•Put up signs, pass out a lot of fliers and place ads. Most found ads are free and some lost ads are too. Place ads in the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Times, Pennysaver and any community papers. If you find a pet without ID tags, take it to a veterinarian and have it scanned for a microchip.
•Go to shelters every day if possible. Check the shelter websites often.
•Have pictures and description details available.
If you are close to shelters in another county, be sure to check there. Pets, especially dogs, can travel a long way.
The local shelter servicing Costa Mesa and Newport Beach is the Orange County Humane Society Shelter, 21632 Newland St., Huntington Beach. Call them at (714) 536-8480 or visit http://www.ochumanesociety.com.