So you’ve found an animal, with no family in sight. What are your next steps? Why, help it get back home, of course! Recent data suggests that many lost pets are found within just a few blocks of their homes, where their families are missing them and anxiously awaiting that call to let them know their beloved furry family member has been found. While the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter is dedicated to reuniting lost pets with their families, we encourage you to use the following resources to help that animal in need get back home without ever coming to visit us. Trust us, happy family reunions are truly special moments that you’ll remember forever!
Upload a photo of the found pet to PETCO Love Lost using the link at the top of this page.
PETCO Love Lost uses facial recognition software to report or search for lost or found pets nationwide. It's free and easy to use. Search your lost cat or dog today.
Watch this informative video for tips & tricks on what to do when you've found a lost pet, made by local Girl Scout Troop 2349 for their Bronze Award. Thank you, Girls!
Scan the found animal for a microchip.
Animals can be scanned for a microchip at:
- Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter
- Veterinarian clinics
- Tomlinson’s Feed Pet Stores
Enter the microchip number into http://www.petmicrochiplookup.org/ and call the company that populates from the search. They may have the owner’s information!
Make an Effective Flyer for your area and local vets
At any typical intersection, you only have 5 seconds and 5 words to get your message across to drivers who are passing through the area where the animal was found.
- Make the flyer GIANT so that people driving by cannot miss them.
- Make the flyers FLUORESCENT so that the color attracts the attention of everyone.
- Put them in your yard and the major intersections near where you found the animal.
- Keep them BRIEF and to the point.
- Let them convey a VISUAL IMAGE of who you found.
Visit PawBoost.com to search their database
Report your found animal on these sites:
While you wait for the pet's family to see your posts, send us an email at LostAndFound@wilco.org to make an appointment to bring the pet to us in case his family isn't found.
Found pets and the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter
Contact us at LostAndFound@wilco.org
Send us the details of the animal type, color, markings, gender, and where s/he was found. Please include a photo. If you need assistance with supplies, please let us know.
If after searching for a pet's home you are unable to find its owners or if a pet presents any kind of a safety risk and/or is sick or injured, Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter stands ready to help. Send an email to LostAndFound@wilco.org to schedule an appointment to bring the pet in to us.
Please do not rehome the pet.
Thank you for all your help reuniting families!