LOST OR FOUND ANIMAL
Here are helpful resources to try and either reunite the lost animal with their family or get them into safe hands if they don’t have a family or are unwanted.
Facebook is also an invaluable resource for trying to find an animal’s family. Be sure to check these resources DAILY and also POST the animal with photos as “FOUND”.
Below is a list of pages and groups to contact for help:
Animal Rescue Facebook Directory (By State)
Also check other neighborhood and county Facebook pages DAILY.
**If the animal does not have a microchip to direct you to their family, please ask people who may contact you claiming the animals as theirs, for proof:
- Photos with the animal;
- Vet records;
- Description of distinguishable markings.
Whenever possible, return the animal at their own veterinarian clinic for further verification of ownership. Other places to ensure the animal’s best interest are local police substations or in public places.
Please do not re-home found pets immediately once found! There may be a heart-broken family desperately looking for them and it is illegal in many states to turn over an animal without properly looking for their family!
If you’ve lost a companion, we understand that they’re part of your family and have provided you with a list of steps for you to follow to have the best chances of being reunited.
If your animal has a microchip, your first move should be to contact the microchip company and alert them that your dog or cat is LOST. Many companies will notify local veterinarians and shelters on your behalf and help you get lost posters made. If you adopted the animal from a shelter, they’ll be microchipped. Contact the shelter or rescue group to help you trace the microchip company’s information. They rescue group or shelter may even be able to provide you with more help in finding your loved one.
Craigslist (look up your local city to post an ad under “pets” and “lost and found”).
FOUND AN ANIMAL?
If you’ve found an animal, follow these tips to try and either reunite the lost animal with their family or get them into safe hands if they don’t have a family or are unwanted.
THANK YOU for helping them!
Please take the animal to any local veterinarian clinic or shelter and they’ll be able to scan them to see if they have a microchip. If so, you’ll find out what their ID number is and you’ll be able to find out who the microchip company is, so that they can be notified of the found animal and contact the registered owner.
If the microchip data is not registered or not updated, please ask for help on the lost/found Facebook sites! There are many people able to help you tracking down “dead-end” chips.
Craigslist (look up your local city to post an ad under “pets” and “lost and found”). Please be VERY cautious (read the Craigslist article here to protect the animal and yourself before posting an ad). Do not describe the dog’s gender, color of collar (if they had one), spayed or neutered or any distinguishable markings!