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 several options available:

Bringing an Animal to the Shelter: You can bring a found animal to PVAS (or whichever shelter serves your municipality). It’s best to call ahead to make an appointment, (956) 877-2207. 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!

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.

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Our organization relies on community support to do the lifesaving work we do. Be a part of this work and donate today! Your donation will allow us to grow our programs and help more animals across the RGV. 

Petco Love Lost

Petco Love Lost allows you to look for your missing pet or help someone find their lost furry friend. Using facial recognition technology, this software searches our animal database for pets that may be your lost loved one. Upload you pictures now and don't forget to microchip your pet once you're reunited!