Lost and Found Pets

As Pinellas County’s largest No-Kill animal shelter, the Humane Society of Pinellas is not only dedicated to finding pets new homes, but reuniting lost pets with their families. Our shelter, in conjunction with Pinellas County Animal Services and the SPCA of Tampa Bay, is a part of the "Return to Owner" Task Force in a collaborative effort to reunite lost Pinellas County pets with their owners.

Lost a pet?

We understand not knowing where your furry family member is can be a stressful, scary and overwhelming situation. The following steps can help you be reunited with your beloved pet:

  • Contact Pinellas County Animal Services at 727-582-2600, or your county’s animal services center, to see if they have recovered your pet. Pinellas County shelters encourage all lost pets go to Pinellas County Animal Services, so this will be the best place to search for your missing loved one. 
  • Contact your pet’s microchip company to inform them your pet is missing. Always ensure your pet’s microchip has your current address and phone number.
  • Contact your veterinarian to inform them your pet is missing. Veterinary clinics and shelters commonly get found pets brought in.
  • Create and distribute lost pet signs in your neighborhood so you can be contacted if a good Samaritan finds your pet. Always include a photo so your pet can be identified.

Found a pet?

In order to have a centralized location for lost pets, the Pinellas County Return to Owner Task Force dictates all stray animals go to Pinellas County Animal Services to have the best chance at being reunited with their families. As a part of the task force, we encourage all pets be in a centralized location for reunion. Pinellas County Animal Services can be reached at 727-582-2600.

If Animal Services is closed, stray pets can be brought to one of their after hours locations:

Tampa Bay Emergency Vet, 1501 S. Belcher Road, Largo, FL - 727-531-5752

Animal Emergency Clinic, 3165 22nd Avenue N., St. Petersburg, FL - 727-323-1311


For questions regarding our stray policy, please contact our Admissions Department at 727-797-7722 ext. 232 or at Admissions@HumanePinellas.org. Since we are a managed admission facility and intakes are dependent on available space, we cannot always accept stray animals. 

Please do not leave found or unwanted pets at our facility without alerting a staff member – our facility is large and we do not want the pet to go unnoticed.

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These animals must be held for the Pinellas County minimum "stray hold" period, which is between 1-7 days, after which they will be placed for adoption. While we have to hold them before adoption, they can be reclaimed at any time. If you have lost your pet and see it listed here, please contact our Admissions Department right away at (727) 797-7722 ext. 232.

You must provide proof of ownership, including medical records, adoption or purchase paperwork, and/or photos of your pet. You must also provide proof the pet is currently vaccinated against rabies. If you cannot provide this evidence, we are required by law to update the pet's rabies vaccine at your expense and charge you for a Pinellas County pet licenseOur return to owner fee is $50, plus an additional $15/day boarding fee, which covers the cost of vaccines (except rabies) and flea/tick prevention we administer on intake, as well as food and supplies. 

For more information, please contact our Admissions Department at Admissions@HumanePinellas.org or by calling (727) 797-7722 ext. 232.