Lost and found


If you have lost your personal pet, or found a pet in the community, you can make a report here.

The first boxes are for people who have lost their personal pet.

The second boxes are for people who found a pet and need to report it. Please retain a copy of the report by whatever means necessary as this will prove that you have attempted to find the original owner.

NOTE that found animal reports will expire in 30 days. You can make a new found report after the 30 day period.​

It's important for owners that have lost their pets to check the Stray Pets in the Shelter page on the website daily as new animals are brought in at all hours of each day.

In some cases, lost and found pet reports are created and sent to the AC&C Facebook page. There are two photo albums set up: one for the  lost pets and one for the found pets. Look through the Petharbor listings and review them often to see if you find a match.​​


If you have lost your personal pet:

Your personal pet suddenly disappears from your yard, dashes out the door, somehow gets away from you while on a walk, or a thunderstorm or fireworks spooks them and they take off. You want to find your pet by posting flyers and reporting it as lost. You are on the right page for help.
If you have lost your personal pet, you can create a lost report by uploading a photo of your pet along with specific details and it will be added to our Petharbor lost pets page, or call 311 to file a lost report.

CREATE A LOST ANIMAL ONLINE REPORT by clicking the correct animal button​:
link to lost dogs in the community report

link to lost cats in the community report

link to lost 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: Helping Lost PetsLost & 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.


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; the below boxes will upload your report and picture 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


  • 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.​