Lost Pet Help

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Do not panic, we are here to help you!!

Is your pet microchipped?  If so, make sure to call the microchip company.

 

Next: Go to helpinglostpets.com and make a flyer.  Your flyer will be distributed to the area where your pet was lost.  Make sure to post flyers in that area as well.

Petharbor.com is also a good place to file a report. 

Look at all the local shelters. ALWAYS walk each shelter!!!  Pictures are not always accurate.

FACEBOOK

Lost Cat Video

https://youtu.be/g2eCoC63B9I

All shelters have a personal Facebook.  Make sure to look them up as well.

Lost Pet Advocates of Galveston County (If you ask the group for ideas and resources, they will help you.

Santa Fe Lost and Found Fur Babies

Pets of South Belt

Lost Dogs of Texas

Lost Cats of Texas

Also post to NextDoor, Neighbors, MMS all your contacts in the area.

Found Pet Help

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Have You Found a Dog, Cat, Bird or Other Lost Pet?
Here’s How To Help Them Get Back Home

First, be sure to notify local animal control agencies and your local shelters about the stray dog, cat or other pet that you have found. You may be reluctant to surrender a stray to a shelter for fear that it will be put down before the owner can reclaim it, but the shelter is the obvious place where someone who has lost a pet would look.  If you cannot foster the pet until it can be reclaimed, you may have to surrender the stray to a shelter. Most shelters will allow you to take the pet back if it is not reclaimed or adopted out. There may be some fees involved so please ask first.

 

 

At the very least you should notify your local shelters and go there with posters and be sure one is displayed if there is a bulletin board. Almost all shelters have limited resources and are sadly overburdened. There is probably not enough staff to check the many lost and found pet reports they receive. Most states have laws about how long strays must be held and it may be only a few days.  So,  if at all possible, try to make every effort to trace the owner yourself. This could circumvent the stay in the shelter with its attendant risks.

Don’t rush to judgement about the owner! We are finding lately that some people who find a stray dog or cat are reluctant to give them up. It is easy to fall in love with a dog or cat, especially a kitten or puppy and not try too hard to trace the owner. People rationalize this behavior by thinking “Well, if the pet were really well cared for, it would not have gotten lost”. Not true! It happens to the best of us.  Or else the dog or cat is in bad shape, and people think it’s because of neglect, but it only takes a few days on the street for a stray dog or cat to start looking bad. So please, do not give up too soon and make every effort to trace the owner. The odds are that someone out there is grieving for the dog or cat or bird, etc.,. you have found.

Keep in mind that a dog or cat you have found could be very far from home. So do not make your search too narrow

A Word of Caution: Be careful before you introduce a found cat or dog to your other pets. Keep it isolated or have it tested for infectious diseases . Take any found dog or cat to a vet or a shelter and they will scan it for a microchip. This is a courtesy service.

9 Steps To Take In Tracing The Owner

Ideally, there would be a single, universal, selectively searchable registry to consolidate lost and found pet reports. The Pet FBI database is designed to serve this purpose. Unfortunately information about lost and found pets may be widely scattered among several agencies and web sites, social media, print media, posters, etc. Therefore, you should  seek and spread information about the animal you have found in as many ways as possible. Here are twelve steps to follow:

 

1. Contact your community animal control agencies.

Often this is the first place people call when they realize their animal is missing. Ask that they keep a written record that you have found a certain animal. If at all possible, go there and check their lost and found files in person and bring your own found report with photo. 

2. Check Tags

If you find a dog with a license or rabies tag, to find out the name of the owner, contact your local shelter. Shelters handle these records or they can tell you who does.

3. Check for other means of identification, such as microchips and tattoos

  • Microchips:
    Several organizations and businesses (for example: the American Kennel Club, HomeAgain and Avid) sponsor a nationwide companion animal recovery system that involves the use of tattoos or microchips. The microchips are implanted under the loose skin on the scruff of the neck, but the only way to detect an identification microchip is with a special scanner. Local animal control agencies and almost all shelters and veterinary offices have the necessary equipment. Be sure to have the found pet – dog or cat –  scanned for a microchip.

  • Dog Tattoos:
    Look for a series of numbers on the inner right hind leg, on the belly where the hair is thin, (you may have to brush the hair aside to see), or sometimes the ear. There are a number of registries that use tattoos. Some breeders and shelters also use tattoos. 

 

4. Call the offices of neighborhood veterinarians

People often leave lost and found reports with them. You can use a web search engine to identify the vets in your area.

 

Place your printed page in a page protector with open edge down and seal with clear packaging tape to ensure longer readability

 

5. Prepare a flyer

Include a picture or description of the animal, date found, and how to contact you. Be sure the letters are large enough to be visible from a passing car, especially the phone number.

Have copies made on bright colored paper. These should be posted in your local grocery store, pet store, grooming spot etc. They usually have a bulletin board for these flyer.

 

6. Speak to people…

…particularly those familiar with the area where you found the animal: letter carriers, meter readers, school bus drivers, neighborhood children, etc. Take a photograph and show it to people in the area to see if they recognize the animal. Hand out cards or flyers with your phone number.

