LOST & FOUND
If You’ve Lost Your Pet
In one moment, a small hole in the fence, a gate left open, or even a thief can cause a family to lose their beloved pet. Here are a couple of ways to hopefully recover your four-legged loved one.
If your pet is microchipped, be sure all information is up to date by visiting the microchips company's website.
Put up signs and flyers in well populated areas as well as Gulf Coast Humane Society and your local animal care services. This is a good way for people to be on the lookout and recognize your pet, should it wander past them.
Call local pet rescues and animal shelters in the area.
When a stray or lost animal is brought to Gulf Coast Humane Society, we check for a microchip and ID tag. If the animal has identification, we contact all phone numbers and emails connected to the account.
If there is no microchip or ID tag, we will hold the animal for 3 days to give the owner a chance to reclaim their pet. If the animal is not claimed after the holding period, it will be spayed/neutered, vaccinated, treated for any known ailments, and put up for adoption, giving it a chance to find a loving family.
If you believe we have your lost pet, we require proof of ownership such as current photos or vet records that will positively identify and reunite you with your lost pet. See the list below for strays and lost pets currently in our care.
Losing a pet can be scary for both pet and owner. It is important to microchip your pet and keep the information current. To learn more about microchipping your pet, please call us (361) 225-0845 or click here to learn about our low-cost and free clinic services.
If You've Found a Lost Cat
Many community cats are taken care of by multiple individuals. If it is a neighbor's cat, the cat will return home. Continue to watch over the cat for any signs of injury or illness.
If you've found a cat that appears to be sick or injured, take the cat to the vet or call your local animal care services. If the cat appears owned and lost, please fill out an intake form to bring them into the shelter.
If You've Found Kittens
If you find young kittens without their mom, it does not necessarily mean they have been abandoned. Their mother could be out looking for food, or finding a more suitable home for her kittens. If you find one or two kittens, mama may be in the process of moving the family and is on her way back for the others. If the kittens appear healthy, please wait and observe from a distance for an hour or two before doing anything else.
If, after 6-8 hours of observation, you haven’t seen signs of the mother, you will ultimately have to use your own judgment to decide how to handle the kittens, depending upon the litter’s needs and your time and resources.
Keep the following in mind when deciding what to do next:
Kittens have the best chance of survival with their mother.
If you bring the cats inside, you should keep them separate from your animals until evaluated by a veterinarian.
For proper social development, kittens should be kept with their litter (and mother, if possible) until at least 8 weeks of age.