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I have found a lost or abandoned pet. How can I find him/her a new home?
All attempts should be made to find the owner if you sense this animal was well cared-for. Call vets and animal shelters in your area to see if owner is looking for this animal. Have vet/shelter scan the pet for implanted microchip that would identify the owner. Check LOST ads/place a FOUND ad (usually free) in your local newspaper. Check the LOST ads posted online. Sources include:

Wake County SPCA
Wake County Animal Shelter
Triangle Lost and Found Pets
Lassie Come Home-NC
Petfinder Classified Ads

Craig's List (lost and found)

Post fliers where the dog was found and give to neighbors, area vets, pet shops. Here are two excellent tools to use:

Create a flyer
Make a flyer

Beware of bunchers A word about people who may see your flyer or call you about your FOUND ad: beware of dishonest people. You may get a call from someone who wants dogs or cats to sell to research labs: they are called bunchers. They won't tell you this, of course. But claiming a stray as their own can be a way to put money in their pockets. Leave something very distinguishable about the pet you found off the FOUND flyer that only the true owner would know.

If the owner is not found within 5 days we hope you will continue to foster the animal you found with love and kindness, giving it food and a safe haven until you find a kind person to love the dog or cat as it deserves to be loved.

  • Have a vet check the animal for its health status
  • Have the animal sterilized to prevent vicious cycle of pet overpopulation
  • Prepare flyers to advertise the animal's availability
  • Post flyers in pet stores, veterinary offices, places of worships, markets, health clubs and other strategic places
  • Aggressively network friends, family, co-workers by email -- include digital photo
  • Give flyers to your children to take to school
  • Triangle-area rescues and one national group where you can post a pet online:

A New Leash on Life (dogs only)
Independent Animal Rescue
Paw Prints Animal Rescue
Snowflake Animal Rescue
Petfinder Classified Ads

While some of the reasons animals are surrendered to shelters are unavoidable, others can be prevented. Best Friends Pet Care Library provides numerous behavior and training tips, health & care tips, and more.

Consider signing up with Best Friends Network to connect with people and groups near you. First, locate your Go Local. To do that, click on your state or city on the map. If you're not already a Fan of your Go Local, click on "Become a Fan." Now click on "Forum" from the right-hand menu. Click "Start a New Topic," fill out the form, and click "Post."

Place an ad on Craigslist or in local newspapers. Include adoption fee to discourage bunchers. NOTE: Please never give an animal away for free or advertise as "Free to a good home." Not only will it discourage despicable bunchers from answering your ad, it will encourage only serious prospective pet owners to call. Post a message on Twitter or Facebook, keeping your pet's biography heartwarming and upbeat, something people wouldn’t find difficult to read. Please never give an animal away for free or advertise as "Free to a good home." Not only will it discourage despicable bunchers from answering your ad, it will encourage only serious prospective pet owners to call.

Cat phone screening guide for prospective adopters
Dog phone screening guide for prospective adopters

At the minimum, ask an adoption fee for the dog or cat to at least recover any expenses you put out to get the animal in a healthy state, sterilized and advertised as available for adoption.

Ask for driver's license numbers, business/personal references, vet references and check ALL of them. If, after a thorough phone screening you like the person, have them meet the dog or cat at your home (if you are single, have a buddy come over at the same time). If all goes well, check out the prospect's home as well to see where the animal will be living.

If you are ready to adopt out the cat or dog, have the adopter sign a Pet Adoption Agreement.

A booklet prepared by Best Friends Animal Sancturay gives you tips on how to prepare good flyers, spread the word, advertise, prepare your pet, and guide you through the screening process of potential adopters. READ MORE

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