Lost & Found Resources

lost-dogIf You’ve Lost Your Pet

If you have lost your animal, act quickly! 24 hours can make a big difference in your ability to recover your animal. Below are some steps to take when searching for your animal:

Search your neighborhood. Walk or drive through your neighborhood several times each day. Ask neighbors, letter carriers, and delivery people if they have seen your pet. Hand out a recent photograph of your pet and information on how you can be reached if your pet is found.

Advertise in person. Post flyers around the area that you lost your animal and within any distance you think the animal may have traveled; as well as grocery stores, community centers, veterinary offices, traffic intersections, pet supply stores, and other locations. Also, place advertisements in newspapers and with radio stations. Include your pet’s sex, age, weight, breed, color, and any special markings. When describing your pet, leave out at least one identifying characteristic and ask the person who finds your pet to describe it.

Advertise online. Several sites exist for networking lost animals’ descriptions and pictures. Try posting on the following sites:
Craigslist.org: Make a detailed post, including a picture, under the “Lost+Found” and “Pets” sections.
Facebook.com: Post under Lost & Found Pets – Hampton Roads, VA, Virginia Lost and Found Cats, or any other pages dedicated to lost/found animals and have friends share your post.
Nextdoor.com: Create a “Lost” post to share with neighbors.
The Center for Lost Pets
Fido Finder
HelpingLostPets.com: National Lost/Found Pet registry that is FREE to use. When a pet is listed, email/text alerts are sent to members in the area and you can create a flyer from your listing.

Reach out. Contact local emergency clinics and vet clinics in case your pet has been injured and was taken somewhere other than animal control. File lost reports with nearby county shelters and rescue groups and, if your pet is microchipped, be sure to put in a lost report with the chip company.

In addition, please come to Portsmouth Humane to fill out a lost animal report and search our stray kennels for your animal. Portsmouth Animal Control brings all of the animals they catch directly to the shelter. We are unable to provide information regarding Animal Control animals over the phone; you must visit the shelter. You may, however, try calling Animal Control (757-393-8430) to see if they have picked up an animal near you.

Remember that animals with identifying information stand a better chance of being reunited with their families when lost. Always have your pet wear a collar with an ID tag, or ask about permanent identification via microchipping. All animals adopted through PHS are permanently microchipped!

 


services-catIf You’ve Found an Animal

Search the area. Walk or drive through the area you found the animal. Ask neighbors, letter carriers, and delivery people if they know who the animal might belong to.

Check for a chip. Take the animal to a nearby veterinary clinic, shelter, or animal control office to be scanned for a microchip.

If you found an animal in Portsmouth: Please call Portsmouth Animal Control at 757-393-8430 if you need a stray animal trapped or picked up. If you have caught a stray animal, please bring it to the shelter during business hours.

If you found an animal in another city/area: Please call the appropriate Animal Control agency. Contact information is listed below for all area Animal Control offices.

• Chesapeake Animal Control: 757-382-8080
• Hampton Animal Control: 757-727-8311
• Newport News Animal Control: 757-595-7387
• Norfolk Animal Control: 757-664-7387
• Suffolk Animal Control: 757-514-7855
• Virginia Beach Animal Control: 757-385-4444
• Isle of Wight Animal Control: 757-365-6318
• Franklin County Animal Control: 757-562-8605
• Kill Devil Hills, NC Animal Control: 252-480-4047
• Dare County, NC Animal Control: 252-475-5620
• Elizabeth City, NC Animal Control: 252-331-1500

Advertise in person. Post flyers around the area that the animal was found and within any distance you think the animal may have traveled; as well as grocery stores, community centers, veterinary offices, traffic intersections, pet supply stores, and other locations. Also, place advertisements in newspapers and with radio stations. Include the animal’s sex, breed, color, and any special markings. When describing the animal, leave out at least one identifying characteristic and ask the person who attempts to claim the animal to describe it.

Advertise online. Several sites exist for networking found animals’ descriptions and pictures. Try posting on the following sites:
Craigslist.org: Make a detailed post, including a picture, under the “Lost+Found” and “Pets” sections.
Facebook.com: Post under Lost & Found Pets – Hampton Roads, VA, Virginia Lost and Found Cats, or any other pages dedicated to lost/found animals and have friends share your post.
Nextdoor.com: Create a “Found” post to share with neighbors.
The Center for Lost Pets
Fido Finder