Here are some suggestions to help you if your pet is lost:

  1. View the lost pets at the J. B. Ogle Animal Shelter.

  2. If your pet was wearing a current license or I.D. tag, we will make every effort possible to notify you and reunite you with your lost pet. If your pet was not wearing a tag, it is very important that you personally visit the animal shelter that services your area or city. You may have to make several visits as, every day, new dogs and cats are picked up by our animal control officers or by concerned citizens and brought into the shelters. Lost dogs and cats have been known to wander some distance. Be sure to visit other animal shelters in communities near where you live, as shelter areas border one another and your pet could be in several different shelters depending on where he or she was lost. When you come to an animal shelter, be sure to ask to see all the found animals, including any that are being held in the hospital or observation wards. Ask about any injured animals that may have been taken to a private veterinarian or that were picked up sadly dead off the street.

  3. Many animal shelters have "Lost and Found" bulletin boards in their lobbies. Put a description of your pet, your name, your phone number, where the pet was lost and when, etc. on the board. Add a photograph of your pet if possible.

  4. Search your neighborhood, leaving the description of your pet and your name and phone number with as many people as possible. Remember to ask mail carriers and paper delivery service personnel.

  5. Post signs in the neighborhood where your pet was lost. Give all the basic information and give your telephone number. In many areas it is not legal to post "Lost Pet" signs on telephone poles & streetlights. Some cities impose fines on persons who violate this law, tracing the phone number on the signs. Be careful where you put any "Lost Pet" posters.

  6. Keep looking! Remember, many well-meaning people do not know it is unlawful to keep a stray animal and will not immediately take a lost pet to an animal shelter. They sometimes keep it in their yard for several weeks hoping to find the owner on their own and not realizing you are looking for your lost pet in the animal shelter that provides service to your area or city.

  7. Advertise in local newspapers and be sure to read the "Found" ads. Many community papers will allow you to post information about a "Found Pet" free of charge. Remember when reading the "Found" ads that not everyone would describe your pet the same way as you.

  8. If you are fortunate enough to find your lost pet, be sure to attach a license and identification tag to his/her collar. Also, consider a microchip for your pet.


Please do not take the chance of losing your pet. When you go for a walk, put your pet on a leash. Before letting your pet out in a fenced yard, make sure all the gates are closed.


Lost Pets - FAQs

1) Question: Where do I look for a lost pet?
Answer: It is very important that you personally visit the animal shelter that services your city or area. Then visit other shelters nearby. When you arrive at the shelter, be certain to ask to see all of the found animals, including found animals that are being held in the hospital or observation wards. Ask about any injured animals that may have been taken to a private veterinarian or that were picked up sadly, dead off the street.
2) Question: Can I leave information regarding my lost pet at the animal shelter?
Answer: Yes. Each County Animal Shelter has a lost and found bulletin board for posting such information. In addition, our shelter staff and shelter volunteers work hard at trying to match up lost pets with their owners.