Lost & Found

Lost & Found

Is your pet missing? Have you found a stray pet? Here are some basic tips on how to reunite lost & found pets with their owners.

For LOST animals

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  • Check the Franklin County Shelter in person. Give them a description and if possible email them a photo. Don’t forget surrounding counties (Vance, Granville, Wake, Nash, Warren) – animals don’t read signs and don’t know where the county lines are!
  • If your pet has a microchip call the company it’s registered with right away – don’t wait even an hour as the sooner you get the “lost” notification to them the faster then can get the word out to local vets, rescues and shelters.
  • Find a photo and enlarge it so it can be easily seen by drivers on the road. Put basic info such as pet’s name, sex and a phone number along with the word LOST at the top. See an exampleMake these signs as large as possible! A typical piece of paper is NOT large enough! Print it out in color and affix to a poster sized board or cardboard. Corrugated plastic yard signs are also great as they last longer then paper – you can find these at local hardware stores.
  • Post at all entrances and major intersections and take to local shops, post offices, vet offices, libraries, etc in your area within a 10 mile radius from where you lost the animal. Animals can travel long distances – especially if they were frightened at the time.
  • Offer a reward for lost pets – this may or may not motivate someone with info to come forward but it doesn’t hurt to try.
  • Remember – indoor cats who escape will most likely find a place to hide nearby so be sure to check all enclosed places – under stairs, sheds, inside garages, crawlspaces. Ask your neighbors to check all of these area in their home as well. Consider setting up a humane trap to lure the cat out of hiding. Contact us for more info on borrowing a trap.

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For FOUND animals

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  • Check the Franklin County Shelter in person. Give them a description and if possible email them a photo. Don’t forget surrounding counties (Vance, Granville, Wake, Nash, Warren) – animals don’t read signs and don’t know where the county lines are!
  • Take the animal to a local vet to scan it for a microchip and to treat the animal if it has any injuries, is flea or tick infested or appears extremely thin.
  • Make signs large enough so it can be easily seen by drivers on the road. Put basic info such as pet’s sex, color and species and a phone number along with the word FOUND at the top. NO PHOTOS on the flier! You want callers to identify the animal without having seen a photo first. This is for the safety of the animal. See an example
  • Make these signs as large as possible! A typical piece of paper is NOT large enough! Print it out in color and affix to a poster sized board or cardboard. Corrugated plastic yard signs are also great as they last longer then paper – you can find these at local hardware stores.
  • Post at all entrances and major intersections and take to local shops, post offices, vet offices, libraries, etc in your area within a 10 mile radius from where you found the animal. Animals can travel long distances – especially if they were frightened at the time.
  • Make sure to ask anyone who contacts you if the animal has any distinguishing features such as scars, colors, tattoos, etc before allowing the animal out of your care.
  • We suggest waiting 7-14 days before taking down the fliers.
  • If you choose to re-home the animal you can get help on our Re-homing page.

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