What should I do when I have a LOST/FOUND pet?

LOST PET

With the January 1st, 2016 launch of Delaware Animal Services, a new website provides Delaware’s first Lost and Found Pet Registry: AnimalServices.delaware.gov.

Photos and descriptions of all stray animals picked up by DAS will be posted in the searchable registry to help pet owners looking for their companions. Residents and other organizations can also use the site to post lost or found animals.

To FILE LOST REPORT see below:

Fill out a DAS Lost Report – If you don’t see your pet on the State Lost and Found Pet Registry, post a lost pet report. Include a photo, description and details where the pet was last seen. If you need assistance, call the DAS dispatch center at 302-255-4646.

  • Call the Brandywine Valley SPCA’s Lost/Found hotline at 302-516-1001 to arrange to visit the shelter facilities to search for your pet.
You can also report to ALL local vets, check and post on https://www.facebook.com/LostPetPR and  http://delaware.craigslist.org/laf/, send out Pet Amber Alert http://www.petamberalert.com,
make LOST DOG FLYERS (important information to include on the flyer: date pet was lost, location street name, city and state, a picture of the pet, spayed/neutered, collar, and contact #), post on your personal FB page, Delaware SPCA at http://www.delspca.org/lost-and-found-stanton-shelter/, send in private message to PBP to post on our page, and hang up everywhere (telephone poles, gas stations, stores, etc.),
put ad in the lost dog section of the newspaper and DE online.
Once dog is found go back and spread the great news!
FOUND PET
**File an online found animal report on the State Lost and Found Pet Registry**
For stray dogs, contact the following animal control agencies depending on your location:
Delaware Animal Services – New Castle, Kent and Sussex Counties – 302-255-4646
City of Wilmington – 302-654-5151
City of Newark – Newark Police – 302-366-7111
City of Dover – Dover Police – 302-736-7111
Stray dogs may be brought to our sheltering partner, Brandywine Valley SPCA during business hours. The shelter is located at 600 South Street, New Castle, DE 19720. Shelter hours of operation are: Tuesday – Friday, 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday Closed.
FILE FOUND REPORT see below, Have pet scanned for a microchip at a local vet,
report to ALL local vets, ask local mail carriers if they recognize the dog,

make FOUND DOG FLYERS (important information to include on the flyer: date pet was found, location street name, city and state, a picture of the pet, spayed/neutered, collar, and contact #), post on your personal FB page,  https://www.facebook.com/LostPetPR, Delaware SPCA at http://www.delspca.org/lost-and-found-stanton-shelter/send in private message to PBP to post on our page, and hang up everywhere (telephone poles, gas stations, stores, etc.),

put ad in the found dog section of the newspaper and DE online.
Once dog is back with his/her owner, go back and spread the great news!

**When owner comes forward, ask for picture and vet records as proof of ownership.  If owner is not found and you can help the dog find a new home on your own, we recommend using http://www.pbrc.net/adoption/screening.html.

Note: Delaware strays will stay in Delaware.  Chester County SPCA has 2 facilities where stray animals will be held one in Kent County and one in Newark.

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8 Responses to What should I do when I have a LOST/FOUND pet?

  1. alyssa calise says:

    I have my pitbull that i can no longer keep. because the home i am moving to i can not have a dog and i have a baby on the way, and that would be to much for me to handle but i do not want to give him to a shelter or spca because i do not want him killed. He is beautiful only a year and a month. are you able to take him in? please contact me back at 6094028408 or mommyac62214@gmail.com my name is Alyssa Calise. please and thank you it would be much appreciated i am an animal lover and this will be hard to say goodbye i want a good place for my baby to go and be taken care of. i have asked many people if they need a dog and everyone has said no. its terrible. again please contact me.

    • shannonpbpde says:

      Hello Alyssa,

      We are terribly sorry to hear your situation. PBP of DE is a small, 100% foster/volunteer based organization that cares for approximately 8-10 “pit bull type” dogs at a time. The #1 over bred and euthanized dog in the country. Because of the overwhelming # of owner surrender requests and high-kill shelter pleas we receive every day, we are unfortunately not able to take in every pup.

      While every animal deserves a chance, the sad reality is *approximately 9,000 dogs and cats die in shelters in the United States, simply because they have no place to call home. That’s more than 4 million unnecessary deaths a year. A true, present-day tragedy. Your pup is lucky to have an owner that cares, allowing us to make those death row, shelter pups our 1st priority because they have no one to speak for them. Many of them have been abandoned and have never known the love and care of being in a safe home. Based on these statistics and because owning a pet is a life-time commitment, we hope you reconsider your request and can make the necessary adjustments to keep yours in a loving home. If you truly feel you need to find your pup a new home, PBP of DE strongly recommends Pit Bull Rescue Central for assistance and advice on how to safely find a new home on your own: http://www.pbrc.net/adoption/owners.html. We REALLY need to public to help in these efforts to help save more pups lives.

