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LOST & FOUND

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.

We do not accept walk-ins, including for strays brought to us to check for a microchip. All intake is done by appointment only. When a stray animal arrives for an intake appointment, we post the animal on social media and hold it for three business days in order for an owner to come forward. 

 
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 links below for strays and lost pets currently in our care. 

LOOKING FOR YOUR PET? 

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. If your pet is microchipped, be sure all information is up to date by visiting the microchip company's website.

  2. Put up signs and flyers where your pet was lost and 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.

  3. Post on Nextdoor; Petco Love Lost; and Pawboost. These are the top websites where lost and found pets are posted. There are also several local lost pet Facebook Groups.

  4. Call local pet rescues and animal shelters in the area. Follow Gulf Coast Humane Society on Facebook and Instagram to see pictures of strays that come into our facility.

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If You Found a Dog

  1. If you've found a dog that appears to be sick or injured, take the dog to the vet or call your local animal care services. 

  2. If you have found a dog that appears owned and lost, please take it to any local vet office, animal care services, or Gulf Coast Humane Society to have it scanned for a microchip.

  3. If the dog is microchipped or has an ID tag, Gulf Coast Humane Society will contact all phone number and emails connected the the animal. However, we will not be able to immediately take the dog into the shelter.

  4. Post on Nextdoor; Petco Love Lost; and Pawboost. These are the top websites where lost and found pets are posted. There are also several local lost pet Facebook Groups.

  5. If the dog does not have a microchip or tags, and no owner is located after a reasonable amount of time (3-7 days), this may be a stray dog. Please attempt to rehome the dog to avoid overcrowding in shelters. Click the links below to find out more about rehoming or to submit a stray intake request.

If You've Found a 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.

  1. 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. 

  2. If you have found a cat that appears owned and lost (well-groomed, declawed, and/or fixed but not ear-tipped are some signs of an owned cat), please take it to any local vet office, animal care services, or Gulf Coast Humane Society to have the cat scanned for a microchip.

  3. If the cat is not friendly towards people or has an ear-tip, this means it is a community cat and lives outdoors. Please leave the cat where you found it, or move to a safer location nearby if needed.

  4. If the cat is microchipped or has an ID tag, Gulf Coast Humane Society will contact all phone numbers and emails connected to the animal. However, we will not be able to immediately take the cat into the shelter.

  5. Post on Nextdoor; Petco Love Lost; and Pawboost. These are the top websites where lost and found pets are posted. There are also several local lost pet Facebook Groups.

  6. If the cat does not have a microchip or tags, and no owner is located after a reasonable amount of time (3-7 days), this may be a community cat. Please attempt to T-N-R (Trap - Neuter - Return) the cat by having it spayed or neutered and returning it to the location where it was found. Please do not T-N-R declawed cats!

  7. If the situation calls for the cat to be rehomed or enter a shelter, please use the links below for further information.

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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. 

  • GCHS may not be able to take the kittens immediately. We recommend calling GCHS as well as other local rescues and shelters to see if they have the capacity to care for kittens before you pick them up. 

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