Stray/Found Pets

 

HELP: Lost, Found and Stray Animals

 

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What to do if You've Lost Your Pet

 

1) Search for Your Pet on BARCS' Stray Listing

BARCS is responsible for handling stray/found animals found in Baltimore City. However, there are additional area shelters that also take in stray/found animals. Please note that the legal stray hold in the State of Maryland is 72 hours. After that time, stray/found animals are eligible for any outcome the shelter deems best for the animal. If you see your pet's photo on our website, please contact BARCS immediately at resource@barcs.org.

SEARCH STRAY/FOUND ANIMALS AT BARCS:

    

 

2) Upload Your Pet's Photo to Finding Rover

BARCS partners with Finding Rover and highly recommends that pet owners searching for lost pets use this free resource. Finding Rover is a facial recognition app that reunites lost pets with their owners. Photos of animals that are found or admitted to participating shelters are stored in the app’s database. Every time a pet parent posts a photo of a pet they’ve lost, Finding Rover scans its database and provides possible matches and necessary contact information within seconds. A major benefit of Finding Rover is that it searches a database that includes BARCS, other local area shelters, and uploads from private citizens who have found lost animals. Start Searching Finding Rover

 

3) File a Lost Pet Report Through BARCS

Report your lost pet to BARCS by filling out our online lost pet form. This form must be returned to BARCS via email at info@barcs.org 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. The best way to identify your pet is to come to the shelter every three days to look. BARCS Lost Pet Form

**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.
 

4) Additional Steps We Highly Recommend

As a pet parent, one of the most frightening moments you may experience is when you realize your pet is lost. The panic that follows this realization can make it hard to think clearly about what you should do next. So we’ve gathered a list of helpful, next-step actions you can take to ensure you have the best possible chance of being reunited with your beloved pet.

 

 


 

What to do if You've Found a Stray Animal

 

Lost and found is a community effort! Finders in Baltimore City have the option to shelter the lost pet in their own home and diligently look for their owner or seek the help of a local shelter. With either option, we ask that finders of stray animals first follow the steps below to help get animals directly back home before a stop at the shelter.

If the animal you found is in injured or in danger, please call 311 for assistance from Baltimore City Animal Control.

 

1) Check for IDs, Tags and Microchip

If you've found a pet with a Baltimore City Pet License tag, you can click here and enter the tag number. Some microchipped pets will have a matching tag with their microchip number. Many microchips can be found at www.petmicrochiplookup.org. However, the best way to see if an animal has a microchip is to bring them to your closest veterinary hospital to be scanned.

 

2) Upload a Photo to Finding Rover

BARCS partners with Finding Rover and highly recommends that all found pets in the Greater Baltimore Area are submitted to this website/app. Finding Rover is a facial recognition app that reunites lost pets with their owners. Photos of animals that are found or admitted to participating shelters are stored in the app’s database. Every time a pet parent posts a photo of a pet they’ve lost, Finding Rover scans its database and provides possible matches and necessary contact information within seconds. A major benefit of Finding Rover is that it searches a database that includes BARCS, other local area shelters, and uploads from private citizens who have found lost animals. Post a Found Animal to Finding Rover

 

 

3) File a Found Pet Report Through BARCS

Report the pet you found to BARCS by filling out our online lost pet form. This form must be returned to BARCS via email at info@barcs.org 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. The best way to identify your pet is to come to the shelter every three days to look. BARCS Found Pet Form

 

4) Additional Steps We Highly Recommend:


 

Ways to prevent losing an animal companion:

 

Click here for a step-by-step guide, along with local resources and listings in the Greater Baltimore Area for lost pets

 


 

Found a Kitten?

Click here for guidelines on best actions when you find a stray kitten or litters of kittens.