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Lost and Found Pets

If you have lost or found a pet, please contact the Animal Services Center as soon as possible. We strongly encourage you to search our on-line database frequently, as new animals are added there throughout the day.

Animal Services holds stray animals for a 5-day period in which we are open to the public for at least 3 of those days.  Please contact us immediately at 919-942-PETS (7387) if your pet is lost or if you have found a pet. 

If you have found a pet, it is a legal requirement to report it right away so that an owner has the highest likelihood possible to find it.  Your report may be the only reason someone finds a lost pet.

Please refer to the following sections for easy navigation:

I have lost a pet

I have found a pet

I would like additional information

 


 

For individuals who have LOST a pet

Individuals who have lost a pet should follow the 3 steps below to effectively search for and report their pet as lost.  If your lost pet does not show up on the lists of animals currently at the shelter or found in the community, please fill out the form below those sections to report it as lost.

 

Viewing lost pets that are currently at the Animal Services Center

Please click the links below to see animals that are currently housed at the Animal Services Center and do not have a known owner.  They may have been brought in by the public or by one of our Animal Control Officers.

Recently found dogs currently at the Animal Services Center

Recently found cats currently at the Animal Services Center

Other recently found animals currently at the Animal Services Center

 

Viewing lost pets found by others

Sometimes, people from the community find pets and hold them at their homes instead of bringing them into the Animal Services Center. We attempt to help connect those people and people missing pets in Orange County and nearby areas.  If you believe one of these animals is your lost pet, please contact Animal Services immediately so that we can help get you in touch with the other party.

Recently found dogs NOT currently housed at the Animal Services Center

Recently found cats NOT currently housed at the Animal Services Center

Other recently found animals NOT currently housed at the Animal Services Center

 

Viewing lost pets found by others but reported anonymously.

Occasionally, people report a pet found, but elect not to share it with local shelters for reasons of privacy. Before you move on to the last step of reporting your pet as lost to us, we recommend you check all of the found reports made on pet harbor's main sight.  This will include those viewed above, but may include others from outside of our immediate area, as well as those not reported to shelters.  Data on pet harbor's page can be sorted by the tabs headings on their table. 

Visit Pet Harbor here to see these additional listings.

 

Reporting a lost pet

If you have lost an animal in Orange County and do not see it pictured or listed on one of the links above, please fill out the appropriate form below so that we have a report of the animal in question and can attempt to match it with animals either in the shelter or in someone else's care. Please include photos if possible (horizontal photos preferred). If you cannot fill out this form online, you can call or visit the Animal Services Center to report the animal.

When you click on one of the links below, please leave this box unchecked so that your report will be shared with the Orange County Animal Shelter and we can assist you in finding your pet.Lost pet checkbox

Lost Dog

Lost Cat

Lost Other

 

Following us on Twitter

Animal Services is now on Twitter!  If you are searching for a lost pet and did not see it pictured or listed above, you can follow our Twitter page at https://twitter.com/OCNCLostPets to receive information about stray animals recently received at the Animal Services Center or found by the public.  The Twitter entries will include a brief description of the pet, the location where it was found, and a link to that animal’s profile on our website.  Listings of new animals are refreshed every hour.  You can also search for us on Twitter using hashtag #OCNCLostPets.

 


 

For individuals who have FOUND a pet

Individuals who have found a pet should follow the 2 steps below to effectively report the pet as found.  If the pet you have found does not show up on the list of animals reported as lost, please fill out the form below that section to report it as found.

Viewing pets reported as lost by others

Please click on the links below to view lists of pets reported as recently lost by community members but not currently housed at the shelter.

Recently reported lost dogs

Recently reported lost cats

Other recently reported lost animals

 

Viewing found pets lost by others but reported anonymously.

Occasionally, people report a pet lost, but elect not to share it with local shelters for reasons of privacy. Before you move on to the last step of reporting a pet as found to us, we recommend you check all of the lost reports made on pet harbor's main sight.  This will include those viewed above, but may include others from outside of our immediate area, as well as those not reported to shelters.  Data on pet harbor's page can be sorted by the tabs headings on their table. 

Visit Pet Harbor here to see these additional listings.

 

Reporting a found pet

If you have found an animal in Orange County, it is a legal requirement in Orange County that you report it within 72 hours.  Please fill out the appropriate form below so that a potential owner may find him or her.  Please include photos if possible (horizontal photos preferred).

Please do not click the red box that withholds your information at the top of these links or your report will not get shared with our shelter or appear on our page.

 

Found Dog

Found Cat

Found Other

 


 

Other Resources

To see listings of all animals in our facility (including those not currently available for adoption and those surrendered by owners), please click here.

Additional paid services for finding lost pets may be available within the the triangle and NC.  If you are interested in learning about those options, please call our office at 919-942-7387.

 

Quick Links

Animal Services Facebook pageVisit us on Facebook

 

 

Twitter logoCheck us out on Twitter for listings of stray pets received at the Animal Services Center or found by others.

 

The recommendations are in from the Free-Roaming Cat Task Force, a subcommittee of the Animal Services Advisory Board!  Read Managing Free-Roaming Cats in Orange County, North Carolina to find out more!

 

Check out the CDC's new webpage about Pets and Ebola for all the latest news!

Find out even more about Pets & Ebola from the American Veterinarian Medical Association.

 

Find out all you need to know about Rabies in Orange County and beyond on our Rabies Page.

Orange County Giving Fund

Make a secure donation in a number of areas of care by visiting the Community Giving Fund page

 

mobile web page

We now have a Mobile Page, designed to help you view our site on your mobile device.  Click HERE to use it!

animal cam

 

Check out our Animal Cam to see animals in our Featured Pet Room 24 hours a day!

 


 

Upcoming Events

SNAP-NC Surgery Day

Wednesday, April 1

The SNAP mobile unit will be performing low-cost spay/neuter surgeries in the Animal Services Center parking lot on Wednesday, April 1st. Appointments must be made through snap in advance. To schedule an appointment or learn more about their services, visit them at http://www.snap-nc.org/ 

 

SNAP-NC Surgery Day

Tuesday, April 14

The SNAP mobile unit will be performing low-cost spay/neuter surgeries in the Animal Services Center parking lot on Tuesday, April 14th. Appointments must be made through snap in advance. To schedule an appointment or learn more about their services, visit them at http://www.snap-nc.org/