I found a stray dog/cat. Can’t I just keep it?
The answer to this is definitely no. Pets are property with added emotional value. The owner must be provided the opportunity to find their pet. When the pet is turned over to the appropriate animal shelter the owner can come in or call a logical centralized place to look for their pet. If you keep the pet at your home without reporting it to DCAS and The Buddy Center it is highly unlikely the pet owner is going to have the opportunity to find it. If you are interested in adopting the pet if the owner does not reclaim it we will give you the first opportunity. This insures the pet will be “legally” your pet.
Who do I call if I am missing my animal?
Douglas County Animal Services goal for lost & found pets is to reunite them with their owners. When your pet is missing or a pet is found, DCAS is a good place to start your search, or to report the animal you have found.
You should first call DCAS at 303.660.7529. An Animal Welfare Officer will take a lost report from you over the phone. This will allow us to contact you should the animal be reported running loose, impounded, or found by another citizen.
You should also visit The Buddy Center every at least every two days to see if your pet has been brought in by a private citizen. The reason for this is that your description of your pet may not be the same as the description provided in kennel intake records. If you want to be sure your pet is or is not in a shelter you or someone who can recognize your pet must be the one looking.
You should also check with local veterinarians and emergency clinics. Check your neighborhood and talk to your neighbors especially the kids that are always out playing in case some Good Samaritan has taken your pet in. Put up flyers describing your pet with a recent picture if you have one. Be sure that there is adequate information about you so someone can contact you with information. Advertise in the paper. Give as much information as you can afford.
For most of us our pets are an important, cherished member of our family. Be sure your pets are wearing their collars, complete with identification and rabies information. Microchip implants are also a great way to make sure your animal can make it home safely.
Who do I call if I have found an animal?
DCAS’s goal for lost & found pets is to reunite them with their owners. When your pet is missing or a pet is found, DCAS is a good place to start your search, or to report the animal you have found.
If you have found a pet, contact DCAS at 303.660.7529. An Animal Welfare Officer can take a description of the dog and then try to match that description with dogs that have been reported as lost. Often DCAS can match your information with a lost report to reunite pets with owners. If a match is not made the Officer will discuss options to provide the animal with the best opportunity to be reunited with its owner.