7.  Check other web-based resources such as Facebook and Next Door

Next Door is a well known and widely used for community information. Select your area, then “Community” then “Lost + Found”. The lost and found is for everything, not just pets, and the ads are organized by the date they were posted. It is also possible to see a map with pins indicating the location of lost or found pets if the poster uses that feature.  It is possible to search by key words like “ lost black cat” but it may require some patience to view all the relevant information on Next Door. The principle advantage is that it is widely known and used.

 

8.  Use Facebook

In many areas, Facebook pages dedicated to lost and found pets have sprung up. Use your browser’s search engine to find them as well as other lost and found sites. (use keywords “lost and found pets + your area”.) The advantage of using lost and found Facebook pages is that they attract “regulars” who are self-appointed helpers and look for lost pets in their neighborhood or look for matches on other sites. The disadvantage of using Facebook is that first you must be a registered Facebook user to post or to search. To avoid the bother of setting up your own Facebook account, you can ask practically any young person to help with Facebook.

9. Post and check community bulletin boards and Lost and Found classified ads in your local papers.

Some papers run “Found” ads for free. In checking lost reports, be sure to go back as far as you think it is possible for the stray to have been lost, which could be many weeks or even months especially in the case of cats. Check the ads regularly because it may be some time before the owner decides to place one. The people in the classified ads department should be able to help you research expired ads. Do not overlook community bulletin boards in local libraries, pet supply stores, supermarkets, laundromats, cafes, groomers and kennels etc.

 

City Ordinance Sec.4-12 (C)

Any person who keeps, harbors, feeds, shelters or otherwise allows any stray animal or any animal which has been dumped, released or abandoned, to remain on the persons property for three (3) or more days with out notifying the regulatory authority, shall hereby be deemed the owner of said animal.

What To Do When You Find The Owner

Be cautious before you surrender the animal to someone who claims to be the owner!
If and when you are contacted by someone who claims to be the owner, it is best to ask for some proof, such as a veterinary receipt or a photograph. In the case of dogs, you can ask to see the license or rabies certificate. Unfortunately, there are unscrupulous and heartless people who collect animals for abusive purposes.

 

Before surrendering an animal under your protection, you should ask for a picture ID, like a driver’s license. Be sure to note the person’s vehicle registration number. If they balk at being asked for identification, or if the license plate is not legible, it is possible that they are” bunchers”, people who gather up animals to exploit them for their own profit. Do not be overly trusting because they are accompanied by a child, which is a common ploy.

Be wary if someone contacts you offering to adopt the pet you have found if you cannot trace the owner. We have had reports of “bunchers” trying to acquire animals in this way

If possible, when someone calls to claim the animal you have found, try to ask them for details about the animal that your notice does not reveal: some particularity of coloring or behavior perhaps. But be aware that people may honestly not remember that their dog has two white toes on his left paw, for example. However, if someone is able to furnish this kind of information, you may be confident that they are “legit”.

 

What If You Do Not Find The Owner ?

If you are unsuccessful in tracing the owner of the pet that you have found, and/or you are unable to keep it, contact shelters in your community and learn about their policies.

AREA SHELTERS

BAYOU ANIMAL SERVICES

bayouanimalservices.org

3100 Deats Rd.

Dickinson, TX 77539

281-337-3117

LEAGUE CITY ANIMAL CONTROL

leaguecity.com/3553/Animal-Control

755 West Walker

League City, TX 77573

281-554-1377

GALVESTON COUNTY ANIMAL RESOURCE CENTER

gchd.org/animal-services/galveston-county-animal-resource-center

3412 25TH Ave N. (Loop 197)

Texas City, TX 77568

409-948-2485

ALVIN ANIMAL CONTROL

alvin-tx.gov/page/animalshelter.home

550 Highway 6

Alvin, TX 77511

281-338-4332

WEBSTER ANIMAL CONTROL

cityofwebster.com/442/Animal-Control

855 Magnolia Ave

Webster, TX 77598 

281-482-1025

CITY OF FRIENDSWOOD

ci.friendswood.tx.us/197/Animal-Control

416 S. FRIENDSWOOD DR.

FRIENDSWOOD, TX 77546

281-482-1025

BAY AREA PET ADOPTIONS

bayareapetadoptions.org

3000 Avenue R

San Leon, TX 77539

281-339-2086

HOUSTON HUMANE SOCIETY

houstonhumane.org

14700 Almeda Rd.

Houston, TX 77053

713-433-6421

BARC OF HOUSTON

houstontx.gov/barc

3300 Carr St.

Houston, TX 77026

713-229-2300

Life Can Hand Us Lemons

Rehome Your Pet

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Sometimes life throws lemons our way and no amount of lemonade can make it right.  If you have to give up your pet, and all other avenues have failed, try ReHome  through Adopt A Pet. If that doesn't work then we will be glad to talk about taking your pet into one of our foster homes until we can find a new adoptor.