Lost & Found

Lost Pets

Animal Services holds stray animals for a 5-day period in which we are open to the public for at least 3 of those days. 

If you have lost a pet, please go to these links for pets that are currently being housed at our shelter in Chapel Hill, NC:

Do you think your lost pet may be at our shelter? Contact us at 919-942-7387, option 2. Please leave a message if the staff is not able to answer right away, and someone will return your call as soon as possible.

Sometimes, people from our Orange County community find pets and hold them at their homes instead of bringing them into the Animal Services Center. If you believe one of these animals is your lost pet, please contact Animal Services (919-942-7387, option 2) so that we can help get you in touch with the other party.

Found Pets

If you have found a pet, it is a legal requirement to report it within 72 hours so that an owner has the highest likelihood possible to find it. Please have the pet scanned for a microchip. Most veterinary clinics will scan a found pet for a microchip. You may also call our shelter at 919-942-7387, option 2, to schedule a time for a found pet to be scanned. 

See if someone has reported the pet you found:

You may also check our database listings for lost pets in our Orange County community. These must be entered manually. So, listings for lost pets may not appear here as quickly as they appear on other, popular lost/found websites such as the ones listed on this page.

Reporting Lost or Found Pets

Orange County, NC residents: Please file a report HERE for any lost or found pet in our community. We will add this report to our local lost & found listings on our department's website. These must be entered manually, so it may take some time for them to appear on our website. 

Everyone: The more places you list a pet, the better your chances of success! Utilize these popular lost/found websites to file a report and search for pets that might match your lost or found pet: 

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Do you need to speak with someone about a lost or found pet? Contact us at 919-942-7387, option 2. Please leave a message if the staff is not able to answer right away, and someone will return your call as soon as possible.