Found pets in the community
This section includes lost pets that have been found and are currently being cared for in the homes of members of the community. These reports also are updated throughout the day.
Please look closely at each info card on every page of the Lost and Found sections. Click the cards for more details on any pet, including the date it was found / arrived at the shelter.
Reclaim a found pet in the community
If you think you see your missing dog, cat or other pet in the Found Pet pages, click on the preview card to open the lost pet’s detailed info page.
Then, scroll down to the “Contact poster” section and fill out the form to connect with the community member currently caring for the lost pet.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU DON’T SEE YOUR MISSING PET
If you don’t see your lost pet in our database, don’t lose hope. Here’s what to do now:
Step 1: File a Lost Pet Report
If you haven’t already, create a Lost Pet Report. You can add photos and details about your pet online or call 311 to file a report.
NOTE: Lost Pet reports expire after 30 days. If your pet is still missing after one month, please file a new report.
File a lost pet report
Also be sure to file a Petco Love Lost report
Step 2: Contact your pet’s microchip company
Contact your missing cat or dog’s microchip company to let them know your pet is missing, and to verify your address, phone number and other contact details are up to date.
If you’ve moved, changed your phone number or haven’t registered your pet’s microchip with the City of Charlotte, please update or submit your information for free now.
Step 3: Place familiar belongings outside to draw your pet home
Animals have a very strong sense of smell. Attract your missing four-legged family member by placing pieces of your clothing and / or their favorite blanket or bed outside in a sheltered area. You can also set a humane trap using tuna or other fragrant food. Cats are often drawn to the smell of their own litter boxes. Finally, check your crawl space, open areas under porches and decks, and other sheltered spots around your home or property. Ask your neighbors to do the same.
Check all of the above often.
Step 4: Check surrounding shelters and rescues
Lost pets can often find themselves some distance from their homes – whether because they traveled there by foot, were picked up by a good Samaritan or by some other circumstance.
In addition to checking our database of lost pets daily, we also suggest regularly monitoring regional animal shelters and police departments. This list includes, but is not limited to:
You can also file a report, look for a lost pet and search found pets on these Facebook groups and sites:
Step 5: Keep checking daily
Remember, missing dogs, cats and other animals can be found and / or arrive at the shelter at any time. Keep checking our database of lost pets daily and visit the shelter at least once every three days to search for your missing pet in person.
You can also contact Epic Animal Recovery to help you locate your missing pet. They are a group that provides a service of search and rescue for missing pets. Not just dogs, not just cats, but all animals.