Lost and found animals

Lost and found pets are kept at the Viikki Animal Shelter for 15 days.

Lost pets found in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area are cared for at the Viikki Animal Shelter. The animal shelter is operated by the Helsinki Animal Welfare Association (HESY ry).

Animals are kept at the shelter for 15 days. During this time, the owner can retrieve their pet in exchange for the care costs. Found pets can be brought to the animal shelter free of charge.

If the owner of a pet cannot be reached within 15 days, its ownership is transferred to HESY ry. For more information about the operation of the animal shelter, please visit the Viikki Animal Shelter website.

HESY ry is responsible for caring for and keeping lost and found animals for 15 days at the owner's expense.

Report lost and found pets

If you have lost a pet found a pet without an owner, contact the Viikki Animal Shelter.

Outside the opening hours of the animal shelter, contact the police by calling the national emergency number 112.

If an unleashed pet poses a danger to people or traffic, for example, call the national emergency number 112.

Call us

Report lost and found pets by telephone

Call charge: toll free

Visit us

Visit the Viikki Animal Shelter

Koetilantie 13​, 00790 Helsinki