What to do if you lose your pet:
If you have lost your pet, start looking for it
immediately. Do not wait for the animal to come home by itself. The
following suggestions may help you locate your pet.
Act quickly. Post flyers in
the area where the animal was last seen. Make sure your flyer is
easy to read, use minimal words and make them as large as possible.
Hit the streets and give the flyer to everyone you see. People are
typically very helpful in looking for a lost pet. It might be a
good idea to have a "rough draft" of your flyer ready to go and
updated in case of an emergency.
for a sample flyer.
Visit Franklin County Animal Shelter (dogs)
or Capital Area Humane Society (cats).
Go to the shelter
as soon as you think your pet is missing. Continue to visit the
shelter frequently ... there are too many animals for them to try figure out if
your animal is there over the phone. File a lost pet report with
every shelter within a 60-mile radius of your home.
Call your local dog warden
if you live in a municipality.
Post notices at local grocery
stores, community centers, veterinary offices, traffic intersections,
online at www.pets911.com or
www.petfbi.org and other locations.
Call Mary Jane Stockdale at
(614) 471-7397. She is
a lost/found service.
Leave recently worn clothing at your front/back
doors so the animal can smell its way back.
Don't give up. Animals who have
been lost for months have been reunited with their owners.
A pet—even an indoor pet—has a better
chance of being returned if she always wears a collar and an ID
tag with your name, address, and telephone number. Ask your veterinarian
about permanent methods of identification (such as microchips).
Where to Report Lost & Found Animals
Ohio statute provides no requirement for the sheltering and holding
of stray cats, therefore, most county and municipal governments do
not provide for the pick-up and sheltering of cats. As a result, the
local animal control facility only provides animal control services
and sheltering for dogs. The Humane Society will accept stray cats
from within Franklin County at our facility during our
Capital Area Humane Society
Please come in person to look for your cat. Stray dogs are
automatically transferred to the Franklin County Animal Shelter.
Our staff will assist you in looking at the cats currently in our
facility. We hold animals that seem to be owned for two full
days (not including the day of admission or disposition).
Apparently un-owned stray cats are held for one full day.
All incoming dogs and cats are screened for the presence of a
The Franklin County Animal Shelter
The Dog Shelter provides general information on their website,
http://www.franklincountydogs.com/, regarding lost dogs, but
states “Due to the large number of dogs received daily at the
Shelter, we are unable to positively identify for answer questions
about lost dogs over the phone.”
Pet FBI (Pets Found by Internet)
This service is available online,
http://www.petfbi.org/, without charge to anyone who has lost or
found a pet.
Franklin County Auditor
The Franklin County Auditor is responsible for the licensing of dogs
in Franklin County. The auditor’s website,
http://www.co.franklin.oh.us/auditor/, includes a lost and found
page limited to dogs. The website also features a searchable
database for dog license numbers.
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