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Lost/Found Pet Resources
Losing a pet is a terrifying and confusing experience. We understand it can be very overwhelming to know where to start and what steps you can take to try and bring your furry friend back home. Here you will find information and links to help you.
If you have a lost pet, put together your pet's pertinent information and contact local veterinary clinics, shelters, and rescue organizations.
Putting together a flyer is a great way to organize this information. You should include the following: your name, your pet's name, multiple contact numbers and email addresses, description of the missing pet, a picture of the pet, and a microchip number if available, also include the lost date and the nearest intersection to where the pet was last seen. Try to choose a simple photo of your pet if possible, remember that the flyer may be photocopied and you still want your pet to be recognizable.
Consider posting an add on Craigslist as well.
Placing an object with your scent (a worn t-shirt, for example) can help your pet find it's own way home. A small water dish near the scent item can be helpful as well. You may want to avoid putting out a food dish as this may attract other (potentially dangerous) wildlife to your yard and/or home.
Use the following resources for additional help:
Because of the large numbers of the animals that are processed through ACS, you should go in, or at least call, daily to check for your pet.
If your pet is microchipped, you should contact HomeAgain to report your pet as lost.
If you have found a lost pet, there are some things you can do to help the pet find it's owners.
If it's a dog, put a leash on the pet and walk it in the neighborhood where it was found. Generally, lost pets aren't too far from where they live. Even if the owners aren't home, neighbors may be familiar with the pet and be able to give you more information. If it's a cat, you can still walk the neighborhood, just be sure to take a photo of the pet with you to show anyone you come across.
If this is unsuccessful, bring the pet in to Heritage Veterinary Medical Center, or any veterinarian or shelter, to have the pet scanned for a microchip.
Putting up flyers at local veterinary clinics, animal shelters, and nearby pet stores is great too.
You can also post an ad on Craigslist, however, some caution should be used when providing details about the pet. Unfortunately, not everyone on Craigslist has a pet's best intentions at heart. Withholding a small detail and asking for proof of ownership can go a long way to ensure a family pet gets home and doesn't end up in an even worse situation.
If you absolutely cannot provide food and shelter for the pet while you attempt to find it's family, Animal Care Services is the primary intake facility in San Antonio. They do have partnerships with several local rescue groups to find fosters and assist in adoptions if families are not found. Click the link above or call 3-1-1 for more information regarding the City of San Antonio Animal Care Services.