Lost and Found Pets
If you’ve lost your pet, start looking immediately. Always leave recently worn clothing at your front/back doors so the animal can smell its way back. Ask your neighbors to open their garages and sheds in case your pet has become trapped inside.
Post flyers in the area where the animal was last seen. Make sure it’s easy to read, brief and large with an accurate picture and details about identifying markings. Hit the streets and hand the flyers out to everyone and anyone. Because people are typically very helpful in looking for a lost pet.
- PetFBI.org (website database as well as their Facebook page)
- Local grocery stores
- Community centers
- Close Neighborhoods
- Veterinary offices
- Traffic intersections
- www.petfinder.com and www.pets911.org
Click here for a sample flyer.
Also, use your social networks like Facebook to post and allow people to share.
Call your local dog warden if you live in a municipality.
Don’t Give Up
Animals who’ve been lost for months or even years have been reunited with their owners.
A pet—even an indoor pet—has a better chance of being returned if he/she always wears a collar and an ID tag with your name, address and telephone number. Ask your veterinarian about permanent methods of identification (such as microchips).
Visit Local Shelters
Ohio statute provides no requirement for the sheltering and holding of stray cats, therefore, most county and municipal governments do not provide for the pick-up and sheltering of cats. As a result, the local animal control facility only provides animal control services and sheltering for dogs. Columbus Humane will assist stray cats from within Franklin County during our Animal Care Center hours by appointment.
Please come in person to look for your cat. Stray dogs are automatically transferred to the Franklin County Animal Shelter. Our staff will assist you in looking at the cats currently in our facility. We hold animals that seem to be owned for two full days (not including the day of admission or disposition). Apparently un-owned stray cats are held for one full day. All incoming dogs, cats, rabbits and ferrets are screened for the presence of a microchip.
The Franklin County Animal Shelter
The Dog Shelter provides general information on their website, www.franklincountydogs.com regarding lost dogs, but states “Due to the large number of dogs received daily at the Shelter, we are unable to positively identify or answer questions about lost dogs over the phone.”
Pet FBI (Pets Found by Internet)
This service is available online, www.petfbi.org without charge to anyone who has lost or found a pet.
Franklin County Auditor
The Franklin County Auditor is responsible for the licensing of dogs in Franklin County. The auditor’s website, www.franklincountyauditor.com, includes a lost and found page limited to dogs. The website also features a searchable database for dog license numbers.
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