What To Do When You Find A Stray Animal
You have a few options when you find a stray pet:
Leaving A Found Pet At The Buncombe County Animal Shelter
When you arrive with the animal at the Buncombe County Animal Shelter, please enter through the front of the building (see photo) and one of the professional Admitting Coordinators will assist you. They’ll ask you some questions about where and when the animal was found and explain the admitting process and how you can further assist the lost pet find its home. If the animal appears sick, injured, or aggressive please call ahead, or come into the facility without the animal first so the staff can assist your individual situation in the best possible way. Also, if you do not have a leash, or carrier the Shelter can provide one to you to help ensure the animal stays safe and does not get away.
Caring For The Found Pet In Your Home
If you'd prefer to care for the found pet yourself while you search for the owner, immediately contact the Buncombe County Animal Shelter at (828) 250-6430 and leave a "found report" with a detailed description of when and where the animal was found, as well as a detailed description of the animal. Since many animals are microchipped and determining the approximate age and breed of the animal may be difficult you will need to either bring the animal into the Buncombe County Animal Shelter, or a Veterinary Clinic to have the animal scanned for a microchip and appropriately identified. Also, in order to ensure that Shelter staff and the owner can properly match your found animal report to a lost animal report, you must provide clear color photos of the animal, to include the face and body. The Shelter staff can assist you with this by taking these photos for you if you bring the animal into the Shelter. You should be cautious when caring for a found animal in your home as you are unfamiliar with the animals health and temperament status. It is wise to keep your pets and children away from the found animal for the safety of all involved and to help reduce the extreme stress and fear many lost pets will experience during this time.
If the Buncombe County Animal Shelter is closed and you find a pet that you are not able to care for until the morning, please call Animal Services in your area and they may be able to provide assistance. In the City of Asheville that number is (828) 252-1110, in Buncombe County it is (828) 250-6670.
If you are unable to immediately locate the owner of a found pet...ACT FAST!
Please review these additional tips for what you should do when you find a lost pet: