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Help an Animal That I Have Found

What to do if you have found a lost animal

If you find an animal and it is wearing a Metro License tag or a Rabies tag, you can do one of the following;

Call Metro Animal Services (MAS) with the license or rabies tag number and we can search our database. You may also call the veterinarian who issued the rabies tag to get the owner’s information.

If the animal has a microchip tag you can call MAS or the company on the tag and they can get in touch with the owner. In the case that the animal does not wear a tag you can take the animal to MAS or most vet clinics to have it scanned for a microchip. If the scanner reads a chip, it will give you a number and you can call the company that manufactured the chip to get in touch with the owner.

If you have found a dog, walking it around the neighborhood can be a good way to locate its owner.

If these efforts don’t work -

It is best if you can bring the animal to MAS to give the owner a chance to claim their pet. You can always place your name on the animal in case it doesn’t get claimed and you want to adopt it, foster it, help find it a home or another group to help place it.

If you don’t bring the animal to the shelter, you should provide a color picture, the date and location where the animal was found. MAS will place this information in a binder for people to look through when they come to the shelter to find their animals.

It is also helpful to post this information at any veterinarian offices, groomers or business with high foot traffic. Letting your postal and newspaper carrier and neighbors know that you have found an animal is also very helpful.

And last but not least, whether you bring the animal to MAS or keep it with you, one of the most important things you can do is to place a free “found ad” in the Courier Journal.

After coming to MAS, the Courier Journal classifieds is the second place people look when they lose or find an animal. All you need to do is call 582-2622 or 1-800-765-4011. You can also contact the newspaper via email at

(Helpful Hint) It is best to leave out one distinctive feature that only the real owner would know and to place the ad as soon as possible.

Hours to place an ad are –

Monday through Friday, noon - 6:00 p.m.; Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Closed Sundays and Holidays.

Sample of a "Found" ad:

Dog, Lab. mix found on 7/9 on Zorn Ave. Wearing black and blue collar with red tags and has a blue leash. Turned-in to Metro Animal Services. Call 361-1318.