FOUND A PET
If you have found a pet that is wearing identification, please reach out to the owners using the contact information on the tag or collar.
If you have found a pet without identification, there are two options available:
Bring the animal to a shelter, or
Keep the animal while looking for its owner.
Bringing an Animal to the Shelter: You can bring bring a found animal to PVAS (or whichever shelter serves your township). It’s best to call ahead to make an appointment. You will be asked some basic questions concerning where the animal was found and if it was wearing any identification. Staff will use all available resources to reunite the animal with its owner. Stray animals are held for the state-mandated 3-day period before being placed up for adoption.
Keeping an Animal While Looking for its Owner: Many people want to spare a lost pet from having to spend time in an animal shelter – and that’s a good thing! You don’t have to bring a found animal to PVAS (or any shelter), and can keep it in your home while you look for its owner.While doing so, make sure to:
Call your local animal control office to report the found animal.
Post a “found” message on lost & found pages on social media.
Post flyers around your neighborhood.
Take the animal to a vet or shelter to be scanned for a microchip.
If none of these steps help you locate a pet’s owners, consider adopting it yourself!
Try Finding Rover!
PVAS has partnered with findingrover.com. This software uses facial recognition technology to show you possible matches from across the country that may be the pet you have found.
Did you find a litter of kittens? Make sure you're not 'kitnapping!'
Kittens need their mom, if you find kittens, don't touch them! Kittens survive much better outside waiting for their mother, who is probably hunting nearby, than in a shelter - any shelter. You might think you're helping by picking them up, but you may be ‘kitnapping’ them. Leave them be and reach out to our Community Cat Program if you have questions.
Not sure if you’re kitnapping? Check out our Community Cat Program page for more info on kitnapping.