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As of, Feb­ru­ary 1, 2013, if you have lost your pet or found a stray, you will need to check our lost and found list­ing on this page. You will also need to sub­mit any infor­ma­tion that you have regard­ing your lost pet or the stray cur­rently in your care on the Report a Lost or Found Pet por­tion of this page. Please be aware that any per­sonal infor­ma­tion you sup­ply will be posted on the web­site. The HLLC will no longer accept lost and found reports at our shel­ter. You will also need to con­tact your local munic­i­pal­i­ties to report lost or found dogs. Click for a list of Munic­i­pal­ity Con­tact Infor­ma­tion (PDF).

*You will need to re-submit your lost and found reports on-line only. All pre­vi­ous reports on-line and at our shel­ter will be taken down as of Feb­ru­ary 1. Please re-submit your lost or found report to under Report a Lost or Found Pet.

Did you lose your pet?

  1. Con­tact your local munic­i­pal­ity.
  2. View the list of Lost and Found pets on this page.
  3. Cre­ate a miss­ing pet flyer and post it around your neigh­bor­hood
    Click here
    for an exam­ple of a lost cat flyer
    Click here
    for an exam­ple of a lost dog flyer
  4. Con­tact other local shel­ters or ani­mal wel­fare orga­ni­za­tions: If your pet is picked up by a PA State Dog War­den, he/she may be taken to a shel­ter in a neigh­bor­ing county.
    No mat­ter where you live, we rec­om­mend sub­mit­ting a lost report with:
    Chester County SPCA: (610) 692-6113
    Ani­mal Res­cue League of Berks County: (610) 373-8830
    Humane Soci­ety of Lebanon County: (717) 628-1369
  5. Sub­mit a lost report under the Report a Lost or Found Pet por­tion of this page.
  6. Net­work for your ani­mal. Use your Face­book and Twit­ter pages to let your friends know that your pet is miss­ing. Ask your friends to share your miss­ing pet’s pic­ture and descrip­tion on their pages.
  7. Check out the ASPCA’s rec­om­men­da­tions for find­ing a lost pet.

Did you find a stray animal?

If You Found a Stray Dog 

The Humane League of Lan­caster County (HLLC) does not directly admit stray dogs into its cen­ter for the fol­low­ing reasons:

  1. Guardians who have lost their pets need a cen­tral loca­tion to find them, and that is their local munic­i­pal agency.
  2. Under state law, stray dogs must be held for a manda­tory stray period in order to pro­vide guardians ade­quate time to locate their lost pets. As a no-kill humane orga­ni­za­tion the Humane League of Lan­caster County must fully uti­lize all avail­able shel­ter space to save as many lives as pos­si­ble. This is best achieved by allow­ing munic­i­pal­i­ties to per­form the func­tion of impound­ing stray dogs as is required of them by law.

If you find a stray dog, you have the fol­low­ing options:

  1. Take the dog to the local munic­i­pal­ity or police depart­ment where you found him/her. The major­ity of pet own­ers will first con­tact their munic­i­pal­ity when look­ing for a lost pet.
  2. Care for the pet at your home while you look for the owner your­self. If you take this route, be cer­tain to:
    1. Call the munic­i­pal­i­ties in the area around where you found the pet. Let them know the descrip­tion of the dog, the date and loca­tion where he/she was found and if s/he was wear­ing a col­lar or has any unusual mark­ings that might make it eas­ier for the dog to be reunited with the owner.
    2. Have the dog scanned for a reg­is­tered microchip either by your munic­i­pal­ity, the HLLC or your local vet­eri­nar­ian. If the pet is chipped, con­tact the microchip com­pany and pro­vide the chip num­ber so the com­pany can trace the chip back to the pet’s guardian.
    3. Post fly­ers in the neigh­bor­hood and in very pub­lic places. Place an ad in the paper and check other posted ads for lost pets who might match the description.
    4. Post the dog’s infor­ma­tion on the Report a Lost or Found sec­tion on this page.
  3. If you choose the sec­ond option, and the dog is not reclaimed by a guardian dur­ing the req­ui­site 48 hour hold­ing period, and you decide not to keep the dog, then you may con­tact the HLLC to assess whether we can admit the pet into our care for even­tual adop­tion placement.

Munic­i­pal­ity Con­tact Infor­ma­tion  (PDF)

If You Found a Stray Cat

The com­mu­nity role of char­i­ta­ble humane orga­ni­za­tions, such as the Humane League of Lan­caster County, is to pro­vide resources to save the lives of healthy, treat­able ani­mals, to treat ani­mals with more com­pas­sion and under­stand­ing, and to help peo­ple become respon­si­ble pet own­ers. As a pri­vate, no-kill shel­ter, the HLLC accepts pets on a space-available basis.

Cur­rently, State Law in PA requires that munic­i­pal­i­ties be respon­si­ble for stray dogs, how­ever there is no law address­ing respon­si­bil­ity for stray cats. There­fore, HLLC will accept stray cats from find­ers on a space avail­able basis.

If you find a stray cat, you have the fol­low­ing options:

  1. Con­tact the local munic­i­pal­ity or police depart­ment where you found him/her. The major­ity of pet own­ers will first con­tact their munic­i­pal­ity when look­ing for a lost pet.
  2. Care for the cat at your home while you look for the owner your­self. If you take this route, be cer­tain to:
    1. Call the munic­i­pal­i­ties in the area around where you found the pet. Let them know the descrip­tion of the cat, the date and loca­tion where he/she was found and if s/he was wear­ing a col­lar or has any unusual mark­ings that might make it eas­ier for the cat to be reunited with the owner.
    2. Have the cat scanned for a reg­is­tered microchip either by your munic­i­pal­ity, the HLLC or your local vet­eri­nar­ian. If the pet is chipped, con­tact the microchip com­pany and pro­vide the chip num­ber so the com­pany can trace the chip back to the pet’s guardian.
    3. Post fly­ers in the neigh­bor­hood and in very pub­lic places, includ­ing your per­sonal social media pages. Place an ad in the paper and check other posted ads for lost pets who might match the description.
    4. Post the cat’s infor­ma­tion on the Report a Lost or Found Pet por­tion of the page.
  3. If you choose the sec­ond option, and the cat is not reclaimed by a guardian and you decide not to keep the cat, then you may con­tact the HLLC to assess whether we can admit the pet into our care for even­tual adop­tion placement.
  4. You can make an appoint­ment to have the cat spayed or neutered and vac­ci­nated through our Spay/Neuter clinic. The fees are $15 per cat for the surgery, and there is no fee for Lan­caster City and Lan­caster Town­ship cats thanks to a grant from Pets­Mart Char­i­ties. Call (717) 393-6551 ext 302 or email spayneuter@humaneleague.com

Munic­i­pal­ity Con­tact Infor­ma­tion (PDF)
Thank you so much for help­ing an ani­mal in need. Please con­sider being an advo­cate for our community’s cats, and ask your county, state and local rep­re­sen­ta­tives to pro­vide Ani­mal Con­trol Ser­vices for lost and stray cats.

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