Have a lost or found pet?

Have a lost or found pet?

Losing our pets can be one of the most stressful situations imaginable!

First thing is first! We here at the Humane Society highly recommend microchiping your pets and registering your chip. This is a wonderful tool that allows us a chance to get your pet home to you quickly. Sometimes a microchip can be a crucial tool in making sure your pet receives proper care.

This was written by a shelter worker here at the Humane Society of Southern Illinois showing just how important it can be:

Once again a nice reminder that microchips can save lives! Got called out on an injured dog that the police had at the station and they couldn’t get near it because it was being protective of itself. Off I go to the station get the dog and load it into animal controls truck (AC is off duty) and off to the shelter I went. Got there had to get this poor lab out and in the shelter. I scan him and HUZZAH he’s chipped!! I made a call on the chip and low and behold it’s registered and the owner had even already reported this poor boy missing! I quickly got ahold of the owner who came down to get him and take him to the emergency vet. It’s been a looong night but seems like the dog will be ok and I don’t have to worry something is seriously wrong with him all night and can get some sleep!…well at least some. Just goes to show microchiping is essential in an emergency!”

While a microchip is extremely helpful when it comes to reuniting pets with their owners there are steps that pet-parents can do to work on getting their pet back. Here are a few things that can make a big difference:

♦ Contact your local animal control and report your pet missing. Often times they get called out to pick up animals that are running loose. Most times if they have already heard from the owner they call the owner right away. Here are a few of the local numbers that you may need.

Jackson County Animal Control : 618-687-7235

Carbondale City Animal Control: 618-457-3200 ext. 424

Murphysboro City Animal Control: 618-684-3121

Williamson County Animal Control: 618-993-6075

Marion City Animal Control: 618-993-2991

Contact us! We keep a listing of all reported lost animals here at the shelter and compare every animal that comes in the shelter against these lists. We are also the holding facility for several animal control’s in the area so it is possible that your pet is already here.

♦ Utilize social media. Not everyone is online these days but most everyone is! This is a great time to us it to help. Facebook has several different pages dedicated to helping finding lost pets and using swap sights can help as well since some have a vast amount of people who view it daily.

♦ Check with other shelters in the area as well. Though technically the stray and lost animals in our area are supposed to be brought to our facility before it goes elsewhere, sometimes the other shelters in the area take them in. So as a general rule of thumb we recommend checking in with all other shelters as well.

You found a lost pet. Now what?

First of thank you for stopping and helping an animal in need! Here are some steps to help you try and find the owner:

♦Contact your local animal control to see if anyone has recently contacted them regarding losing their pet. Here are some local numbers:

Jackson County Animal Control : 618-687-7235

Carbondale City Animal Control: 618-457-3200 ext. 424

Murphysboro City Animal Control: 618-684-3121

Williamson County Animal Control: 618-993-6075

Marion City Animal Control: 618-993-2991

♦Take the animal to a local shelter or veterinarian office to have it scanned and checked for a microchip. Most facilities will have no issue taking a moment to help out and check for a microchip. If the animal does have a chip the person who scanned the animal will be able to assist you with getting in contact with the company that has the information.

Contact us! We keep reports of lost pets and the owner may have contacted us about their missing pet. We also keep a listing of found pets in case the owner calls us. We will also review the options you have for the animal as far as bringing it to the shelter or holding on to the animal while we try to find the owner.

♦ Utilize social media. This again is a great tool! We strongly recommend keeping one detail regarding the animal personal and not posted online. This will be your identifying detail. We recommend doing this to make sure that the actual owner is claiming the animal and not someone who just saw the picture online and thinks the animal is cute.

Of course at any point that you have questions we are here to help!