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I Found a Pet


If this is an emergency, like the pet needs immediate medical care or is a threat to public safety, call 
901-545-COPS. If human lives are in danger, please call 911.

Thank you for helping this pet! This pet is most likely lost. Did you know that dogs only have a 10% chance of finding their way home once they go to a shelter, and cats only have about a 2% chance?

By temporarily holding on to this pet (assuming they are healthy and friendly) and searching for their home, you are giving this pet a much better chance of getting back to their family. If you will help this pet, we will support you by providing supplies you may need. Fill out this Found Pet Report to let us know you’ve found a pet and will be looking for their home.

HOW TO SEARCH FOR THE PET’S OWNER

ASK AROUND IN THE AREA YOU FOUND THE PET
If the pet has an owner, somebody in the neighborhood probably has an idea of where.

TAKE TO ANY VETERINARIAN, ANIMAL SHELTER, OR MEMPHIS FIRE STATION TO HAVE THE PET SCANNED FOR A MICROCHIP

  1. If the found pet has a microchip, this is good news! Please follow these steps to find the pet’s family.
  2. Go to https://www.petmicrochiplookup.org/ and enter the microchip number in the search box (please make sure you enter it correctly – the microchip number will be a 9, 10, or 15 character number or alphanumeric number.
  3. If the microchip is “enrolled” or registered, the Microchip Registries will show up on the site (please note, the pet’s microchip may be registered in more than one registry). Start at the top (most current registration) and work your way down if there are multiple registrations.
    1. If the microchip is registered with Found Animals Registry (the registry we use at Memphis Animal Services), simply click on their website and either click 1) Start Found Pet Alert or 2) Search Microchip number. Once the microchip number is entered click on the green box that says, “CLICK HERE TO NOTIFY OWNER,” and then “Contact Pet Owner” and enter your contact information. Once you have entered your contact information the pet owner will receive a call, text and an email immediately letting them know you have their pet!
    2. If the microchip is registered with another registry (Home Again, 24PetWatch, AKC Reunite, etc), call the 800 number or go to their website in order to notify the pet owner.
    3. If the microchip isn’t enrolled, please try the companies listed as “being distributed or manufactured by” AND go to https://avidid.com/found and enter the chip number and your contact information on the Avid website or call Avid at 1-800-336-2843.

CHECK TO SEE IF THE PET HAS ANY ID ON THEIR COLLAR
Even if they just have a rabies tag, MAS may be able to track that for you. Send a photo of the rabies tag to MAS@memphistn.gov to see if we can track it or text 901-426-3203.

PRINT FOUND PET SIGNS
Put up as many of these signs as you can in the area where you found the pet. Remember pets can travel pretty far in short distances, so don’t make your coverage area too narrow. Take these flyers to local veterinarians and shelters too.

POST ON LOST & FOUND PETS OF THE MID-SOUTH AND YOUR OWN SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES POST ON PETCO LOVE LOST (national lost/found database using facial recognition technology)

POST YOUR FOUND PET ON PAWBOOST FOR FREE

POST ON NEXTDOOR