Onslow County Animal Rescue
When your pet goes missing, act immediately by following the steps below:
Step 1. Contact Animal Services
- Date and location animal was lost
- Description of animal's breed, age, primary and secondary colors
- Pictures of the animal
- Your contact information
Step 2. Visit the Shelter DailyThis is imperative because an animal's description is subjective, and one person's description of an animal may not necessarily match yours.
5-Day Holding PeriodStray animals have a state-mandated 5 business day hold in order to allow time for an owner to find and reclaim their pet. The pet will become available for adoption after the stray holding period ends.
Your animal may have been turned in to the shelter days after he or she initially went missing, so continue to visit the shelter and check our website lost / found animal listings.
Once you have completed the initial steps to finding your pet, it can also be helpful to do the following:
Additional Ways To Find A Pet
Search Your NeighborhoodTalk with neighbors, local veterinarians, delivery drivers, and postal carriers. Give postal carriers and delivery drives a flyer as they travel your neighborhood daily and may spot your pet.
Use Social MediaUse social media to help find your pet. Post information to the following websites and use these sites to search for postings of found animals. Be sure to include as much description as possible, including the date and area your pet was lost.
Post FlyersPost flyers around your neighborhood or the location your pet was lost. Make sure the sign is bright, contains a photo, description of your pet, and your contact information. The Missing Pet Partnership has tips on creating an effective flyer.
Check With Surrounding CountiesFile a lost pet report with shelters in other counties as your pet may have roamed outside Onslow County lines. Surrounding counties include: