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Shelter Services

I found a Stray Pet

If you found a pet and need to bring it to WCHS

  • Contact your local police department or sheriff’s office to file a report or see if anyone has reported the pet missing.
  • Contact WCHS at 509-332-3422 to file a Found Report. We will compare this report with our lost reports. Sometimes we can connect you with the owner without having to bring the animal in to the shelter.
  • Make flyers in eye-catching colors with a photo and description of the found pet. Post these flyers in your neighborhood, the shelter, vet clinics, grocery and feed stores.  Even if the animal is in the shelter, these efforts will help the animal return home.
  • Post on various Facebook groups. There are many Facebook groups that are dedicated to reuniting lost pets with their owners such as: “Lost and found pets of Moscow, Pullman, and surrounding areas”, “Finding bolivar’s lost buddies from whitman county and surrounding areas”, “Pullman Pets & Animals”. “Zeus’s friends, lost and found pet network” is another great group that serves the area closer to Lewiston/Clarkston.

When the animal is brought to WCHS, we will first scan it for a microchip. We then post to various Facebook groups and to our website to search for the owners.

The animal will be held for 3 days (if there is no form of identification) and up to 6 days (if there is a form of identification, i.e. microchip or tags). If the owner has not been identified in that period, the animal will be evaluated for adoptability.

If you found a pet but cannot catch it

  • Contact your local law enforcement agency. They will send an officer to the location to attempt to impound the animal. The animal will be taken to WCHS.

If you found a pet and would like to attempt to find it’s owners on your own

  • Contact your local police department or sheriff’s office to file a report.
  • Contact WCHS at 509-332-3422 to file a Found Report. We will compare this report with our lost reports.
  • Bring the animal into a vet clinic or the shelter to scan the animal for a microchip.
  • Make flyers in eye-catching colors with a photo and description of the found pet. Post these flyers in your neighborhood, the shelter, vet clinics, grocery and feed stores.
  • Post on various Facebook groups. There are many Facebook groups that are dedicated to reuniting lost pets with their owners such as: “Lost and found pets of Moscow, Pullman, and surrounding areas”, “Finding bolivar’s lost buddies from whitman county and surrounding areas”, “Pullman Pets & Animals”. “Zeus’s friends, lost and found pet network” is another great group that serves the area closer to Lewiston/Clarkston.
  • You must actively search for the original owner for 30 days. If the owner is not found within 30 days, you may keep the animal and claim it as your own.

Cats in Whitman County

Cats are allowed to roam freely in Whitman County. Stray, healthy cats will not be taken by animal control to WCHS unless the cat is injured and the owner is unknown.


It is a gross misdemeanor to abandon an animal in the state of Washington.