Lost and Found Pets

Pasco County Animal Services knows that a pet is a member of the family. Losing your pet can be a scary time not only for your pet but for everyone involved. Our organization is dedicated to helping you find your lost pet and helping reunite families in times of need.

Please utilize the below techniques and reference the many resources on this page. These combined efforts will give you and your pet the best chance of finding each other again.

Dog and cat


  • Act fast! The best chance to find your pet is within the first 48 hours after they go missing. Take immediate action and seek help from your family, friends, neighbors and community.
  • Check in your area! Although your pet may be at a shelter, it was most likely found by one of your neighbors. Hang up posters in your area and check in with homes near yours.
  • Utilize social media! Stray pets are found by citizens every day, and many people use social media to help find the owners. The back of this form has many websites you can use to help find your lost pet.
  • Check your local shelters — plural is key! Although you may have one main animal shelter in your area, other citizens may feel more comfortable taking a stray pet to a shelter or rescue they know.
  • Make sure your contact info is up to date! If your pet has a microchip, make sure your phone number and address are accurate. Also, call your veterinarian to ensure they have your latest information.
  • Don't give up. Animal shelters see cases every year where animals have been missing for days, weeks or even years. Pasco County Animal Services is here to help you try and find your missing family member.


It can be easy to assume a stray dog has been abandoned. However, that's not always the case! There are many ways you can try to find the owner of a lost dog.

  • Hang flyers or posters in the area with a photo of the dog and your contact information.
  • Walk the dog around the neighborhood to see if anyone is missing a pet. Many lost dogs are not far from home!
  • Post the dog's photo to social media pages or groups and websites that focus on lost pets.
  • Take the dog to a local shelter or vet clinic to be scanned for a microchip.
  • If all else fails, make an appointment to bring the dog into your local municipal shelter, which will keep the dog for its legal stray hold time.

If you've found a stray, healthy cat, we encourage you to simply leave it be!

Cat and dog sitting next to each other