Help, I found a stray!

Thank you for caring for our community critters! Don't stress, we've got you covered. Let's team up and reunite them with their family.

I found a:

I found a sick or injured pet.

If you are able to transport the animal, you can bring them to Buncombe County Animal Shelter. If the shelter is closed or you are unable to transport them, contact Animal Services for assistance.

Asheville Animal Services: (828) 252-1110

Buncombe County Animal Services: (828) 250-6670

I found a healthy, friendly dog or cat.

Check for tags or a microchip

Check for a collar or ID tag with their information on it. You can also get a free microchip scan at a location near you. A cat that looks healthy, content, and well-fed is rarely lost and can be left alone.

Help them find their family

Animals are far more likely to be reunited with their owners outside of the shelter. Following our tips to get the word out about a found pet can prevent them from ever having to step foot in the shelter.

Call the shelter

Call the Buncombe County Animal Shelter at 828-250-6430 to see if this animal has been reported missing. Sometimes their family is already looking for them and we can help you get them home as quick as possible!

I found a kitten or litter.

Don’t panic! It’s rare for cats to abandon their kittens. Mother cats are working moms who need to hunt for food regularly to provide for their babies. Before touching the kittens, read our found kitten guide to learn when you should intervene.

I found a healthy domestic animal.

Please call the Buncombe County Animal Shelter at 828-250-6430 before moving or transporting the animal if it is in a safe location. If the animal is not in a safe location, please contact Animal Services for assistance. You can reach Asheville Animal Services at (828) 252-1110, or Buncombe County Animal Services at (828) 250-6670.

I found wildlife.

Generally, if you find a wild animal, the best thing to do is leave it alone or call a wildlife rehabilitation center. A rehabilitator can help you determine if a wild animal needs humane intervention and will give you information on what to do next.

Microchip Locations

Find a microchip scanner location near you and take the found pet for a free scan – it’s their best chance to get home quickly!

Help them reunite

If you are able to keep the lost pet in your home, here are some tips on how you can help them get back to the people they love. Spreading the word can significantly increase the chances of a lost pet getting home safely. 

Please fill out our found pet report below if you decide to care for the animal in your home.

Please note that a third-party reunification service may share your information, and we are not responsible for the release of any information that you have entered.  

Did you find a missing pet?

Check to see if the animal you found has been reported missing:

Report a found animal