We accept only injured or sick strays. The attending veterinarian will make the decision on the admission and subsequent treatment of the animal. We are unable to accept healthy strays or abandoned litters of puppies or kittens due to staffing and space limitations. We recommend contacting a local rescue organization, humane society, or animal control (see our links page) for assistance with healthy strays.
If you find a stray cat or dog, you may bring the pet to us for a microchip check. If a chip is found, every effort will be made to contact the owner. However, we cannot accept healthy strays at our hospital.
We recommend that you take the pet to the animal shelter in the county where it was found as soon as possible. The shelter is a centralized location that most people will immediately check when they have lost a pet.
If you choose to house the animal in your home, you still have obligations under the law. This is a set process that has two steps:
- You must, within 24 hours from the time such animal came into your possession, notify an animal control officer or the shelter of the found pet. See the attached list for phone numbers and online links to file a found pet report in nearby counties.
- You must also advertise the stray animal in the local newspaper for 3 consecutive days. Newspapers offer free found ads.
- If you elect to advertise the animal in the local newspaper and the prior owner does not respond by the tenth day from the last day of publication of the notice, then you shall be deemed the legal owner.
It is also recommended to make Facebook and other social media posts in an effort to locate the owner. Some common lost and found sites include: Lost & Found Pets – North Carolina
(or your county) on Facebook, PawBoost
, and Craigslist