Animal shelters, popularly referred to as “pounds”, take in unwanted and abandoned pets that are roaming around the city and residential areas. If your pet is missing and you thing that the pound has picked up your furry friend, then you need to undergo the basic process of notifying the shelter and have them check for your pet.
Get in Touch with the Animal Shelter
The most straightforward approach generally works best when it comes to contacting animal shelters.
- List down all the shelters in your area and get their contact numbers and addresses. There are some animal shelters that you can’t find online. So better ask your veterinarian about the animal shelters around the area; chances are they know each, if not most, of their locations.
- Write down the description of your pet. That includes the color, markings, age, and any traits that could distinguish him from a crowd. If possible, show a good picture of your pet and print out multiple copies. Give a copy of the picture to every animal shelter that’s on your list.
- Contact the animal shelter and give them the description of your lost pet. If you provide more detailed information about your pet, it will be easier for them to recognize based on your description.
- Visit each animal shelter and look for your pet. Note that some areas, particularly large towns and cities, have more than one animal shelter. Make sure to check each of these organizations. The shelter staffs have lots of animals to take care of, and they may not immediately recognize your pets based on your description. If you want to be sure, you need to look for your pet yourself.
- File a lost pet report. This paperwork will make sure that the employees at the shelter will identify your pet in case it gets brought in after your visit.
- Check with the shelter every day. Some shelters may hold stray animals for a very short period of time.
Reclaim your Pet
If you want to reclaim your pet, expect that they would ask you to provide proof of ownership. You can do this by presenting veterinary records, photographs, and licenses issued by your town or city. Don’t hesitate to call and ask the local shelter what you need to bring with you when you reclaim your pet. Once you reclaimed your pet, give him treats and a pet wash as you welcome him back to your home.
Note that some shelters may charge you a fee for the cost of boarding the pet. If your pet is held due to certain legal issues like neglect or animal attacks, you may not be able to reclaim the animal.