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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 into the shelter. We want to prevent them from a stressful shelter stay if at all possible, and most dogs in our area are reclaimed within 24 hours or less!
  • 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.
  • For adult cats, place a breakaway collar on the cat with a note taped to it with your name and phone number requesting that they call you if this is their cat so you know it is being cared for. 
    • WCHS will NOT admit healthy adult stray cats. The city code allows cats to roam freely within city limits, and most roaming cats are owned, but rarely are stray cats reclaimed if brought to shelter. 
    • Monitor any outdoor stray cats for signs of injury or illness and call WCHS or WSU VTH should the cat need medical attention.

When the animal is brought to WCHS, we will first scan it for a microchip. If the animal is in need of care, we will admit them into the shelter. We admit all dogs, and cats that are under 6 months old, injured, ill, declawed, pregnant/nursing, or otherwise in need of human intervention.

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 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.

If you found a pet but cannot catch/transport it

  • Contact your local law enforcement agency. They will send an officer to the location to attempt to impound the animal. If the animal is licensed or microchipped in the city of Pullman, and ACO will attempt to reunite the pet with the owner. If unable to reunite them, the animal will be taken to WCHS if deemed appropriate.

Cats in Whitman County

Cats are allowed to roam freely in Whitman County. Stray, healthy cats above the age of 6 months old will not be taken by animal control to WCHS unless the cat is injured/ill and the owner is unknown. If you call or come into the shelter with a stray adult cat, WCHS Staff will instruct you to place all healthy adult strays back where you found them.

If our Capacity for Care allows, we will admit stray kittens. If we are above our capacity, we may ask you to hold onto them until we are able to admit them. 

 

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