LOST AND FOUND PETS
No one wants to experience the terrible feeling of losing a
treasured pet. Each year approximately 11,000 animals are placed in
our care. Due to the high volume of animals we receive and the
possibility of your animal being categorized as a different breed,
we will not attempt to identify your pet over the phone. For your
convenience, a new tool is available for reporting lost and found
*The name and telephone number you provide will be published on this website for the purpose of helping reunite lost pets with their owners.
If the pet you reported lost or found through this site is reunited with its owner, please update the status of the pet.
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The Humane Society of North Texas (HSNT) provides the following
tips on preventative measures:
- When walking your dog, be sure to keep the leash looped
around your wrist to prevent escape.
- Check your fence regularly to make sure it’s escape proof.
- Make sure your pet knows basic commands and practice them
often. For example – if he/she starts to dart out an open door –
- Always make sure your pet’s collar fits snuggly without
being too tight – this will prevent the leash and collar from
slipping off during a walk.
- Have two sets of collars and tags – so if you take one off
to wash it, you can put the other one on immediately. Be sure to
use a cell number when you can.
- Don’t leave pets in unattended vehicles – they can easily
become overheated – and well meaning people may not know how
quickly you plan to return and take the animal thinking they are
- Have your pet spayed or neutered – this will help discourage
them from wanting to stray.
- Check the information on your animal’s tags and make sure
it’s still easy to read. Be sure to update the vet, the
microchip registry, and your tags if you move or change your
- Never leave an animal on a chain or tether – not only is it
illegal in many places – it is not a safe way to contain an
animal and may lead to the animal being stolen or lost.
- Be sure to have up to date photos of your pet in case you
need to identify him/her.
IF you have LOST a pet...
- Visit the Animal Services Center each day to
determine if your pet has been impounded.
The HSNT provides the following helpful information if you have
lost a pet:
- Check with neighbors immediately.
- Don’t assume your animal still has on its tags but just in
case, call the vet, microchip company, or whomever is on the
tags and alert them that your friend is missing.
- Run an ad in the Star-Telegram.
- Consider magnetic signs for your car – particularly powerful
if you have a large photo.
- Check this site:
SPCA of Texas
- Post signs or posters in places such as:
- Vet clinics
- Laundry mats
- Dog parks
- Be sure to check with property owners and verify posting
legalities with the city code compliance ordinance.
Do NOT give up! Pets can sometimes be re-united in days, weeks,
months or sometimes even years. If you find your pet please be sure
to go back and let everyone know. This will stop you from getting
inquiries and will allow shelter staff to work off of current
If you have FOUND a pet...
Arlington Animal Services scans animals for a microchip to help reunite the lost pet with their owner. Please contact us at 817-459-5898 for more information.
Note: City Animal Codes (Article II, General Provisions, Section
2.04) require that citizens must turn in found stray animals to
Animal Services within 48 hours.