, alleyways, and backyards and under porches, grills and bushes. Has a neighbor recently gone on vacation and possibly closed a garage door on your wandering or hiding cat? Think about ways that your cat might have been unintentionally trapped.

To find a missing dog, you need to organize a much wider search party. Travel on bikes, by foot and by car and search a much larger area. Hand out your flyers to everyone you meet, post them on telephone poles and every place that’s visible from the street. It is not uncommon for a lost dog to run from well-intentioned rescuers. Make sure you have something with you to attract and reassure your dog when you find him, a favorite toy maybe, or something with your scent on it.

Put Up Flyers

Give copies of your flyers to veterinarians, groomers, trainers, pet stores, the post office, the grocery store, and any place that gets neighborhood traffic and ask them to put them up. There is very good advice about how to turn your flyers into effective posters here.


Contact all of the Animal and Dog Control Officers, and all animal rescue groups, including the Oswego County Humane Society, in a 20 mile radius. Visit the local shelters in person, bring a picture and ask to see their animals. Don’t give a description over the phone; descriptions can be misinterpreted. Go back every couple of days.

Don’t assume that your Animal or Dog Control Officer will be looking for you. Under New York Law, they are required to hold the pets they find for five business days to give you time to find them. If your pet has no identification (or has lost it), the DCO’s and ACO’s that may have found your pet have no resources to conduct a search for you. So keep contacting them.


Most local newspapers and shopping guides allow free “Lost and Found” ads. Also check the newspaper listings for Found Dogs and Cats. Some people only look in the local newspaper to locate an animal’s owner..

Enlist Neighborhood Children

If you know the kids who live nearby, deputize them if it’s ok with their parents. Even in these days of vigilant parental supervision, kids roam around the neighborhood and they see everything. Visit your local school and ask permission to hand out flyers asking that children keep their eyes (and ears) open for information about your pet.

Check The Internet

You can often register your pet online on services such as the online newspapers and Craig’s list and even upload a picture. You should also search the “found” section of these same online services. offers a free online classified service for both lost and found pets. There are also online lost pet recovery services that charge a fee. One is

Do It All Again.. and Again

Don’t’ give up. Lost pets have been found weeks, months, and occasionally years after they go missing.


Unfortunately, the next most successful way of finding a lost animal is through checking with the highway departments and the shelter’s dead lists. Even if your pet is wearing tags and the highway maintenance is supposed to send a list to animal control, you should check with them directly.

There are usually several departments that cover roads in your area. You’ll need to check city, town, county and state road departments as well as the animal control agencies. Pictures or a copy of your flyer should be left with each department. Again, calling is seldom successful, and actually visiting the department is the best way. You should check back once a week.

In The News(top)

September 14th & 15th, 2013-

start of race

First the “Barn Cats Boogied” on Saturday, September 14th, and then “Every Dog Had Its Day “ on Sunday, September 15th when the Humane Society held its annual dinner dance and then its 5K run or walk and 1 mile family walk at Fallbrook Recreation Center.  Sixty-eight party animals came to the Barn Cat Boogie and one hundred  and nine walkers and runners and fifty-seven dogs came out for the walk/run event, with the two events raising more than $11,000 for the Humane Society.

Sponsors of the events included C & B Farms,  Dogs Among Us, Fulton Savings Bank, Furdi’s Modular Homes, Fruit Valley Veterinary Clinic, Going to the Dogs Grooming, J&A Mechanical, K-9 Grooming & Pet Motel, Longley Dodge, NBT Bank, Oswego Printing Co.. RJ Caruso Tax & Accounting,  SallyeAnder Soaps, Dr. Robert Schaefer, DDS, Shanley Law Offices, Tara Animal Hospital, and Village Dental-Central Square, NY.  Other donors to the event included the Oswego County Humane Society Board of Directors,  Associated Dental Arts, Janet Barnhard, Mary Jane Beckwith and Lynn Morrison, Cakes Galore  & More, Mary & Will Calkins, Community Bank, the Cutting Crew, George and Carol Darling, Giovanni Foods, Going ;to the Dogs Grooming, Pat Jones, J.P. Jewelers, Lighthouse Lanes, Margie Miner, Oliver Paine Greenhouses, Paws & Effect Grooming, Port City Day Spa, Ray’s Furniture Perk, the Red Brick Tavern,  Remembrances Gift Baskets, Mike and Mary Shanley, Dr. Selma Sheridan, and Strands & Essence.

