Lost, Found, Surrender

Over the years we have reunited many people with their pets long after they had given up hope of ever finding them. Often older pets find themselves suddenly disorientated when they have lost their owners in a state of confusion because their senses are not as keen anymore.

A seventeen-year-old cat that was lost in Calgary two months prior to being found in Bearspaw, was brought to us in Cochrane. We successfully traced her tattoo to her loving family where they rushed out to claim her that very afternoon – in a state of shock!

One March we reunited a thirteen-year-old, blind and deaf, female Shepherd with her family after being lost for the entire month in the terrible cold.

Let’s remember that as our pets creep into those senior years their senses do deteriorate and they are counting on us to look out for their best interest. Always make sure that your pets are wearing some sort of identification, and be sure that older pets are not left unattended off leash. Lastly, whatever you do – DON’T GIVE UP! Follow the same steps to find an older pet as you would a young pet; do not assume they are deceased because of their age or because time has lapsed since they initially went missing.

If you lose a Pet…

Contact us at 403-932-2072 or email us details about your missing pet including a photo at shelter@cochranehumane.ca.

There are some other things you can do once you have contacted us:

  • Check your neighbourhood right away; talk with neighbours and children playing in the area. Ask for homeowners to check garages, under decks, around sheds and greenhouses, etc.
  • If your pet was lost within the Town of Cochrane, please call Cochrane Animal Services at 403-851-2532 to see if your pet is at their animal shelter.
  • If your pet was lost outside of the Town of Cochrane, visit animal shelters, including the Cochrane & Area Humane Society, regularly as new animals frequently. You should also contact the animal services department of the County or Municipal District in which you reside.
  • Put up posters in your neighbourhood and deliver flyers door to door with a description of your pet.
  • Post on lost and found Facebook pages like YYC Pet Recovery or Cochrane Alberta Lost & Found Pets
  • Don’t give up! Lost pets have been returned to their owners months, and even years, after separation.

If you have found a Pet…

Check a pet’s tag for owner information or a license tag which will have a contact number for the appropriate animal services department.

If a pet was found within the Town of Cochrane, contact Cochrane Animal Services at 403-851-2532.

If a pet was found outside of the Town of Cochrane, contact the animal services department of the County or Municipal District in which it was found.

  • Rocky View County: 403-230-1401
  • MD of Bighorn: 403-673-3611
  • Mountain View County: 403-335-3311
  • MD of Foothills: 403-652-2341 or 403-931-1905

You can also post found animals on Facebook Pages like YYC Pet Recovery or Cochrane Alberta Lost & Found Pets

For further assistance regarding a pet you have found, you can call us at 403-932-2072.

Surrender A Pet

What are Your Options?

Depending on the reason for wanting to surrender your pet, sometimes obedience classes or an animal behaviour specialist can help the situation so that you are able to keep your companion. Your veterinarian can offer valuable advice as well. Whatever the case may be, our staff are happy to discuss the options that are available to you, surrendering being the very last resort. Here are some steps you can take to avoid having to surrender your pet to a shelter:

  • Try to place your pet with family or friends that will love and care for him/her.
  • Place an ad in the newspaper, at the local veterinarian office, or through social media – our staff can give you tips on screening potential adopters.
  • Consider obedience classes and/or seeking help from an animal behaviour specialist. We offer classes and behaviour consultations at CAHS.
  • Seek guidance from your veterinarian who knows your pet well.
  • Check if there is a breed rescue group for your breed of animal and contact them. They generally do a good job of screening potential adopters.
  • Check with the source of the pet, i.e. the breeder. Responsible breeders will attempt to help you with any problems you’re having or will often take their animals back.

What is Involved?

Surrendered pets are accepted pending shelter space and resources. Surrenders are by appointment only; we need time to make arrangements to accept your pet as we are normally at maximum capacity with strays and abandoned animals. Please call us to discuss your situation and book an appointment at 403-932-2072 ext 113. Surrender fees may apply.

Surrender Fees & Service Area

The CAHS service area includes:

  • Cochrane
  • Rocky View County West of Highway 2
  • MD of Big Horn
  • MountainView County
  • Redwood Meadows
  • Stoney Nation
  • Airdrie
  • Tsuu T’ina Nation

The City of Calgary and Town of Canmore are not within our service area as they have humane societies or SPCA’s providing services in their areas.

Surrender fees within our service area:

There are no fees for surrenders within our service area; however, donations are strongly encouraged to assist us in caring for your pet and providing for his/her medical and behaviour needs. We strive to provide an excellent level of care and based on the average length of time an animal spends with us, the cost of care to our organization is upwards of $500 per pet.

Surrender fees outside of our service area:

  • Cats/Kittens – $500 per pet
  • Dogs/Puppies – $500 per pet
  • Rabbits/Birds/Small Companion Animals – $100 per pet

Surrenders are accepted pending shelter space and by appointment only. As space permits, we may waive surrender fees at our discretion. Please call us to discuss your situation and book an appointment at 403-932-2072 ext 113.

Your Appointment

When you arrive for your appointment, please leave your pet in the vehicle while we complete the necessary paperwork. The surrendering process takes approximately 30 minutes and we will require your driver’s license with proof of address and your pet’s veterinary records at the time of admittance. Please remember to bring your pet’s food, crate, collar, and any toys or blankets that may help them feel a bit more secure while in the transition period. You must sign ownership of your pet over to the Cochrane & Area Humane Society where we will make every possible effort to find your pet a suitable home, but cannot guarantee that a placement will always be made.

Our Hours of Operation for Surrender Appointments:
Tuesday – Friday: 12 – 5:30pm
Saturday: 12 – 4:30pm


Adopted 2016

Maisy is doing wonderful (we kept her name since I thought it suited her). She is such a sweet-natured girl, and loves cuddles and belly rubs! She is starting to purr now when she is happy and around my boyfriend and I. The only time I’ve ever heard her meow though, was when we took her to the vet. Other than that, she doesn’t make a sound. I thought it was a little strange because I’ve always had chatty cats growing up, but I guess that’s just how Maisy is!
We could not have found a better cat to fit into our lives. Thank you so much once again.

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