Lost and Found Pets

If you have lost your pet act quickly! The first 24 hours can make a difference in finding your pet.

The best steps to take to find your lost pet:

If you do not see your pet, keep looking. Call the other shelters in the area. Pets end up here sometimes weeks after they get lost, so never stop looking.

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.
  • 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.

What to do if you found a pet:

We understand it can be overwhelming when finding a pet. You know little to nothing about them and you want to make sure they are safe and taken care of. Well, we would be happy to help assist you with what to do! YOU actually have the greatest chance of finding the parents of this lost pet! Even though we try our hardest to keep our center a stress-free environment, your home would be much less stressful and would be a great intermediate location until the pet’s family is found.

The Lynchburg Humane Society can only accept lost pets found in the City of Lynchburg and Appomattox County. 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 found a cat:

  • 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 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 Cat, Be Part of the Solution.
  • What to do if you find a kitten — If you find a young kitten, the mom is usually close by. Contact us for advice on how to care for the kittens and find the mother so she can be fixed and 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. As always, if the kitten(s) are sick or injured bring them to the center right away. 
  • If you feel the cat you found belongs to someone and is not a community cat follow these steps:
    • Please complete this form if you FOUND a pet.
    • 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. To help, you can keep the cat until the owner is found.  This keeps it out of the shelter and helps us help other pets.  
    • Take it to social media. Someone may know the cat. Try posting on  Lynchburg VA- Lost Dogs, Cats, & Pets  and Lost & Found Pets of the Lynchburg Area.
    • Put up flyers in your neighborhood and surrounding areas to let the person looking know that you found their lost pet.
    • Put a photo of the found pet on FindingRover  (a facial recognition program by Petco that helps reunite lost pets with their families).
    • Take the pet to the closest veterinarian or shelter to be microchip scanned. 

If you found a dog:

Dogs can get loose for a lot of reasons. A lost pet may be lost for weeks or  even months, so they may look a little skinnier or more unkempt then normal. It is good to assume that this pet is lost versus a mistreated. The pet’s family may be desperately trying to find him and just have not been able to.

Follow these steps if you have found a dog:

  • Please complete this form if you FOUND a pet.
  • Put a photo of the found pet on FindingRover, a facial recognition program by Petco that helps reunite lost pets with their families.
  • Take it to social media. Someone may know who the pet is. Try posting on  Lynchburg VA- Lost Dogs, Cats, & Pets  and Lost & Found Pets of the Lynchburg Area.
  • Check with your neighbors and your neighborhood! Most found dogs are within 2 miles of their home. 
  • Take the pet to the closest veterinarian or shelter to be microchip scanned. 
  • Put up flyers in your neighborhood and surrounding areas to let the person looking know that you found their lost pet.
  • Call the Lynchburg Humane Society and other neighboring animal control agencies and report that you found a lost pet. Give a thorough description and someone will contact you if they receive a call reporting a lost pet with the same description. To help, you can keep the pet until the owner is found.  This keeps them out of the shelter and allows us to help other pets who do not have another option.  

If you find an injured lost pet after hours:

  • City of Lynchburg,  call Lynchburg Animal Control at 434-847-1602
  • Appomattox County, call Appomattox Animal Control at(434) 352-7922

Keep your pet safe! Microchip your pet – we offer public microchipping weekdays from 4:30 to 5:30 for $25.