Lost and found

​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.

    link to found dog report
    link to found cat report
    link to found other pet 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.​
    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.
    link to lost dogs in the community
    link to lost cats in the community
    link to other pets lost in the community

  • 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 accfacebook6@gmail.com 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).​

  • If you are able to retain the animal in home while you look for the owner, you are more than welcome to do so but you must report the animal to Animal Care & Control.

    *In both the Charlotte and Mecklenburg County ordinances the definition of owners means: any person owning, keeping, having charge of sheltering, feeding, harboring or taking care of any animal for 14 or more consecutive days, unless the animal is boarded for a fee.

    *Section 3-72 Harboring Stray Animals - it shall be unlawful for any person, without the actual consent of the owner, to harbor, feed, keep in possession by confinement or otherwise have any animal which does not belong to him, unless he has, within 24 hours of the time the animal came into his possession, notified Animal Care & Control.

    *Harboring an animal - an animal shall be deemed to be harbored if it is fed or sheltered 14 days or more, unless the animals is being boarded for a fee.

  • 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 14 days, 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.​ 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.​