Report a Found Pet

If you see a pet roaming without an owner and you do not feel comfortable taking the pet into your home, contact your local Animal Control Agency and notify them of the pet’s description and location.

If you found the pet outside of Jefferson County, please take them to the closest animal shelter within that county. Owners are more likely to search for their missing pet at the shelter closest to their home, so it is important not to take the pet far from the area where it was found. The fee is also higher to redeem a pet from out of county.

If you found the pet without a license or I.D. tag, follow these steps:

  1. Take the animal to the nearest veterinary clinic or shelter to be scanned for a microchip.
  2. If no microchip is found, place the animal in the nearest shelter that accepts stray pets, or keep the animal until the owner is found.
  3. Go door-to-door in your area speaking to neighbors and handing out “found pet” flyers.
  4. Put up a “found pet” ad on online sources like Facebook, NextDoor, or in local newspapers.

If you found the pet with a license or I.D. tag, follow these steps:

  1. Use the tag number to search for the pet’s family.
  2. Contact your local Animal Control Agency or animal shelter for help in locating the owners.
  3. Bring the pet to the closest animal shelter to house the animal until the animal is found, or offer to keep the animal with you.

Please note: Found animals who are brought to the Shelter and held for five days to give the original owner the opportunity to claim their pet.  If you are interested in adopting the pet you found, it is still very important to give the original owner a chance to claim the pet. A hold (this costs $15) can be placed on an animal awaiting reunion with their owner.

Foothills Animal Shelter is an open-admissions facility, meaning we never turn an animal away. Click here for our hours and directions to the Shelter.