If You’ve Found a Pet
Please read our stray intake process during COVID-19 here.
You can help a stray pet's chances of getting back home by keeping him in the community and looking for the owner. Did you know that a majority of pets reclaimed from Austin Animal Center were found within 1,000 feet of their home? Plus, you help us save space for sick and injured pets who really need our help. We've seen that pets win when neighbors help neighbors. View our data study here.
Follow these steps to help find the owner and keep the pet out of the shelter:
- Take the found pet to a veterinarian, emergency animal hospital or the shelter to have the pet scanned for a microchip.
- Submit a Found Animal Report by calling 311 or use the Austin 311 app.
- The pet will then be listed in our online database for two weeks.
- Visit the Pet Resource Center for supplies like food, a crate, collar and leash while you hold onto the pet.
- Post the pet as found on sites like Nextdoor, Craigslist and Austin Lost and Found Pets.
- Hang Flyers where the pet was found.
If you cannot keep the pet in your home or the animal is injured, you can bring it to the Austin Animal Center's Pet Resource Center by making an appointment here. If you are unable to wait for an appointment, please call 311 and ask to speak with an Animal Protection Officer.
Healthy Found Cats
COVID-19 Update: Due to resource limitations and for the safety of on the ground volunteers and staff, Trap Neuter Return (TNR) through Community Cats is currently suspended.
Please visit our Community Cats page for more information about what to do with a found cat or kitten.
The Austin Animal Center does not accept healthy found cats into our adoption program, regardless of friendliness. Our Shelter-Neuter-Return program in partnership with Austin Humane Society ensures that healthy found cats are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, ear tipped and then returned to the exact location they were found. This increases the likelihood of the cat going back home and saves space in the shelter for owner surrendered, sick and injured cats.
Unique or Exotic Pets and Wildlife
Austin Animal Center takes in all types of unique pets, not just dogs and cats. Found, unique pets, exotics, farm animals and injured wildlife are brought to the shelter as well. Wildlife is sometimes transferred to Austin Wildlife Rescue. Please check our online database and select ‘Other’ to search for animals other than dogs and cats.