LOST AND FOUND PET TIPS
TIPS FOR FINDING
A LOST PET
- Check the shelter frequently! Call or visit us and report your missing pet. View all the pets at animal services here. Check our website frequently, every pet received is listed and it is updated hourly.
- Utilize social media Posting information about your lost pet on sites such as Finding Rover, Facebook or Instagram. There are several local and regional Facebook pages dedicated to lost/found pets: Lost & Found Dogs - North Carolina and Lost and Found Pets of Alamance County and Surrounding Areas are two great pages to start.
- Post fliers in your community. Make a flier with a picture and full description of your pet, when and where it was last seen, and your contact information. Post fliers in your neighborhood, or where your pet went missing, as well as pet stores, veterinary offices, supermarkets, bulletin boards, gas and convenience stores, schools, etc. Utilize the free lost pet flyer distribution service at Pet Harbor
- Register your pet on the new cutting edge pet facial recognition app, Finding Rover (see above for more information).
- Register your pet on PawBoost
- Place a lost pet ad in the local newspaper's classified section
- Search your neighborhood or the area your pet went missing and call your pet's name. Let people you see know you are looking for your pet and give them a flyer.
Multiple forms of ID greatly increase the likelihood that you will be reunited with your lost pet.
Burlington Animal Services takes in thousands of lost or stray animals each year. In accordance with state law, lost or stray animals are held for a minimum of 72 hours. Each animal received is checked for a microchip or other form of identification. Unfortunately, most animals have no identification tags or microchip, making it nearly impossible to find the owner.
If you own a cat or dog, please be sure your pet always wears a collar with a current ID tag, rabies tag and has a microchip. It is also a requirement under state law for dogs, cats and ferrets 4 months of age and older to be currently vaccinated against rabies and wear a valid rabies tag.
It is important that all pets have both permanent and visible forms of ID. Lost pets often lose their collar and ID tag (or in cases of stolen pets a collar can be removed) and can only be identified by their microchip
ID TAGS: Identification tags should include up to date contact information (address and phone number of owner) and can be purchased at many pet supply stores, veterinary offices and online vendors. If you have a hard time keeping a collar on your pet (or if the pet is stolen and the collar is removed), you will want to have another method of identification such as a permanent microchip
MICROCHIPS: Microchips are about the size of a grain of rice and are implanted just beneath the surface of the skin between the shoulder blades. The process is similar to receiving vaccination through a needle and most animals don’t even react when the microchip is implanted. Microchips are the only truly permanent form of identification and lasts for the lifetime of your pet. If your pet has a microchip it is imperative to keep your contact information up to date with the microchip registry, so you can be contacted in the event your pet becomes lost and is found. Microchips are available year-round through your veterinarian.
It's simple to use! Download the free app for Android or iOS, or through the web at www.FindingRover.com. Registration can be done through Facebook or email. If you own a dog, snap his/her picture or upload from a device's photo album, and create a profile. If a user has lost or found a dog, he/she can take a photo within the app or upload a photo from a device’s photo album to make a report. Once a dog has been reported and identified through Finding Rover’s facial recognition software, possible matches will be given.
We encourage ALL pet owners to register with Finding Rover before their pets ever go missing. With the entire community on board, Finding Rover can help stray pets find their way home. And that's a win-win for everyone!