Lost and Found Pets

Helping Reunite Families & 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, is a part of the “Return to Owner” Task Force in a collaborative effort to reunite lost Pinellas County pets with their owners.


You Found a Pet

We are glad you found a lost 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, the Humane Society of PInellas encourages all pets to be brought to the centralized location for reunion..

Pinellas County Animal Services is located at 12450 Ulmerton Road, Largo, FL and 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

We kindly ask that healthy stray cats be left alone. Less than 2% of cats brought to shelters find their owners, while they have upwards of a 20% chance of finding their way home by themselves. If you see a roaming cat that is friendly and appears healthy, please do not bring it to the shelter. Chances are it is owned and cared for. If the cat needs medical attention, bring it to the aforementioned clinics. If you feel the cat is unaltered, please see our TNVR Cats page for trap-neuter-vaccinate-return information. 

PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE FOUND OR UNWANTED PETS AT OUR FACILITY WITHOUT ALERTING A STAFF MEMBER – OUR PROPERTY IS LARGE AND WE DO NOT WANT THE PET TO GO UNNOTICED.

You Lost a Pet

We understand not knowing where your furry family member is can be a stressful, scary and overwhelming situation. Visit the Report Lost Pet section to complete a Lost Report.

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 to 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.

Pet Recovery

Below are stray and abandoned animals currently being housed at our shelter. 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 pictured below, please contact our Admissions Department right away at (727) 797-7722 ext. 232.

To reclaim your pet, 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 license. 

Reclaim Fees

  • Altered Pet Reclaim: $60
  • Unaltered Pet Reclaim: $100 (ask us about altering your pet for a reduced fee)
  • $15 per day boarding fee
  • Rabies Vaccine: $10
  • Pinellas County License: $20

Need More Information?

If you have additional questions about what to do if you have lost or found a pet, please contact our Admissions Department at [email protected]

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