Lost or Found Pets

What to do if you have lost or found a pet in the Richmond, Virginia area.

Contact Your Local Animal Control
All local humane societies and animal welfare groups are required by law to report stray animals that have been found by their organization to the municipal animal control agency where the animal was found. Please call and visit the facilities that are near to your home. See our list of local animal control agencies

Post Flyers
Post flyers in your neighborhood within a 3-mile radius of where your pet was lost, at the shelters and veterinarian clinics. Include a picture of your pet and any distinctive markings. If you don't have a good picture of your pet, consider using a line drawing from a breed book. Area pet shops, pet groomers, schools, drug stores and grocery store bulletin boards are also good locations to place your flyers. Offer a reward if possible.

Place or Check Classified Ads
Take out a classified ad in the local newspaper. Check the newspaper found ads everyday

Walk the Neighborhood
Walk the neighborhood, talk to everybody you run across, and leave your phone number.

Check If Your Pet Has Been Injured on the Road
Call the city, county, and state road crews, DOT, and Animal Control daily to see if they have found your dog

Don't Give Up Hope!
Go to the animal shelters frequently. Keep checking back with places you have checked before.


If you found a kitten
What to Do (and NOT Do) if you find a newborn kitten.

"I found a stray animal, can you take it?"

Unfortunately the answer is maybe. We are constantly at our limit of shelter space and foster homes, so we have to turn some animals away. If you have found a stray animal or need to find a new home for your pet, please try these steps before contacting us.

Try to find the animal's owner
Many lost animals are not far from home. Check out your neighborhood and neighbors for lost animals before removing it from the area, and follow our tips for more

If the animal is injured
take it to the nearest animal hospital or veterinary clinic. Many will take in sick or injured animals for later placement with rescue groups like RAL. We do not have in house emergency care facilities to properly treat injured animals. Find a vet more

Consider fostering the animal
If you have a big heart and room in your home, consider keeping the animal temporarily while we help you find a new home for it. Foster homes really extend the number of animals we are able to help each year. If you qualify for our foster program, we may be able to help with food and medical care. We can also list your animal on our site, and on Petfinder. more

See if we have space available
If all else fails, you can contact us to see if we have room at our shelter. All animal intakes must be approved by our Kennel Manager, Pam Bridgmon. Please have as much information available as you can, including the location, condition, approximate age, temperment and possible breed of the animal. We will do our best to help you.

If we can't help
If we can't take the animal in, we'll direct you to more possible resources, including our list of other more