Found a Stray

Most people who contact us to take stays don’t realize they are legally obligated to try to find the owners first.

We try to limit our intake to pets that come from Dallas Animal Services (DAS). You may want to take your stray to DAS, and let us know it is there. In addition, there are many shelters you can consult to see if they have capacity. You may also want to keep the stray and enroll it in our Guest Dog Program.

Dallas Animal Services

Guide to Finding Lost Dogs
  1. Search the immediate area thoroughly.
  2. Visit us ASAP to search for your pet and to file a report with our Lost & Found Coordinator.  You can also email us at DASLost@DallasCityHall.com, but you need to come to the shelter in person to check for your dog.
  3. Advise your microchip manufacturer right away.  If you don’t know how to contact them, you can look up your pet’s chip at http://www.petmicrochiplookup.org/
  4. Contact your neighborhood or homeowner’s association.
  5. Put up signs.  Find out how to make signs that get noticed at https://bit.ly/lostpetflyer
  6. Tag your car.  It works! Find out more at https://bit.ly/tagyourcar
  7. Post online on Craigslist and Lost Pet websites, like the Lost Dogs of Texas Facebook Page
  8. Alert the veterinary clinics in your area.  You can find them quickly and easily using AHNow.org
  9. Never give up.  We’ve seen some amazing reunions over the years — some weeks, months, and even years later.

For in-depth information on lost pet behaviors, and additional information on finding lost pets, visit DallasAnimals.org, and look for Lost Pet Network.

Dallas Animal Services

Guide to reuniting found dogs
  1. Check for identification tags.  Even city-issued registration tags are traceable.
  2. Walk the dog around the area where he was found to see if anyone recognizes him.
  3. Take the dog to the nearest shelter or veterinary clinic to have it scanned for a microchip. Locate vets near you using AHNow.org
  4. Notify us by emailing the Dallas Animal Services Lost & Found Coordinator at DASLost@DallasCityHall.com.  The Lost& Found Coordinator can not only take your report, but he can check “Lost” reports on file.  If someone is looking for the dog, they will likely contact us.
  5. Put up large, brightly colored posters.  Find out what information to include on your posters at https://bit.ly/lostpetflyer.  Be sure to leave out at least one specific descriptive characteristic that can be used to help verify ownership.
  6. Contact your neighborhood or homeowner’s association
  7. Post online on Craigslist and share on your social media channels
  8. Complete the Found Pet form on www.PetHarbor.com and on the Lost Dogs of Texas Facebook Page

It is best if you house the dog yourself while attempting to find the owner.  However, if you are unable to temporarily house the dog until the owner is found, please bring the dog to:

Dallas Animal Services
1818 N. Westmoreland
Dallas, 75212

The Lost & Found department is open 11am – 6:30pm Monday – Saturday and 12pm – 5pm on Sunday.

For in-depth information on lost pet behaviors, and additional information on finding lost pets, visit DallasAnimals.org, and look for Lost Pet Network.