CMPD Animal Care & Control picks up and receives stray or lost animals
found by members of the community. If an animal comes to the shelter with identification such as a rabies tag, microchip or tattoo, Animal Care & Control officers will make every effort to locate the owner. This may take several days.
If you have lost your pet
, we strongly suggest that you come to the shelter and look through the animals in our kennels. After all, you know your pet best. Animal Care & Control hold animals for three days only, so you need to come to the shelter as soon as possible. There are certain areas of the shelter that are not open to the public, but there is a kiosk in the lobby where you can view all animals housed in restricted areas. Also, it is recommended that you visit the shelter every three days.
The towns of Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville and Matthews have their own Animal Control officers. If you live in one of these towns, you should also check with your local police department.
If you have found a stray animal:
If you wish to hang on to the animal and attempt to find the owner on your own you may do so BUT you MUST call 311 to make a found report. You can still request an officer to check the animal for a microchip at the same time you make your found report. It is recommended that if you can safely take the animal to the nearest Veterinarian they will be able to scan for a microchip faster than an officer can come to your home. The Vet office can also try to retrieve the owner information.
Be sure to place found fliers in your neighborhood and the area where the animal was found. Have your information on the flyer so the owners know to contact you.
If you have had no luck in finding the owner after 14 days you can either call 311 for an officer to pick up the animal (or bring it directly to the shelter) or you can keep or re-home the animal according to the city/county ordinance laws.
If you cannot hang on to the animal in an attempt to locate the owner on your own, call 311 for an officer to come pick it up. Officers will check the animal to see if they have a microchip before bringing it into the shelter. If there is a chip and the officer is able to retrieve the owner information they will take the animal home right away. If not, they will bring it to the shelter.
Come to the AC&C shelter to check the lost animal reports.
Anyone that finds a stray animal should check local newspapers in the classified ads section, local bulletin boards, AC&C’s lost/found pets section on the website, AC&C’s facebook page (facebook.com/animalscmpd) in the lost picture album, craigs list, and national lost/found pet websites to see if anyone has posted their pets in the lost sections.
If you have lost your pet:
- If the pet is microchipped contact the microchip company and let them know that your pet is lost. They will alert veterinarian offices as well as Animal Control agencies near your home.
Come to the AC&C shelter to check the found animal reports.
Owner’s that have lost their pets should check local newspapers in the classified ads section, local bulletin boards, AC&C’s lost/found pets section on the website, AC&C’s facebook page (facebook.com/animalscmpd) in the found picture album, craigs list, and national lost/found pet websites to see if anyone has posted their pets in the found sections.