Pet Lost & Found
We know that losing a pet can be a scary and painful experience, which is why we want nothing more than to reunite owners and their pets as quickly as possible. REACH’s online Lost & Found resources are available for those who believe their animal may be missing or for those who want to report an animal that appears to be lost.
Along with an up-to-date database of reported animals in our area, we have included advice and helpful tips on how to most effectively retrieve your pet, including best practices for lost pet announcements and additional services.
Lost & Found Listing
If you are missing a pet:
- Visit our lost & found pets section on our facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/REACH.Asheville/ and create a lost pet post
- Create a lost pet flyer and distribute
If you have found a pet:
- Visit our lost & found pets section on our facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/REACH.Asheville/ and create a found pet post
- Create a found pet flyer and distribute
- If you know the microchip number, click here to look it up
Please Note: It may take up to 24 hours for your listing to appear on our Facebook page. We appreciate your patience. For additional resources with locating your lost pet or the owner of a found pet, please visit our helpful links. Your lost or found pet listing will remain on our Facebook page for 60 days unless you send us a request to remove it.
Pet Lost & Found Advice
- Act Fast! Don’t waste time thinking your pet will come home on his/her own. The sooner you begin your search, the better your odds.
- Search inside your home. Sometimes they can slip back in unbeknownst to you and hide in unexpected places.
- Search the neighborhood surrounding your home as your pet may not have traveled far. A lost pet often will hide during the day, so be sure to go out again at night with a flashlight and call for him or her and then again first thing in the morning when it’s quiet.
- If you have recently moved, check your old neighborhood.
- Also look high and low. Cats can and will climb trees and drainage systems can feel like a safe hiding place.
- Leave out food and water to attract them home. Leave it in a safe and comfortable place with their favorite bedding and/or toys.
- Make noises that are familiar to home, including food, special tones or whistles, their favorite toy, etc.
- If your pet is wearing ID with your phone number on it, make sure you are available to answer your phone. Cellular phone numbers are the best numbers to list on ID tags.
- Be persistent! Often times, well-meaning people will keep a lost pet at their house before turning them into the animal shelter.
- Visit your local Animal Shelter. If you are in Buncombe County, you may visit the Buncombe County Animal Shelter or call them at 828-250-6430. Only you can positively identify your lost pet. Make sure to check every 24-48 hours. Unlicensed, stray dogs and cats are only required to be held for 72 hours so time is of the essence!
- Asheville Humane Society also has postings for lost pets and allows you to post to their website. Their number is 828-761-2001.
- Be as descriptive as possible, so they are more likely to make a correct identification.
- If your pet is microchipped, register the microchip number with your most updated contact information.
- Continue checking with your local shelter and keep up to date on the daily listing of found animals.
- Make “Lost Pet” flyers with a picture of your pet and post them around your neighborhood and bulletin boards in the local grocery stores and feed stores. To make a lost pet flyer, click here.
Here are some good lost pet flyer tips from Missing Pet Partnership:
- Make them GIANT so that people driving by cannot miss them.
- Make them FLUORESCENT so that the color attracts the attention of everyone.
- Put them at major intersections near where you lost your pet (and in areas of sightings).
- Keep them BRIEF and to the point.
- Let them convey a VISUAL IMAGE of what you have lost.
- Use social media to your advantage. Post pictures and a description and location to our Facebook.
- Check with other local veterinarians to see if someone has brought in a found pet.
- Advertise in the lost pet section of your local newspapers and check the found pets column.
- Advertise on Craigslist in the lost/found pets section and keep checking. Beware of scammers though! Be sure you don’t go to a home without a companion.
- There are many sites on the internet you can check. Just type in “Lost Pets” or “Missing Pets” on your favorite search engine.
- Respond to anything that might be close to your pet’s description. A week of wandering the streets can make white pets look drab gray, and the ad’s description might not exactly fit.
Other area publications to look into include:
- Asheville Humane Society/Buncombe County Animal Shelter
- Brother Wolf Animal Rescue
- Lost Pets WNC
- Mountain Xpress
- Asheville Citizen Times
Whatever you do, don’t give up! You can list your pets with one of these services that will call your neighbors with your lost pet’s information (for a fee):