No one wants to experience the terrible feeling of losing a treasured pet. Learn about what you can do if you have lost a pet or if you have found someone else's pet.
Each year approximately 10,000 animals are placed in our care. Due to the high volume of animals we receive and the possibility of your animal being categorized as a different breed, we will not attempt to identify your pet over the phone. The owner must come to Animal Care Services during normal kennel business hours 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. and look through the kennels every day.
If you do not locate your pet, we encourage you to bring a flyer and post on our Lost & Found board, located in our lobby. You can also call the Lost Pet Hotline at 361-882-PETS (7387). This is a private group and not affiliated with the City of Corpus Christi Animal Care Services.
To see photos of animals that are currently in shelters, please go to the Pet Harbor website.
The Humane Society of North Texas (HSNT) provides the following tips on preventative measures:
- When walking your dog, be sure to keep the leash looped around your wrist to prevent escape.
- Check your fence regularly to make sure it’s escape-proof.
- Make sure your pet knows basic commands and practice them often. For example – if he/she starts to dart out an open door – say SIT.
- Always make sure your pet’s collar fits snuggly without being too tight – this will prevent the leash and collar from slipping off during a walk.
- Microchip your pets! For as little as $10, you can have a permanent way to identify your pet.
- Have two sets of collars and tags – so if you take one off to wash it, you can put the other one on immediately. Be sure to use a cell number when you can.
- Don’t leave pets in unattended vehicles – they can easily become overheated – and well-meaning people may not know how quickly you plan to return and take the animal thinking they are helping it.
- Have your pet spayed or neutered – this will help discourage them from wanting to stray.
- Check the information on your animal’s tags and make sure it’s still easy to read. Be sure to update the vet, the microchip registry, and your tags if you move or change your number.
- Never leave an animal on a chain or tether – not only is it illegal in many places – it is not a safe way to contain an animal and may lead to the animal being stolen or lost. Be sure to have up to date photos of your pet in case you need to identify him/her.
If you have lost a pet
The HSNT provides the following helpful information if you have lost a pet:
- Don’t assume your animal still has on its tags but just in case, call the vet, microchip company, or whoever is on the tags and alert them that your friend is missing.
- Check with neighbors immediately.
- Run an ad in the local newspaper.
- Consider magnetic signs for your car – particularly powerful if you have a large photo.
- Check this site: SPCA of Texas
- Post signs or posters in places such as:
‣ Vet clinics
‣ Laundry mats
‣ Dog parks
‣ Be sure to check with property owners and verify posting legalities with the city code compliance ordinance.
Do NOT give up! Pets can sometimes be re-united in days, weeks, months or sometimes even years. If you find your pet, please be sure to go back and let everyone know. This will stop you from getting inquiries and will allow shelter staff to work off of current information.
If you have found a pet
Animal Care Services scans animals for a microchip to help reunite the lost pet with their owner. The animal can be brought in to be scanned during normal kennel hours 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Even when our kennels are full and we are unable to take the animal, we will provide you a list of local resources to assist you with locating that pet’s owner.
We encourage you to place an ad on social media, with the approximate location of where you found the pet. Do not use your physical address. Please be cautious of meeting people to identify the found animal. Ask them to send you a recent photo of the animal that they are missing. For your personal safety, please meet people in public areas that are well lighted and never go alone. Learn about The Exchange Place, for a safer place to meet people.