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.

HAYS COUNTY:

The San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter is the open-intake shelter for all of Hays County. Please visit their website here or call their office at 512-805-2650 for information regarding steps to take for a lost or found pet.

  • To fill out a Lost or Found Pet report for Hays County CLICK HERE.
  • To Search Lost/Found Pets for Hays County CLICK HERE.

Hays County Animal Control services are broken up by city or county. Use the information below to determine the correct Animal Control Office:

  • San Marcos - 512-805-2650
  • Kyle - 512-268-0859
  • Buda - 512-393-7896
  • For animal control in Dripping Springs, Wimberley, Driftwood or other areas of Hays County NOT including the City of San Marcos you would call the Hays County Sheriff's office at 512-393-7800

 


TRAVIS COUNTY:

The Austin Animal Center is the open-intake shelter for all of Travis County. Due to the pandemic, their intake processes may have changed. Please contact 311 or visit their lost and found website here.

 


2. If your pet is microchipped 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

-Found Animals

-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 local listserves and Facebook groups designated for lost and found pets.  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. Always add a photo if possible.

 

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

 

6.  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.

 

7. 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 Animal report.  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.

HAYS COUNTY:

The San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter is the open-intake shelter for all of Hays County. Please visit their website here or call their office at 512-805-2650 for information regarding steps to take for a lost or found pet.

  • To fill out a Found Pet report for Hays County CLICK HERE.
  • To Search Lost Reports for Hays County CLICK HERE.

Hays County Animal Control services are broken up by city or county. Use the information below to determine the correct Animal Control Office:

  • San Marcos - 512-805-2650
  • Kyle - 512-268-0859
  • Buda - 512-393-7896
  • For animal control in Dripping Springs, Wimberley, Driftwood or other areas of Hays County NOT including the City of San Marcos you would call the Hays County Sheriff's office at 512-393-7800

 


TRAVIS COUNTY:

The Austin Animal Center is the open-intake shelter for all of Travis County. Due to the pandemic, their intake processes may have changed. Please contact 311 or visit their lost and found website here.

 

2. Take the pet to an area vet or shelter to check for a microchip.  If a pet is neutered or has a tattoo, they are more than likely microchipped 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 local listserves and Facebook groups designated for lost and found pets.  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. Always add a photo if possible.

 

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

 

6. 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.

 

7.  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.

 


To submit a lost or found report to PAWS, 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.

I NEED TO REHOME MY PET, WHAT DO I DO?