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Lost & Found Pets

Tips to Prevent Pet Loss:

 

  1. Ensure Your Pet is Identifiable – Modern rabies tags and microchips should be registered to your most current address on Pet Hub. Collars should fit snuggly with two finger’s width space between collar and neck with tags showing your most current address and contact information. For those especially prone to roaming or escape, you may consider purchasing a GPS Collar, Dig Defence, building a DIY Roller or utilizing BFAS’s Tips here. You might also consider building a DIY Cat Fence or Cat Enclosure.
  2. Spay and Neuter – Intact animals will roam because they are looking to fulfill the natural instinct to mate. Spay and Neuter eliminates this desire, allowing your pet to remain safe and secure. Visit our Pet Medical Help page for a list of low-cost clinics.
  3. Obey Leash Laws – Never leave your pet unattended, unleashed, or outdoors when an adult is not present. Don’t forget to close windows and lock doors while not home.
  4. Improve Recall – View the AKC’s Recall Tips here.

Have You Lost Your Pet?

 

  1. Understand lost dog and cat behavior.
  2. Walk the neighborhood and knock on doors! Share fliers with your neighbors, local veterinarians, delivery drivers and postal carriers!
  3. Post your lost pet to Pet Harbor, Nextdoor and Facebook Lost and Found Pet groups like Skippy Lou’s Lost & Found. The more social channels the better! Ensure a swift reunion by including photos of your pet, a description of where your pet was last seen and your contact information. If applicable, notify your microchip company the animal is lost.
  4. Hang neon fliers in your neighborhood, especially near large intersections – these fliers should show a large photo of the lost pet and your contact information in large, bold, lettering. Fliers hung near intersections should be laminated to avoid distress. You might also consider using florescent window markers to promote the lost pet on your car – Don’t forget to tape a large photo of the pet to the windows so passers-by have a visual!
  5. Search Pet Harbor and visit your local animal control daily.

Have You Found a Pet?

 

It’s perfectly natural to feel overwhelmed when caring for a found animal! The Good News? You’re not alone and many animal control shelters now offer resources to aid caretakers in their efforts of reuniting! Why? Because finders typically represent the highest opportunity for reuniting found pets with their families while animal shelters typically represent the lowest. Additionally, a finder’s home allows the least stressful environment for the animal in the intermediate in an otherwise confusing and stressful time – preserving both the animal’s health and well being.

Are You Able to Provide Care?

 

  1. Contact your local animal control to report the found animal and understand what resources are available to you. In addition to scanning for a microchip, they may be able to provide basic supplies such as food, bedding and crate materials.
  2. Walk the neighborhood and knock on doors! You’d be shocked at how many pets are simply neighbors you haven’t met!
  3. Post the found animal to Pet Harbor, Nextdoor and Facebook Lost and Found Pet groups like Skippy Lou’s Lost & Found. The more social channels the better! Ensure a swift reunion by including multiple photos of the animal, a detailed description of where the animal was found and your contact information.
  4. Hang neon fliers in your neighborhood, especially near large intersections –  these fliers should show a large photo of the found pet and the finder’s contact information in large, bold, lettering. You might also consider using florescent window markers to promote the found pet on your car – Don’t forget to tape a large photo of the pet to the windows so passers-by have a visual!
  5. The stray-hold for a found pet is 3 days without identification (information tag, rabies tag or microchip) and 7 days with identification. If no owner has been found within the stray-hold period, you may consider rehoming.

If You Cannot Provide Care..

 

If there is no caretaker available to assist in efforts of reuniting, contact your local animal control for placement.  These tax-funded shelters may also assist with field services and serve as the legal authority for suspected abandonment, cruelty and neglect.

 

Davidson Co. 615-862-7928

Williamson Co. 615-595-4880

Cheatham Co. 615-792-3647

Montgomery Co. 931-648-5750 

Rutherford Co. 615-907-3647 or 615-898-7740

Mt. Juliet 615-773-5533

Maury Co. 931-375-1401 

 

 

What About Kittens?

 

Please view our Cat Help page for resources relating to community cats and their offspring with further resources for found kittens available here.