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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.

  1. First and most importantly, microchipping your pet can greatly increase its chances of being returned to you. Be sure to microchip your animal and make sure you follow the proper procedures necessary. 

  2. Put up signs and flyers. This is a good way for people to be on the lookout and recognize your pet, should it wander past them.

  3. Post on Nextdoor; Lost and Found Pets in Corpus Christi (and other Facebook groups for lost pets; Petco Love Lost; and Pawboost

  4. Bring a copy of your sign or flyer to Gulf Coast Humane Society, your local animal control (city or county shelter), and any other rescues or shelters in your area. is a good resource for creating and automatically fax lost pet flyers to all shelters and vets in your 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 Dog

Here's how you can help:

  1. Check for tags; knock on doors of neighbors. Note that most lost dogs are found within 1,000 feet of their home.

  2. Take an unaltered photo of the dog. Do not assume its breed.

  3. Call 311 and make a lost pet report.

  4. Include all information on where the dog was found, including the road and nearby crossroads.

  5. Post on Nextdoor; Lost and Found Pets in Corpus Christi (and other Facebook groups for lost pets; Petco Love Lost; and Pawboost

  6. Take to vet and scan for a microchip. If the pet is microchipped, call the microchip company to obtain the owners information. If the information is missing or incorrect, visit to receive free assistance in tracking down owners with out of date microchip information.

  7. Hang large and brightly colored posters in the area you found the pet.

  8. Try to foster the dog as long as possible - shelters in the area operate at extremely high capacities. Fostering allows time to potentially find the owners, as well as gives you time to rehome the dog instead of using a kennel in a shelter. We recommend searching for owners for 5-7 days before attempting to rehome.

  9. If you cannot foster the dog, please reach out to local rescues and shelters as soon as possible. Your local animal control (city or county shelter) should be your first attempt, as this is where most individuals search for their lost pets first. Gulf Coast Humane Society pulls from these city and county shelters on a regular basis so that they may avoid euthanizing for space. 

  10. If you have any questions about how to help a lost dog in your area, please call us at (361) 225-0845

If the dog exhibits threatening behavior, immediately call 311. If the dog is injured, please take the dog to the vet. If the dog is injured and won't let you near him, please immediately call 311.

If You've Found a Lost Cat

If you've found a cat that appears to be healthy, leave him alone. Many community cats are being 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. The vet will scan for a microchip at that time.

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 1-2 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.

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