      If after you have exhausted all options and you still need our help, please email pictures and details about your pup (age, sex, temperament, dog/cat friendly, etc.) to our Owner Surrender Coordinator at ownersurrender@pitbullprideofdelaware.org. Due to the high-volume of requests we receive, unfortunately there is a waiting list and this is not a quick process.

      Other no kill rescues in the area are Faithful Friends Animal Society (www.faithfulfriends.us), CompAnimals Pet Rescue (www.companimals.org), Delaware SPCA –Georgetown & Stanton (www.delspca.org), and the Delaware Humane Association (www.dehumane.org). We would also recommend The Pet Project, email info@thepetprojectde.org, and/or review their website at http://www.thepetprojectde.org for additional resources.

      ~All the Best, Shannon~

      *Stats provided by Best Friends October 2013

  2. Nicole O'Neal says:

    I have a pitbull girl that I rescued over 4 years ago. She is now probably around 7 years old. She is lovely, fun, active, affectionate and sweet. Her name is Sweet Sarah. I also have a 9 month old daughter. In the last week, Sarah has been growling and snapping and barking at my daughter when she touches her or grabs her fur or tail. I need to find a new home for Sweet Sarah. She is great with other dogs. We have a black lab who is the same age as Sarah and they play and have fun and cuddle. If you can give Sarah a home, please contact me via email or phone. 303-298-6338 or ngbug05@gmail.com. thank you.

  3. MICHELLE WISEMAN says:

    MALE & FEMALE PITT LEFT AT MY HOUSE & OWNER NOW IN JAIL. I HAVE A GERMAN SHEPERD THAT DESPISES BOTH OF THEM. THE SITUATION IS GRAVE & DANGEROUS. IT TOOK 4 OF US TO BREAK APART MY DOG & THE MALE PITT. BOTH ARE BEAUTIFUL DOGS, GOOD WITH PEOPLE & CHIDREN, ESPECIALLY THE FEMALE. I AM AT A LOST OF WHAT TO DO WITH THEM. THEY ACT LIKE HUSBAND & WIFE AND IT WOULD DEVASTATE THEM IF SEPARATED. AT THIS TIME THEY ARE LIVING IN MY BASEMENT, NO LIFE FOR THEM. THEY WERE RAISED TOGETHER FOR APPROXIMATELY 6 YEARS, PLEASE HELP! THE MALE IS MALE AGRESSIVE BUT NOT WITH FEMALES. BOTH ARE GREAT DOGS AND DESERVES A LOVING HOME.

    • shannonpbpde says:

      Hi Michelle,

      We are very sorry to hear of your situation. No way to contact him or his friends or family for help? PBP of DE is a small, 100% foster/volunteer based organization caring and advocating for “pit bull type” dogs. Our organization mainly works with high-kill shelters in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. On an average week, we receive 20-25 urgent pleas from high-kill shelters (these dogs are highly adoptable, but sadly are euthanized for space) and 5 to 10 owner surrender requests. We rarely have the resources to take in urgent cases from shelters or owner surrenders. While we would absolutely love to save every dog, the sad reality is we just cannot.

      You may not know this but sadly pit bulls are the most abused and over bred dog in the US. It is estimated that only 1 out of 600 pit bull type dogs ever make it out of a shelter system. Resources are available for training, spay/neutering, insurance and housing referrals. While every animal deserves a chance, *approximately 9,000 dogs and cats die in shelters in the United States DAILY, simply because they have no place to call home. That’s more than 3 million unnecessary deaths a year. A true, present-day tragedy. PBP of DE strongly recommends Pit Bull Rescue Central for assistance and advice on how to safely find a new home on your own: http://www.pbrc.net/adoption/owners.html. We REALLY need to public to help in these efforts to help save more pups lives.

      Other no kill rescues in the area are Faithful Friends Animal Society ( http://www.faithfulfriends.us), CompAnimals Pet Rescue ( http://www.companimals.org), Delaware SPCA –Georgetown & Stanton ( http://www.delspca.org), and All the Need is Love ( http://www.alltheyneedislove.org), House of Hope ( http://www.houseofhopeanimalrescue.com), and the Delaware Humane Association ( http://www.dehumane.org). We would also recommend The Pet Project, email info@thepetprojectde.org, and/or review their website at http://www.thepetprojectde.org for additional resources.

      *Stats provided by Best Friends October 2013

      All the Best,
      Owner Surrender Coordinator
      Pit Bull Pride of Delaware
      pitbullprideofdelaware.org

  4. Chris Henry says:

    Katie, tech at VA DOVER ANIMAL HOSPITAL, called me last night about 2 abandoned pit/lab mix dogs, left in home with no food, water, electricity or place for bathroom. See my FB page to see story. Another Officer Finally came (at6:30 pm today…Sat.) to location in Dover. Dogs were rescued, however, a Bigwig for shelter stated, very clearly, he will euthanize these nice, friendly dogs because of the Pit mix! Please help. Please call Katie at 303.632.7366 or myself at 302.698.0886. Thank you. C

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