***Note: WISCONSIN STRAY ANIMAL HOLDING TIME HAS BEEN REDUCED! Effective March 3, 2016, all stray animals entering an animal control facility or humane society with an animal control contract will have a FIVE (5) day stray hold period, four days plus the day of confiscation which was reduced from eight (8) days, seven days plus the day of confiscation. This means that on day SIX (6) in custody, animals who have not been reclaimed may be adopted out or transferred to another facility for adoption. In rare instances when an animal is not able to be placed due to an untreatable health condition leading to a poor quality of life or unsafe behavior that poses a safety risk to people or other animals, the animal may be euthanized but not until after the animal has been held EIGHT (8) full days. This means if you have lost your animal please take action immediately!***

 Is your Pet Lost?

The Oshkosh Area Humane Society is contracted with the City of Oshkosh and surrounding townships to care for stray animals.  Is your animal at OAHS?  Click  HERE for a list of jurisdictions we cover for stray pets.

Owners who have LOST a pet are asked to fill out a Lost Dog or Lost Cat report online immediately or call 920.424.2128.  OAHS posts a photo of all stray animals that come in on the Facebook page: Found Strays at the Oshkosh Area Humane Society.  Owners are also encouraged to visit the Oshkosh Area Humane Society to look for their pets, rather than call, as many animals look the same. Check online sites such as Craigslist or other animal re-homing pages.  File a report with Lost Dogs of Wisconsin or Lost Cats of Wisconsin.

Wondering what other steps to take to help find your lost pet?  Click here.

Did you Find a Pet?

Individuals who have FOUND a pet should file a Found Dog or Found Cat report with OAHS. Don't assume a lost or stray pet has been intentionally abandoned or mistreated. Think about what you'd want someone to do if they found your lost pet. Finders can either keep the pet until the owner is located or can surrender the pet to the Oshkosh Area Humane Society but please always file a report to make sure every effort is made to find the pet's owner. Please bring the pet in to have it scanned for a microchip, another way of finding the pet's owner. Check online on sites such as Craigslist or Facebook pages such as Lost Dogs of Wisconsin or Lost Cats of Wisconsin to see if someone is searching for their lost pet.

Again, if you have recently lost or found a pet please complete one of the applicable forms immediately so we can more quickly reunite animals with their families.  Please be aware that we will keep your report on file for three months and do everything within our power to reunite the pet with its rightful owner. If you have recovered your animal within that time frame, please contact us at 920.424.2128 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we may discard the "lost" report.

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Pet Surrenders

We know it is a very difficult decision to surrender your pet for any reason. Many behavioral problems can be managed and improved  upon in the home with the assistance of a behavior professional using positive reinforcement based training.  We encourage you to call our Care Giving Department for more information.  If you still feel you need to surrender your pet, please call 920.424.2128 first. We can offer advice and/or schedule an appointment to meet with you. For more surrender information click here.

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