Lost and found


The first set of boxes are meant for owners looking for their lost pets.

The second set of boxes are meant for people who have found a pet and need to match them with reported lost pets so they can be reunited with their owners.


These boxes will take you to pets that are listed as found. If you are an owner looking for your lost pet, click the corresponding box.

Click the animal's picture to learn when it was reported as found. If you think you see your pet you need to call 311 to get the finder's information. These pets listed are not at the shelter.

link to found dogs in the community
link to found cats in the community
link to found other pets in the community

  • Make a flyer at petbond.com/flyerentry.php or at ReturnMyPet.com and distribute them around the area where your pet was last seen. Fliers can also be sent to accfacebook6@gmail.com and they will be posted on the AC&C Facebook page. Lost animal pictures can also be sent via a private facebook message along with contact information and where the animal was lost/last seen.

  • If your pet is microchipped contact the microchip company and let them know that your pet is lost. Make sure all personal information (address, phone numbers, etc.) are up-to-date at the same time. They will alert veterinarian offices as well as Animal Control agencies near your home.

  • Be sure to look at shelters where you live and surrounding counties. Citizens may find your pet and either bring them home or to an animal control agency where they live which could be in a neighboring county.

    • Within Meckl​enburg County the towns of Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, and ​Matthews have their own Animal Control shelters. If you live in one of these towns, you should also check with your local police department. You should also investigate the surrounding county Animal Control organizations as animals do travel from one county to another (especially if they are lost near the county lines).You should also investigate the surrounding county Animal Control organizations as animals do travel from one county to another (especially if they are lost near the county lines).​

  • Owner’s that have lost their pets should also ​check local newspapers in the classified ads section, local bulletin boards, the AC&C Facebook found album, and national lost/found pet websites to see if anyone has posted their pets in the found sections. (Five common lost/found sites to share your lost flyers and look for found pets: Lost & Found Dogs - North Carolina, the Lost and Found Pets-Charlotte group pagePaw Boost, and NextDoor.com ​).

  • Attract pets back by placing articles of your clothing or their favorite blanket/bed outside in a sheltered area, setting a safe trap (AC&C can provide cat traps) that can be set with tuna or other strong smelling food. Cats can often be attracted with their own litter box. Check often. Check crawl spaces and ask your neighbors to do the same.​​

  • In some cases, lost pet reports are created and sent to Facebook.


These boxes will take you to the owners who are missing their pets. If you found a pet and want to match it to lost pets, click the corresponding box.
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.
  • 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 AC&C.

    *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 AC&C.

    *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 the 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.​