Found A Pet

It is not always easy to know if a wandering dog is a work dog patrolling the neighborhood or lost. In Wayne County, we have many dogs who are working dogs and may not be lost at all. Similarly, we have many community cats who live happily and healthily outdoors. Please consider this before picking an animal up. We also encourage you to be aware of your own safety when dealing with an unknown animal.

If you have found an animal with no visible identification, give us a call at 435-425-2050. Please do not bring the animal to the animal care facility unless you are invited to do so; this is for the safety of the animals and staff onsite. We have a microchip reader and can check for an owner once we meet the animal. If you’re unable to keep the animal yourself until an owner is found and we have space available, we may keep the animal for a week as we attempt to find the owner. If no owner is found after a week, the animal will be placed for adoption once they are fixed and vaccinated.

Here are some things you may be able to do if you find a lost pet:

  • Check to see if the animal has an ID tag.  If it does, attempt to call the number on the ID tag.
  • If the animal seems hungry or thirsty, offer a small amount of food and water.
  • Bring the animal to CCAW or Fremont River Veterinary Clinic to have it scanned for a microchip.
  • If you’re able to care for the animal, post flyers in the area and let your neighbors know you’ve found a lost animal.
  • Ask CCAW to post pictures of the animal on Facebook.

Some things to consider when searching for the animal’s family:

  • If a person calls to claim the animal, always verify the person’s identity.  
  • If nobody claims the animal within a reasonable amount of time, you may decide to keep it. If you do, make sure you have him or her checked by a veterinarian and spayed/neutered.
  • If you are unable to keep the animal, CCAW may consider fostering it and placing it for adoption if no owner is found.

Please know that CCAW does not accept aggressive animals.