Lost and Found
After two years of wondering what happened to their 10-year-old orange tabby cat, Heather Moon & family were reunited with Katie, thanks to microchipping!
Each year, Butler County Humane Society takes in over 500 lost or stray pets. If you have lost a pet, we want to help you take the steps necessary to reunite with your four-legged friends. To help you find your lost pet we encourage you to personally visit the shelter at least every other day to look for your pet in person. We have hundreds of pets on site and animal descriptions may contain inaccuracies or may be incomplete. You know your pet best, and we encourage you to visit our shelter to look for your dog or cat.
Butler County Humane Society holds all stray animals for 5 business days to give owners a chance to reclaim their pets. Dogs and cats receive a full body scan for microchips at the time of intake and before they are adopted or transported. In the event that identification is discovered, attempts are made to contact owners over the course of the 5-day stray hold period. You can also utilize the resources below to assist you in searching for your pet.
Resources & Tips for Finding Lost Pets
The Lost and Found Pets of the Butler Facebook Page is monitored by several area nonprofits, including OVADA. Area residents are invited to post both lost and found pets on the page, with the purpose of creating a central location for networking lost pets and getting them home.
Whether you’ve lost a pet or found a stray, posters are encouraged to:
1. Upload a picture
2. Include geographic location where the pet was lost or found
3. Include pertinent information about the pet (age, breed/mix, collar, microchip, gender, altered status, unique markings etc.)
4. Share contact information
Losing a pet can be traumatic and scary. Follow these tips to help your pet find their way back to you:
1. File a lost pet report
File a lost pet report with all shelters within a 60-mile radius of your home and visit nearby shelters every other day, if possible. You can find local shelters by searching online or in the phone book. Notify the police if you believe your pet was stolen to file a police report.
2. Search the neighborhood
Walk or drive through your neighborhood several times each day. Ask neighbors, letter carriers and delivery people if they have seen your pet. Hand out a recent photograph of your pet and information on how you can be reached if your pet is found.
3. Spread the word
Get the word out by posting notices at local shops, libraries, veterinary offices, community centers, pet stores, and other locations. You can also advertise in newspapers and even by writing in glass chalk on the wind of your car. Include your pet’s sex, age, weight, breed, color and any special markings. When describing your pet, leave out one identifying characteristic and ask the person who finds your pet to describe it.
4. Use the Internet
Use the internet to share notices with Lost and Found Pages and local shelters and rescue organizations.
5. Don’t give up!
Sometimes animals that have been lost for months or years find their way back to their families after long periods of time.
In Butler County, dog owners are legally required to keep their pets on a leash or under direct control when off their property. A pet has a better chance of being returned if he/she always wears a collar and an ID tag with your name, address and telephone number. Microchipping is available here at the Butler County Humane Society or your local veterinarian.