Lost and Found Services
Have you lost a pet? Did you find an animal you think might belong to someone else?
See the links above to download the appropriate form and email to [email protected]. Fill out the form completely.
Once you’ve emailed the form to us, visit our Facebook and ‘LIKE’ our page. Once you ‘like’ us, you can post a photo of the pet. Copy and paste the text from the LOST or FOUND animal report into the caption area of the photo. This will spread the word to all of our Facebook fans to be shared on their own walls. Pets HAVE been reunited this way!!!!!
PRINT the one page report that is listed above to be passed out to neighbors and posted around the neighborhood.
* Use the interactive Lost and Found Map at www.HelpingLostPets.com *
Follow this checklist to help find your lost pet or to help return a found pet to his/her proper owner:
- First and foremost, call Animal Control in your immediate area to report the animal. Many times a report has already been filed with Animal Control which will reunite the pet quickly. If you can hold on to the pet, that is the best scenario for everyone involved. If Animal Control has to intake the animal, another animal might be at risk for being ‘put down’ to make space.
- Stafford County Animal Control – 540-658-7387
- Spotsylvania Animal Shelter – 540-507-7450
- Fredericksburg SPCA – 540-898-1500
- Fauquier County Animal Control – 540-422-8750
- Culpepper County Animal Shelter – 540-547-4477
- The Humane Society of Culpepper – 540-727-7554
- Prince William County Animal Shelter – 703-792-6465
- City of Fairfax – 703-273-2110
Also call other SPCA’s in the area:
- Fredericksburg – 540-898-1500
- Fauquier County – 540-788-9000
- Prince William County – 703-772-2799
- Northern Virginia – 703-799-9390
- If you find/lose a pet after working hours for your Animal Control agency, please call the Sheriff’s Office or Police Dept where you live. Ask to make a lost animal report with the Police / Sheriff’s office. If someone finds your pet & calls it in, the police department will put both parties together to reunite the animal with his/her owner. The Police of Sheriff’s Office Dispatcher will generally pass the report on to their Animal Control agency the next morning, but always ask them to do so anyway. The next morning, please call and make sure they received the report, and follow up with the email described below.The number for Stafford County Sheriff’s Office, Non Emergency line is 540-658-4400.
- Get an email address for your local Animal Control agency, and send them an email with all of your current contact information, and include a detailed description of your pet, including any markings, chips, tattoos, collar or other identifying characteristics. Include photos of your pet as attachments so that Animal Control will recognize your pet if they pick it up or if it gets turned in. Many times, mix breeds can look a lot alike, or Animal Control staff may not recognize a particular breed or mix. Keep the photo file size small. Most government agencies won’t accept, or will bounce back emails with file attachments that are too large.
- Physically go to your local Animal Control Facility and look for your pet. Walk through all the different sections of the pound or shelter, and be absolutely sure. The hold time for stray / found animals can be very short, so don’t take chances. There have been too many municipal “mistakes” and what you may call a ‘hound’ is what someone else may call a “retriever mix” so you description of your dog may not match the interpretation of the actual animal on hand at the shelter. *Hold times for a pet without a tag/collar/microchip is 5 days. For an animal with some form of ownership, the hold is 10 days.*
- Contact Animal Control shelters in your surrounding area. While this may seem strange, people will stop and pick up a stray dog, especially if it’s in or near traffic, while on the way to, or from work. They will then drop off the animal at a pound or shelter when they get to work, or when they get home. Some people are under the mistaken impression that all pounds, shelters and animal control agencies are somehow connected, or that they share lost & found information with each other. Sadly, that is not the case. Too often, someone picks up a dog running loose on Rt # 3 in Fredericksburg, and drops the dog off at a pound in Arlington, Fairfax or any of the Northern Virginia shelters. They will claim they didn’t have time to stop, they were heading to work, and they didn’t want to see the dog get injured. Best of intentions, but lousy execution. Assume nothing, call all the pounds, do some detective work, and it will pay off.
- Does the pet have a Micro Chip? Many vets will scan the animal at no charge. Animal Control can also scan for a microchip. If your pet is lost, contact the company that your pet is registered with (e.g. Home Again, 24 Pet Watch, etc.). These companies typically email or fax all the registered rescues and participating vets in the area. Also, check with them to see if anyone has reported your pet found. If you’ve found a pet, take them to the nearest vet’s office to be scanned or request that animal control scan them.
- Does the pet have a Rabies Tag? If so, contact the vet that the rabies tag was dispensed from, to report your pet as either LOST or FOUND and make sure the vet has your contact information.
- KNOCK ON YOUR NEIGHBORS DOORS & ask them to please check their sheds, garages, or separate storage facilities for lost pets or to see if they’ve lost the pet that you’ve found. Animals have regularly & accidentally been locked in a neighbors’ sheds, garages, etc.!!! This has happened too many of the animals that have been reported to us!
- Place a Free Lost/Found Pet Ad (3-line minimum) in the Freelance Star – call them @ (540) 374-5001 (they can only take free ad request via phone). The ad will run for 3 days in the paper, 1 day online and will appear in the Stafford Weekly for 1 publication. Stafford Weekly is a free weekly publication of Freelance Star. NOTE: While on the phone with Freelance Star, see if they can look for the Pet in their past Found Pet ads.
- ***You can also search online with the Freelance Star at http://www.fredericksburg.com/Classifieds/ type in keyword “found” and you’ll have to search each date individually.
- Place a Free Craig’s List Ad – Place an ad in both the “Lost and Found” section AND in the “Pets” section. Put the ad in both the Fredericksburg & Northern VA listings!
- Place a Free Lost Pet Ad on Petfinder.com:http://www.petfinder.com/local.html
- Post Flyers on your neighbors’ mailboxes, at the closest grocery store, convenience store, post office, busy restaurant, stop signs, light poles and other places that will get noticed (and please do so safely) etc…
- Contact your Home Owners Association/Office if you have one. See if they will circulate your one page flyer to an email list for residents of the HOA.
- Put your lost pet on your Facebook page and ask all of your friends to cross post & share your posting.
- Utilize other internet pet finding organizations such as:
http://www.helpinglostpets.com *Great site with a location map and emails other members in the surrounding area.
On Facebook, there are many pages dedicated to the safe return of Lost pets. Also look for Found pets on these sites:
For additional Lost Pet Sites: Google – ‘Lost Pet’, etc. Some of these sites charge a fee, some are free.
We are committed to caring for animals in need, educating the community, and raising awareness of the importance of putting a stop to animal cruelty and abandonment.