If you have found a pet, it is best to assume that the animal is lost rather than abandoned - and make every effort to reunite it with the owner. Follow the tips below to begin this process.
1. Check for a microchip.
Any veterinarian can scan an animal for a microchip. Many pet stores can also scan. If a microchip is found, it may be easier to find and contact the pet's owners.
2. Post a flyer near the location the pet was found.
Return to the area where you found the animal and put up a sign stating you found the animal. An owner may return to this location, and this may help you reach them.
3. Check out local social media groups, website, or apps where a lost pet may be listed.
Owners may turn to community Facebook groups, apps like NextDoor, or resources like PetHarbor to search for lost pets. See if the pet is posted there or make your own post letting them know you are searching for the owner.
*If you find the owner - especially from a social media or website post - ask them to provide a photo of their pet and meet in a public place, like a police station.