Help for Lost or Found Animals

Help for Lost or Found Animals

If you have LOST or FOUND an animal:
  • Contact all the animal shelters in the surrounding cities to report the animal has been lost or found.
  • Post lots of signs in the surrounding areas where the animal was lost or found.  Also check the newspapers for any lost or found animal.
  • If you have found an animal, take the animal to an animal hospital or shelter to have it checked for a microchip.  Usually there is no charge to scan an animal for a microcip; and there may be an owner who is searching for their lost pet.

There is a good chance the animal you found has been microchipped as Microchipping is relatively inexpensive these days.  Microchipping is usually a one time fee as low as $20 and up.  We encourage you to bring the animal you have found somewhere to have it scaned for a Microchip as soon as you can.

If you have FOUND an animal, contact your local veterinarian to see if they can scan the animal for a microchip.  It is usually free for a Vet to scan an animal for a Microchip, However you may want to call first to make sure.  If the Vet you call charges, call another Vet until you find one that does not.  

*** If your pet was wearing an ID with numbers that are not current.  Call the old number on the tag.  See if it is now assigned to someone else.  Tell them you have lost your dog and that your old number (their new number) is on the tags.  Give them your new number to give out and follow up with them from time to time in case they misplace your new number.

Internet sites specific for finding a lost or found animal.


Contact your Home Owners Association and local Vets.

Ponder Veterinary Hospital
601 Shaffner St
Ponder, TX 76259

Justin Animal Hospital
A9849 FM 156 South
Justin, TX
Phone: 940.648.0328
Fax: 940.648.8050

Roanoke Animal Hospital
513 E. Byron Nelson Blvd.
Roanoke, TX 76262

City of Denton Animal Shelter
300 South Woodrow Lane
Denton, TX 76205
Phone: (940) 349-7594

All American Dogs
(972) 382-DOGS (3647)

North Texas Animal Control Authority 

The Texas Coalition for Animal Protection 
Denton Low Cost Spay and Neuter Program
713 Sunset Street
Denton, TX 76201

Fort Worth Low Cost Spay and Neuter Program
2421 Westport Parkway, Suite 400
Fort Worth, TX 76177

The Justin Animal Alliance will post flyers of Lost or Found animals.  Please email any information and photos of the Lost or Found Animal to

Flyers of Lost Pets can be viewed here:
LOST PETS In the Justin Area

Fort Worth Animal Care and Control listing of:
Lost Dogs in their care -
Lost Cats in their care -

To report animal abuse in Denton County call:

Spot Animal Cruelty
You may be a witness to Cruelty if you see an animal that:
  • Is repeatedly left alone without food and water
  • Kept outside without shelter
  • Abandoned
  • Has wounds on its body
  • Has severe hair loss
  • Is extremely thin
  • Is physically abused
  • Is provoked into fighting another animal

Lost Pet Tips

  1. Check with neighbors, mail carriers, neighborhood watch captains, neighborhood police officers and other individuals familiar with your area. Let them know your pet is lost so they can keep an eye out. Don't forget to check with local children.
  2. If you don't find your pet immediately, take a break and try again later. Pets often return to familiar areas. If you see your pet, bend down into a squatting position and call the pet's name. Remember to keep your voice light and happy, and to praise your pet for coming back. Do not punish your pet as this will teach him or her to ignore your calls.
  3. Check local shelters. Visit or call your local Shelter every other day, and come in person as much as possible. Your local shelter Animal Care and Control Division has a staff of experts to find and handle scared, lost pets. Pets are held for three full days once they are picked up, after which they become property of the city. You should also check other local shelters.
  4. Newspaper ads: When placing a newspaper ad do not advertise rewards and remember that the ad will not appear until the next day.
  5. Posting Notices: When posting a notice, include a picture of the pet and description including color and size. If you have a purebred pet and no photo, look at the library for a picture of a similar pet. Place notices in neighborhood gathering places such as grocery stores, laundry mats, veterinary offices, libraries and schools. Post your notice online through the SPCA's, and be sure to check their "Found Pets" section.

