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Missing A Pet?

The SMAS receives stray animals on an almost daily basis. We keep a list of pets brought into the shelter as strays as well as those found by the public that have not been brought to the shelter yet. These lists are updated in real-time and can be accessed using the links below:

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What to Do if You've Lost a Pet

The loss of a pet is often a scary and frightening event; many owners do not even know where to start their search.  Often, owners never even think of looking at their local animal shelter.  According to the ASPCA, nationally less than two percent of stray cats and only 15-20% of stray dogs at animal shelters are reclaimed by their owners.  Of those animals that were reclaimed by their owners, many were microchipped or were wearing an ID tag, enabling the shelter to contact the owner.  If your animal ever goes missing, the following simple steps will help you find your best friend. 

  • Start the search for the lost pet as soon as you notice it is missing.  The longer you wait, the less likely it is that you will find your animal.
  • Check at your local animal shelter.  If it is after hours, leave a message but make sure to come out and look as soon as the shelter opens.  If your animal is not at the shelter, we will have you fill out a lost report. Please bring a photo of your lost pet with you as well!  We recommend that you check our shelter at least every other day as we often have several animals brought to us every day.  We try our best to help owners find their lost pets, but owners are the best at identifying their own animals.  If you find your pet, please call us at (641) 673-3991.
  • KBOE will often make on-air announcements of missing pets free of charge. KBOE can be reached by calling (641) 673-3493
  • Displaying posters around the area where you lost your pet is a great way to find your missing friend.  Make sure to use bold letters that can be by drivers, also include the type and breed of animal, whether it is a male or female, an adult or baby, and a name and number where you can always be reached.  Often, offering a small reward, like $10 is a great way to get every neighborhood child on the lookout.  Also, have a picture of the lost pet on your poster.  Bring your lost pet poster to local veterinary offices and to the shelter.
  • Taking advantage of online social media networks is also a great way to spread the word about a lost pet. Owners looking for their pets can post on the SMAS's facebook wall to advertise a lost pet.
  • Injured animals are often found and taken immediately to the nearest vet clinic.  When the SMAS receives injured animals, the animal is typically taken to either the Mahaska Veterinary Clinic or Animal Health Center of Oskaloosa. Mahaska Veterinary Clinic can be reached at (641) 673-0431 and Animal Health Center of Oskaloosa can be reached at (641) 673-5525

Before your pet has the chance to get lost, prevent yourself a lot of heartache by simply making sure that your pet is wearing a collar and current ID tags and is microchipped.



Statistics show that one in four pets will be lost sometime during their lifetime.  Of those pets that become lost, many of them are never found again by their owners.  How can you assure that your beloved family member is reunited with you if it ever gets lost?  The best answer is to make sure that it is wearing tags and is microchipped.

A microchip is a tiny identification device (about the size of a grain of rice) that is implanted beneath the skin of your pet.  Each chip contains a unique identification number.  When a pet is found, it can be scanned at an animal shelter or veterinary clinic. 

Every animal adopted from the SMAS receives a microchip before going to their new home. However, the SMAS also provides microchipping services for dogs and cats that are not adopted from the shelter for $25.00. If you would like to get your pet microchipped please call the SMAS at (641) 673-3991 or visit the shelter during normal business hours.

Humane Traps
Live traps are available at the SMAS.  We only have a limited number of traps; call the shelter prior to coming out to ensure that a trap is available.  Please bring your checkbook, as we require a $20 deposit.  We will give you your check back when you return the trap.

Stephen Memorial Animal Shelter

2299 235th Street
Oskaloosa, IA 52577
Phone: 641-673-3991
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Tuesday - Friday
11am -5pm

11am -4pm

We are closed to the public Sunday and Monday.



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