Found a Pet?

What to do?

If you have recently found a lost pet, we appreciate you taking it into your care. Most pets are found within 1 mile of where they became lost, therefore we recommend knocking on 5 doors in each direction from where the dog was found in hopes that someone will recognize them. Pet supply stores, veterinarians, and Cincinnati Animal CARE are all locations that are able to scan for a microchip with the owner's information.

If neither of these methods work, take a photo of the dog and any identifying features and post to local neighborhoods on social media. This is a quick way to reach hundreds of people at once! Make sure to include when/where they were found and contact information. 

Once a dog leaves their neighborhood, their chances of being reunited with their owner drops from 70% to 17%, but you can help avoid that by fostering them and Cincinnati Animal CARE can assist in finding their new home if they are not reunited with their owner! 

The Hamilton County animal shelter is VERY full! If you are able to hold the animal through the state-required 3-day stray hold, please do! We will provide any supplies or support you need including a medical exam and vaccines.

If you cannot hold onto a found pet, please call 513-541-7387. Hamilton County Dog Wardens are available 24/7 for animal emergencies.

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