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I Cannot Keep this Pet & Must Surrender It

When you find a pet, you should make every effort to find his or her owner. There are some great tips for finding a pet’s owner at LostFoundPets.us. Even if you can't keep the pet, you may still be able to do some legwork to see if you can find an owner, such as:

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

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.

SEARCH LOST PET REPORTS
Citizens who lost their pets are encouraged to file a report on our website. You can search through those reports here to see if any of these pets match the pet you have found.

Search “Lost Dog” reports

Search “Lost Cat” reports
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SURRENDERING THE PET TO MAS

If your attempts to locate the owner have been unsuccessful, or you are not able to attempt to locate the owner, and you have ID proving residence in Shelby County (excluding Bartlett, Germantown, and Collierville), you may turn the pet in at MAS during the following hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 12 to 4 p.m. 

Owner surrenders, which are by appointment only, are taken on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. These appointments take priority during these times.

If you are surrendering a found pet and are able to have a veterinarian give vaccines (particularly distemper/parvo and bordetella) before surrendering, we recommend doing that and bringing that paperwork with you at the time of surrender. You will help protect the pet’s immune system in the stressful shelter environment where they will be exposed to other animals with unknown medical histories. It also helps protect the pets that are already in our care.

Please note: Memphis Animal Services is not a no-kill shelter. Unfortunately, any pet that you turn in may be euthanized if we run out of space.

 

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