HSCC's Lost and Found Pet Program gives our community a central location where lost and found pet reports can be made. Please remember that many pets (lost dogs in particular) are picked up by local animal control, law enforcement, and caring citizens. Be sure to check with local authorities and neighbors in addition to contacting HSCC.
LOST & FOUND DOGS
HSCC can only take in stray dogs from local animal control and law enforcement. If you have lost or found a dog, you must contact the animal control officer or police department for the town where the dog was found.
Vermont state law mandates that stray dogs must be held at the animal control facility in the town they were found for a mandatory period (determined by the town, usually one week) before coming to HSCC. This mandatory holding period is provided to allow owners of missing dogs to claim their pets and retain ownership. After this period, the original owner loses legal ownership of the dog, and animal control is free to make all decisions regarding its future. If the dog is brought to HSCC, HSCC is given full legal ownership of the dog.
IF YOU HAVE LOST A CAT OR DOG
Immediately search your property as both cats and dogs might seek a safe spot near or around your home. These spaces can often be tiny little crevices, so searching thoroughly is recommended.
Alert your neighbors and promptly take the below measures to ensure the highest likelihood of a safe return:
- If it’s a dog, contact your town Animal Control Officer or Police Department. All found or stray dogs are held in the town holding facility to allow owners to reclaim them. HSCC does not take in stray or found dogs from the public.
- Walk your neighborhood and call the animal's name frequently - taking the time to pause and listen. Try this several times during the day, especially when the neighborhood is quiet. Try bringing a tasty treat or perhaps your dog's favorite squeaky toy along with you.
- Place familiar household-scented articles outside to attract your pet. You may also want to try setting up a little shelter with a familiar bed or blanket inside.
- Post information and a picture of your pet on the Lost and Found Animals of Vermont Facebook page.
- Post flyers within a 3-mile radius (be sure to include local vets).
- Post online/place an ad (i.e. Craigslist.com, Front Porch Forum, and the classifieds in your local paper (most lost pet ads are free of charge). Be sure to include the name, location where the animal went missing, photo, and any other detailed information about your pet (age, gender, collar, unique markings, etc.).
- Frequently check the Found Animals section of your local paper, online classifieds, Front Porch Forum and the Lost and Found Animals of Vermont Facebook page.
- If your pet is micro-chipped, notify the company with whom the chip is registered (most companies provide assistance in getting the word out about a lost pet, if you are a current member).
All pets recently adopted from HSCC have been micro-chipped. If your pet is from HSCC, be sure to contact us as well as the chip company and alert them that your pet is missing.
IF YOU HAVE FOUND A CAT OR COMPANION SMALL ANIMAL (not wildlife)
- Speak with your neighbors to see if the animal belongs to them or if they know who it might belong to.
- Post information and a picture of the found animal on the Lost and Found Animals of Vermont Facebook page.
- Post flyers within a 3-mile radius of where it was found (be sure to include local vets).
- Place an ad/post online (i.e. Craigslist.com, Front Porch Forum, the classifieds section of your local paper (most lost pet ads are free of charge). Be sure to include the name, location where the animal was found, a photo, and any other detailed information about the animal (type of animal, size, collar, color, unique markings, etc.).
- Frequently check the Lost Animals section of your local paper, online classifieds, Front Porch Forum and Lost and Found Animals of Vermont Facebook page.
- Bring the animal to your local vet or animal shelter to check for a microchip.
If you have any questions, contact our Lost Pet Program Coordinator by calling (802) 862-0135 x21 or click here to send an email.
Adoption Center Hours:
Tuesday - Friday 1:00 - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
*We will be closed on Wednesday, February 15th for a day of staff development*
While we do our best to accommodate our visitors, please note that visits with animals are limited 30 minutes before closing.
* We are closed Sunday and Monday
February 11, 2017