If you have lost your pet act quickly! The first 24 hours can make a difference in finding your pet.
Put a photo of the lost or found pet on FindingRover, a facial recognition program by Petco that helps reunite lost pets with their families.
If you do not see your pet, keep looking. Call the other shelters in the area and contact LHS to report them lost.
Pets end up here sometimes weeks after they get lost, so never stop looking.
It is always best to visit the shelter in person to see if your pet is here and put up flyers about your lost pet in your neighborhood. What we call a lab mix may be a chow mix to you, so always come to look in person.
Tips for finding your lost pet:
- Lost pets may hide in fear. Do not count on “here kitty, kitty” or treats to get them to come to you. Get down and dirty, search all possible hiding places outside, look under sheds, decks, houses, etc. Most animals are found close to home. Talk to your neighbors and, after asking permission, search at your neighbor’s place. Put out food, water, and your pet’s bedding (something with their scent on in) in hopes the dog or cat will return home for food.
- Place posters at busy intersections. Posters should be GIANT and FLORESCENT COLORS; be brief and to the point and create a visual image. Try: Lost, a photo, and your number. Post around town at veterinary clinics, schools, grocery and convenience stores, and anywhere else you think might make a difference.
- For shy dogs and cats, set a humane trap near the point of escape (we have humane traps available for rent); call all the shelters around where you live and visit them regularly.
- Contact and leave a description with your mail carrier, newspaper carrier, garbage truck drivers, and local landscapers.
If you found a pet:
The Lynchburg Humane Society can only accept stray animals found in the City of Lynchburg. This allows owners the opportunity to find their animals in the county where they live and where they were lost. If you find a lost pet, please take it to the animal control facility in the county where it was found.
When you find a lost pet, you have a couple of choices and decisions to make. We suggest you check out the following information and do what you feel is right for your situation:
- If you have discovered an adult cat that has suddenly appeared at your home or business, we suggest that you leave it alone. You can give it water, but please do not feed the cat. 66% of all lost cats will find their way home if left alone. Only between 2-4% find their way back to their owners from local shelters. If the cat is still there after a few days to a week, then you should bring the cat in to us. If the cat is injured or sick, then do not hesitate to bring the lost cat into the shelter. If you decide to feed the cat or bring them into your home, put up posters and ask neighbors because more often than not, they belong to someone around you. If you have found an adult cat please read Community Cats, Be Part of the Solution.
- Call the Lynchburg Humane Society and other neighboring animal control agencies and report that you found a lost pet. Give a thorough description and you will be contacted if someone calls reporting a lost pet with the same description. You can keep the cat until the owner is found or you can bring them into the shelter.
- Put up flyers in your neighborhood and surrounding areas to let the person looking know that you found their lost pet.
- If you find that no one has responded to these efforts after a few days, you can then take the pet down to your local shelter and turn it in as a stray.
- What to do if you find a kitten … there is usually a mom close by. Contact us for advice on how to care for the kittens and find the mother so she can be fixed so you don’t find more kittens in the future. If you can foster the kittens until they are old enough, we can certainly give you supplies. The best place for kittens that are under 8 weeks is in a home because they are so fragile and have not developed their immune systems yet and are very susceptible to illness in a shelter environment. If you truly want to help kittens, allow them time to get older and that way they can stay healthy and get a new home more quickly.
If you find an injured lost pet or a pet after hours, please call Lynchburg Animal Control at 434-847-1602
Microchip your pet – we offer public microchipping weekdays from 4:30 to 5:30 for $25.