Lost Pet Recovery Tips That Save Lives

Free Pet Microchip Registry

List of Animal Help Organization in the DFW area -

Map of Texas Animal Shelters -

So many times the animals just cross a county line and the shelter they go to is so far away the owners would not think to call it. This Map of Texas Animal Shelters (still a work in progress): is by Diane Weissert. She has given us permission to share it. Please do! Thank you for all of your hard work Diane! I am sure your efforts will help reunite owners with their lost dogs!

Animal Advocates of North Texas


SPCA of Texas Offers Tips for Protecting Pets this July Fourth

More than just the heat can be harmful to your pet during the summer. Memorial Day, Labor Day and the Fourth of July are the top three holidays for pet emergencies because of outdoor activities where pets run loose. Firecrackers, with their loud, startling and scary noises, can also be harmful to your pets’ well being. And Texas summers bring brutally hot conditions. The SPCA of Texas recommends these tips to make your pets’ Fourth of July a safe one:
·         Keep your pets indoors with the air conditioner running and the windows closed or keep a radio on to help mask out as much noise as possible. Also try distracting them: follow their regular routine, play with them or crate them up until the fireworks are over. Make sure they have current tags and a microchip to ensure their safe return should they bolt out of fear.

·         Heat is another reason to keep your pets indoors this summer. Also, be sure your pet has access to cool water at all times and never leave pets in parked vehicles.

·         Be aware of neighborhood pranksters throwing firecrackers over your fence to frighten your pet. Also be careful using sparklers, as they can burn animals as well as people.

·         Allow your pets the freedom to seek refuge under the bed, behind the toilet or in the back of the closet. This may soothe them more than cuddling with them.

·         Your dog may not want to accompany you to the local fireworks extravaganza. He may prefer some nice quiet time in your lap after everything is over. Also, during the festivities, keep your dog busy with chew toys.

·         If your pet gets especially stressed or your neighborhood is particularly noisy, you may wish to talk to your veterinarian about the practicality of using tranquilizers or homeopathic remedies. Consider sending your pet to a nice quiet boarding kennel for the worst of it. 

·         Even if the proper precautions are taken, some animals may develop deeply rooted fears of loud noises after fireworks displays or thunderstorms. Commonly seen effects include: shaking; trembling; excessive drooling; barking; howling; trying to hide or get into or out of the house, fence, or other enclosure; refusing to eat food; loss of bladder or bowel control or temporary diarrhea.

·         The best way to treat this problem is through preventive conditioning, the process of desensitizing an animal to loud noises. Start by introducing your puppy or kitten to loud noises such as handclaps when they are relatively young. As the animal grows, softly bang pots and pans together and escalate the noise. Soon your dog or cat will not be traumatized by loud noises.
This Independence Day, keep your beloved companion animals indoors where it is safe.

The SPCA of Texas is the leading animal welfare agency in North Texas . The non-profit organization operates two shelters and two spay/neuter clinics located in Dallas and McKinney , and maintains a team of five animal cruelty investigators to respond to thousands of calls in eight North Texas counties. Moreover, the SPCA of Texas serves as an active resource center for an array of services that bring people and animals together to enrich each others’ lives. The SPCA of Texas is not affiliated with any other entity and does not receive general operating funds from the City of Dallas , State of Texas , federal government or any other humane organization. The SPCA of Texas is dedicated to providing every animal exceptional care and a loving home.

(214) 742-SPCA * FAX (214) 461-1801
SPCA of Texas Headquarters
2400 Lone Star Drive, Dallas, TX 75212
Dealey Animal Care Center
362 Riverfront Blvd. (S. Industrial Blvd.), Dallas, TX  75207
Martin Spay/Neuter and Animal Wellness Clinic at Village Fair
4830 Village Fair Drive, Dallas, TX 75224
Perry Animal Care Center & Spay/Neuter and Animal Wellness Clinic
8411 FM 720, McKinney, TX 75070