Lost & Found
Found a Pet?
If you've found a pet with a BALTIMORE CITY PET LICENSE TAG, click here and enter the tag number. You can also visit FoundAnimals.org for more lost and found information. Many microchips can be found at www.petmicrochiplookup.org.
Lost a Pet?
Report your lost pet to BARCS by filling out the following form and attaching a photo:
This form must be returned to BARCS via email at email@example.com or in person at 2490 Giles Rd, Baltimore, MD 21225. Many animals have similar descriptions, so please include a photo of your missing pet when sending the form. We encourage you to also post photos of the pet you lost around the neighborhood and on social media. The best way to identify your pet is to come to the shelter every three days to look.
**Please note that the legal stray hold in the State of Maryland is 72 hours. After that time, stray/lost animals are eligible for any outcome the shelter deems best for the animal.
Here are some things you can do:
- Alert local shelters, Humane Societies, SPCAs and veterinary hospitals. Make sure you give as much information as possible about the animal and a few ways to contact you. Attach a picture!
- Post signs/pictures about the animal in the area last seen and the surrounding areas (animals will travel far!).
- Post signs/pictures in local restaurants, stores, parks, post offices, etc.
- Post signs/pictures on volunteer-led lost and found Facebook groups. Click here for a list.
- Put ads in local newspapers and magazines each week.
- Visit local shelters every three days to look at strays. Only you can identify your animal. Please keep in mind that many facilities have a “hold” period for stray animals. After that time period, the animal becomes the property of that facility. For context, BARCS holds for three days.
- Register your lost pet on Finding Rover.
- Submit your report to Petfinder and other similar sites.
Ways to prevent losing an animal companion:
- Have rabies and license tags on your pet at all times.
- Write your name and phone number directly on the animal's collar with a permanent marker, as tags often fall off!
- Have your pet microchipped. This is an identification device that is inserted under the skin on the back of the animal’s neck. It is the size of a piece of rice and does not hurt the animal. When an animal is brought into a facility, the animal is scanned for a microchip, and the owner's contact information is automatically provided. You can purchase a microchip at BARCS low-cost, public clinics or from your veterinarian. Be sure to register your microchip on the chips registry and with FoundAnimals.org (free lifetime registration and updates). Also, remember to keep your contact information updated!
- Keep your pet properly restrained.
- Do not leave your pet outside unsupervised.
Found a Kitten?
Click here for guidelines on best actions when you find a stray kitten or litters of kittens.