Lost & Found Cats
If you are looking for information about a lost pet, your best resource is to call 311 and visit our friends at CMPD Animal Care & Control in person at 8315 Byrum Drive, Charlotte, NC, 28217. Due to space restrictions, Animal Care & Control holds animals for three days only.
If you believe that you have found your pet on their site, visit CMPD Animal Care & Control with the 7 digit animal ID number as well as proof that this pet is yours. Vet records and pictures of you and your pet together are the best way to prove that pet is yours. To get complete instructions on how to reclaim your pet, visit CMPD Animal Care & Control’s reclaim page.
If you have found a stray pet, go to the Found Pets page for more information.
IF YOU HAVE LOST YOUR PET:
1. Make a flyer at http://petbond.com/flyerentry.php or at www.ReturnMyPet.com. We are happy for you to share your lost poster on our Facebook page here. You should also email our partners at CMPD Animal Care & Control at firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be posted on the AC&C Facebook page as soon as possible. Lost animal pictures can also be sent via a private facebook message along with contact information and where the animal was lost/last seen.
If the pet is microchipped contact the microchip company and let them know that your pet is lost. Make sure all personal information (address, phone numbers, etc.) are up-to-date at the same time. They will alert veterinarian offices as well as Animal Control agencies near your home.
2. Visit CMPD Animal Care & Control to check the found animal reports. They are located at 8315 Byrum Drive.
3. Owner’s that have lost their pets should check local newspapers in the classified ads section, local bulletin boards, AC&C Facebook page in the found picture album, and national lost/found pet websites to see if anyone has posted their pets in the found sections. (Three common lost/found sites to share your lost flyers and look for found pets: Lost & Found Dogs – North Carolina, Lost and Found Pets-Charlotte group page, Humane Society of Charlotte and Craig’s list).
4. It’s important for owners that have lost their pets to check the AC&C lost/found page on the website daily as new animals are brought in at all hours of each day. If you think you might have found your pet online PLEASE go to the shelter to see them in person. Bring proof of ownership with you just in case the pet you saw online is yours so CMPD Animal Care & Control can expedite the reclaim process. (It’s also a good idea to check the AC&C Facebook page for new found pet flyers.)
IF YOU HAVE FOUND A STRAY ANIMAL:
1. If you have found a stray dog or cat and wish to retain the pet in your home and provide care while actively seeking the owner, you may do so BUT you are required to fill out CMPD Animal Care & Control’s found report listed at the bottom of this page link, or call 311 to file a found report. This report will be sent to Animal Care & Control staff and be placed into their found pet book at the shelter.
2. Microchipping is one of the best ways in reuniting a pet with their owner and urge you to take the pet to a local veterinarian to be scanned for a microchip. We can also scan an animal here at the Humane Society of Charlotte. If you are unable to transport the animal to a veterinarian, call 311 and ACC will send an officer to your home to scan the animal for a microchip. Low-cost microchipping is available every Wednesday 9am-2pm at our HSC Spay/Neuter Clinic located at 2646 Toomey Avenue.
3. Flyers should be made at http://petbond.com/flyerentry.php or at www.ReturnMyPet.com and posted in the area of which the pet was found. Fliers may also be posted on our Facebook page at this link. They can also be mailed to CMPD Animal Care & Control at email@example.com so they can post the flier on the AC&C Facebook page as soon as possible. Found pet pictures can also be sent via a private facebook message or email along with contact information and location the pet was found. (Three common lost/found sites to share your found flyers and look for lost pets that have been posted: Lost & Found Dogs – North Carolina, the Lost and Found Pets-Charlotte group page, and Craig’s list).
4. In some cases, lost pet reports are created and sent to Facebook as well as our shelter. You may come to the AC&C shelter to check the lost animal reports.
Pursuant to North Carolina General Statute 130A-192 requires “If the animal is a dog or cat, the finder or approved rescue organization shall hold the animal for the 72-hour holding period provided for in subsection (a) of this section or such longer holding period that may be applicable to the shelter by ordinance or local rule”.
If you are unable to retain the lost pet in your home, please call 311 and CMPD Animal Care & Control will send an officer to your home to pick up the animal; or you may bring the lost pet to the animal shelter located at 8315 Byrum Dr., Charlotte NC 28217.
If the pet has not been reunited with its’ owner after the 72 hour holding period, you may continue holding the pet, contact the Humane Society of Charlotte or other area rescue organizations who may assist with permanent placement; or bring the pet to the AC&C shelter who will attempt every method possible in creating a positive outcome.