Before You Get Started…
ALWAYS ASK FOR HELP IF YOU NEED IT. WE ARE A 501(c)3 NONPROFIT COMMUNITY SERVICE-BASED ORGANIZATION, AND WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU!!!
The AL&FP Street Team is available to help you:
- physically search for your missing pet,
- create posts on Nextdoor, Craigslist, Lost Dogs of Texas, Pawboost, etc. for you,
- make and put up signs for animals you have lost or found,
- scan found animals (both living and deceased) for microchips,
- research unregistered microchips, as well as those in which the contact information is no longer up to date,
- and more.
If you need anything, just ask. We are here to help YOU!
First, THANK YOU
to everyone who makes the effort to get a stray animal off of the street, reports loose animal sightings, and keeps found animals safe while searching for their families. In order to most effectively manage your role as a pet finder or owner, please follow our guidelines below as completely as you are able – and please remember to ask for help from the AL&FP Street Team if any of the steps are beyond your capabilities.
If You Have Found A Pet…
Get the animal scanned for a microchip
as soon as possible. Any vet clinic, some pet stores (Tomlinson’s, PetSmart), or the nearest shelter can scan for a microchip. If you are unable to transport an animal for scanning, please tag an Admin or Moderator to contact a street team member to come to you for a scan. Ensure that wherever your scan is performed, that the entire body of the animal is scanned, as microchips migrate. Despite being implanted in the neck/shoulder area, microchips have been found in noses, ears, backs, bellies, legs, feet, tails and genitals. Many vet clinics are still unaware of this phenomenon. Insist on a full body scan.
Submit a Found Animal report
by calling 3-1-1, via the 3-1-1 app, or complete one of the online forms below . This step is CRUCIAL to get the pet listed in the Austin shelter’s database – even if it’s still with you – so that owners that are searching the local shelter’s website will find their pet’s listing.
Found Animal – Keep
Use this service request to report a found pet that you wish to keep until the owner is located. If you would not like your contact info shared with possible owners please call 311.
Found Dog (Confined) Pick Up
Use this service request to report a confined live dog that has been found and you are requesting Animal Control to pick it up.
Loose Dog Pick Up Request
Use this service request to report dogs running loose. Animal Control will make every effort to capture the loose dog during regular business hours.
Post on Austin Lost & Found Pets Page
- Photo(s) of the animal
- Date found (or approximation if animal has been seen in area for some time)
- Location found -Include nearest cross streets and/or major intersection, what part of Austin (NW, SE, Central etc.), name of subdivision, neighborhood or surrounding city/county
- Gender (male or female)
- Breed or physical description, if mixed, and approximate weight
- Approximate age
- YOUR CONTACT INFO – Phone/text #, email address, etc.
Search and post on NextDoor and other neighborhood networks
Search and post on NextDoor.com as well as your neighborhood listserv, Facebook page/group, etc. if there are any for your area. If you do not live in the neighborhood where the animal was lost or found, let the admins on Austin Lost and Found Pets Page know. We will find someone that does to create a post on NextDoor.com for you.
Search and post on Craigslist “Lost & Found” & “Pets” Community sections
It is important to post in both sections, in case the person that found your pet only looks at one of them.
If you have any issues posting on Craigslist, please let one of our Facebook group admins know, and we will help.
Post flyers or posters
Require proof of ownwership
from anyone claiming the animal is theirs. Details about a collar, distinguishing marks, photos of the pet at home with owner, family, vet records, documentation of shots, etc. Call their vet to verify, if needed. If it’s really their pet, they will not have a problem with you confirming ownership. If it’s not, requiring proof of ownership pretty much always stops them in their tracks.
ALFP will do everything we can to help.
Please contact one of our admins if you have any questions or need any assistance.
Thank you and best wishes!
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Mending broken hearts in Austin, Texas since 2012
We are pleased and proud to have kept literally thousands of animals out of the shelter over the past five years and to have reunited countless families in our community.
Austin Lost & Found Pets looks forward to saving more pets and mending more broken hearts than ever before in 2018.