LOST & FOUND PETS

If you have lost or found a pet, you may fill out a report using the links provided on this page. Please note, PAWS is not a county shelter facility and as such, cannot accept stray pets. Please be sure to check, in person, with your county facility for your animal daily.

 


 

I’ve lost my pet, what do I do?
1.  Contact your Municipal Open-Intake Shelter and look in person there for your pet (pets are held for 72 hours before becoming property of the shelter).  The San Marcos Animal Shelter is the open-intake shelter for Hays County and Austin Animal Center is for Travis County.   Also, contact your Animal Control Officer.  You can easily do this by dialing 311.

You can fill out a Lost Pet report for Hays County CLICK HERE.

To Search Lost/Found Pets for Hays County CLICK HERE.

Email PAWS Shelter of Central Texas at info@pawsshelter.org  as much information about your lost pet as possible.  Please include:  Name, sex, age, animal type, breed, color, special markings, whether spayed/neutered, if wearing collar a description, microchip # if chipped, date, time and place last seen, your contact information and picture if available.

 

2. If your pet is micro-chipped be sure to notify your microchip company.  If you adopted the pet, notify  the shelter or rescue.

Update contact information with Shelter, rescue and microchip company (may cost $).

Common Microchip Contacts

24 Pet Watch

Home Again

Avid

 

3.  Put out a yard sign with a large picture of your pet and your contact information.  If possible, also stake a yard sign at neighborhood entrance during peak traffic times, like 7-9am or 4-6pm.  You’d be surprised how close your pet may be!

 

4.  Search and Post on Craigslist.  Be sure to search for a generic description (i.e. black dog) many people don’t know breeds or how to age a dog and may post inaccurate information.

When posting give as much information as possible.  Height, weight, color, sex.   Place and time last seen, if wearing collar and if so a description.  Any identifying markings.

 

5.  Post and search on neighborhood listserves or Facebook pages.  Post on Facebook Page Lost Dogs of Texas and Lost and Found Pets of Hays County Facebook Group.  Be sure to always include pictures and as much detail as possible.

Lost Dogs of Texas will create a flier and email it to you for easy distribution.

 

6. Post flyers where people STOP.  Place where they can easily read while in a care or walking.

 

7.  Stay in close and frequent touch with area shelters.  Visiting your open-intake shelter every 2-3 days is NOT too often.  Go in person.  Shelters and animal control are very busy and may not be able to respond or give accurate information over the phone.

 

8. Don’t give up hope.  Pets are regularly re-united with their families.

 

 

I’ve found a dog/cat, what do I do?

1.  Contact your Municipal Open-Intake Shelter and fill out a Found Pet Report.  If possible  hold on to the pet for at least 24 hours (pets are held for 72 hours before becoming property of the shelter).  The San Marcos Animal Shelter is the open-intake shelter for Hays County and Austin Animal Center is for Travis County.   Also, contact your Animal Control Officer.  You can easily do this by dialing 311.

To fill out a Found Pet report for Hays County CLICK HERE.

To Search Lost/Found Pets for Hays County CLICK HERE.

Email PAWS Shelter of Central Texas at info@pawsshelter.org  as much information about your lost pet as possible.  Please include:  Name, sex, age, animal type, breed, color, special markings, whether spayed/neutered, if wearing collar a description, microchip # if chipped, date, time and place last seen, your contact information and picture if available.

 

2. Take the pet to an area vet or shelter to check for a microchip.  If a pet is neutered or has a tatoo, they are more than likely micro-chipped too.

The vet or shelter can contact the microchip company for owner information.  However, if the chip is not registered or the owner is not available they may NOT be able to hold on to the pet.

 

3.  Put out a yard sign with a large picture of the found pet and your contact information.  If possible, also stake a yard sign at neighborhood entrance during peak traffic times, like 7-9am or 4-6pm.  You’d be surprised how close the pet may live!

 

4.  Search and Post on Craigslist.  Be sure to search for a generic description (i.e. black dog) many people don’t know breeds or how to age a dog and may post inaccurate information.

When posting give as much information as possible.  Height, weight, color, sex.   Place and time found, if wearing collar and if so a description.  Any identifying markings.

 

5.  Post and search on neighborhood listserves or Facebook pages.  Post on Facebook Page Lost Dogs of Texas and Lost and Found Pets of Hays County Facebook Group.  Be sure to always include pictures and as much detail as possible.

Lost Dogs of Texas will create a flier and email it to you for easy distribution.

 

6. Post flyers where people STOP.  Place where they can easily read while in a care or walking.

 

7. Don’t assume the pet is unwanted due to condition.  The pet may have been lost for a long time or have a health issue.

 

8.  Hold on to the pet as long as possible, it will make it more likely  that the pet is re-united with it’s family and not be euthanized.

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