We can’t begin to tell you how much we appreciate all the community support we get for these events from the business community, our attendees and our supporters.  They are fun to put on, fun to attend, and they raise vital operating funds for our programs.

June 1, 2012 – Humane Society  Receives Gratitude Grant from Oswego Elks #271

The Oswego County Humane Society recently received a $1000 Gratitude Grant from the Elks National Foundation, of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.

The Foundation is a giving program, supported by donations from Elk members and lodges.   Since 1928, the Foundation has in turn, contributed over $325 million dollars to communities in the form of academic scholarships, as well as financial assistance to youth activities, veteran service and other such programs.   During the past year, Oswego Elks Lodge #271 met its per capita goal of $4.50 per member and as a result, earned an ENF Gratitude Grant in the amount of $2000.00.  Gratitude


Grants must be used for local projects or by local organizations for the betterment of the community. Oswego Elks #271 chose to donate its Gratitude Grant to Human Concerns and to the Oswego County Humane Society in the amount of $1000.00 each.

Barb Capella, the Humane Society’s cat adoption coordinator, accepted the grant on behalf of the Humane Society and expressed her gratitude to the Elks.  “As an active Elks member myself, I am very proud of what our organization does to help other community organizations, and as a member of the Humane Society’s Board of Directors, I can assure you that this money will be put to good use to find great homes for great pets.  When we say, ‘People and pets are good for each other,’ we really mean it, and that’s why I love the work I do.”

March 2, 2012-  It Takes a Community

In early February, 2012, Michelle Hanley, the Office Manager at Burkes Home Center in Fulton, contacted the Oswego County Humane Society about a pregnant cat, kittens, and other stray cats that were living around the store.  Through the efforts of OCHS, the female was spayed and adopted into a home of her own, and three kittens are now in foster care  awaiting adoption.  Burkes donated a hand cart for use at the OCHS office, located at the Oswego Armory.


Pictured from left to right are Barb Capella, OCHS Cat Coordinator, Paula Demm, General Manager Michelle Hanley, Office Manager   Ray Forsythe, Salesman,  Scott Crissy, Driver and our shiny new hand cart.   A huge thanks to Michelle for helping these cats and to Burkes for all of their support.



Animal Control Officers

IMPORTANT: Animal Control Officers do not have any authority to investigate suspected animal cruelty.
If you are aware of a case of animal cruelty, abuse or neglect, please call 911 to contact the Sheriff’s Department or New York State Police.

Town Dog Control/ City Animal Control Officers

Oswego (CITY)

Caroline Hosley – Animal Control Officer
City of Oswego Animal Shelter
621 East Seneca Street
Oswego 13126
Phone:(315) 343 – 1803
Fax: (315) 342 – 5668
Monday – Friday 9 AM – 5 PM Staff
1 PM-4:30 PM open to public
E-mail Address:

Oswego (TOWN)

Dan Sullivan
2320 Co. Rt. 7
Oswego 13126


Chad Miller
53 Co. Rt. 35
Fulton 13069
Phone:593-2333, ext. 226
cell 402-0471


Steve Cronk
366 S Albion Rd
298-3312 or 806-5949AMBOY
Frank Wilkinson
339 St. Rt. 69
Williamstown 13493
Marjorie O’Grady-McCann
1070 County Route 50
Phone: (315)387-3000 or 345-3843


Karen Ashley
1872 Co. Rt. 23
Constantia 13044
Phone: (315)623-9382

Fulton (City)

Paul Cooper
141 South First St
Fulton, 13069


Gail Callen,
25 Lyboldt Rd.
Fulton 13069


Theresa Penfield
824 Co. Rt. 34, Drawer B
Hannibal 13074


Michael LaFlair
1134 US Rt. 11,
Central Square 13036
Phone:668-2754, cell 247-7190


Dave Dunn
387 Miner Rd
Oswego, 13126


David Dunn
387 Miner Rd.
Oswego 13126

New Haven

Ronald Abbott
242 Potter Rd.
Mexico 13114


Steve Cronk
S. Albion Rd.
Altmar 13302