Lost & Found
Found a Pet?
If you have found a pet with a BALTIMORE CITY PET LICENSE TAG, click here and enter 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 one of the following forms and attaching a photo:
This form must be returned to the shelter via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or in person to 301 Stockholm St., Baltimore, MD 21230. Many animals have similar descriptions. Please include a photo of your missing pet when sending his form! We encourage you to also post photos of the pet you found around the neighborhood and on social media. The best way to identify your pet is to come to the shelter every 3 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.
- Alert local shelters, Humane Societies, SPCA's, and Veterinary Hospitals (Make sure you give as much information as possible about the animal and ways to contact you.) Attach a picture!
- Post signs about the animal in the area last seen and the surrounding areas (animals will travel far!) Attach a picture!
- Post signs/pictures in local restaurants, stores, parks, post offices, etc.
- Post signs/pictures on volunteer-lead lost and found Facebook groups. Click here for a list.
- Put ads in the local newspapers and magazines each week.
- Visit local shelters every 3 days to look at the strays. You can identify your animal best. (Many facilities have a “hold” period for stray animals. After that time period, the animal becomes the property of that facility – BARCS holds for 3 days.)
- 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. (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.