Found Pets in the Community
Animal Care & Control receives several calls every day from citizens regarding for stray pets that have been found roaming their neighborhoods. If you find a pet there are several things you can do to help reunite it with the owner.
If you have found a stray animal
You're driving down the road or you are in your neighborhood and you find an animal wandering around. You decide to safely pick it up and find the owner. You are on the right page for help.
If you have found a stray dog or cat and wish to retain the pet in your home and provide care while actively seeking the owner, you may do so BUT you are required to fill out a found report where you can also uploaded to Petharbor, or call 311 to file a found report.
CREATE A FOUND ANIMAL ONLINE REPORT:
Please note that found animal reports will expire in 30 days. You can make a new found report after the 30 day period.
In some cases, lost pet reports are created and sent to Facebook or posted on Petharbor as lost pets in the community which can be found by the buttons below. Be sure to review both pages often to see if you find a match.
THESE LINKS ARE PETS REPORTED AS LOST IN THE COMMUNITY:
Each link will take you to the pets that have been reported as lost in the community. Click the animal's picture to learn when it was reported lost.
Microchipping is one of the best ways of reuniting a pet with its' owner so we urge you to bring the found pet to a local veterinarian to be scanned for a microchip. If you are unable to transport the animal to a veterinarian, call 311 to have an officer come to your home to scan the animal for a microchip.
Flyers should be made at petbond.com/flyerentry.php or at ReturnMyPet.com and posted in the area of where the pet was found. Fliers may also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org so they can be posted on the AC&C Facebook page. Found pet pictures can also be sent via a private facebook message or emailed along with contact information and location where the pet was found. (Five common lost/found sites to share your found flyers and look for lost pets that have been posted: Lost & Found Dogs - North Carolina, the Lost and Found Pets-Charlotte group page, Paw Boost, NextDoor.com and Craig's list).
Pursuant to North Carolina General Statute 130A-192 requires "If the animal is a dog or cat, the finder or approved rescue organization shall hold the animal for the 72-hour holding period provided for in subsection (a) of this section or such longer holding period that may be applicable to the shelter by ordinance or local rule".
If you are unable to retain the lost pet in your home, please call 311 to have an officer sent to your home to pick up the animal; or you may bring the lost pet to the animal shelter located at 8315 Byrum Dr., Charlotte NC 28217.
If the pet has not been reunited with its' owner after the 72 hour holding period, you may continue holding/keep the pet, re-home the pet, contact the Humane Society of Charlotte or other area rescue organizations who may assist with permanent placement; or bring the pet to the AC&C shelter who will attempt every method possible to create a positive outcome.
If you have held on to the pet and done what you can to find the owner with no luck, you can keep/rehome the pet. Understand that if the original owner finds the pet and wants it back, they retain to right to reclaim their pet from the new owner. If there is a dispute over ownership between the new owner and the original owner it becomes a civil matter.