Pet Resource Center
If you’ve lost your pet within Douglas County, you are welcome to Report Your Lost Pet here, or give us a call in the Pet Resource Center: 785-371-0473. Doing so will keep your pet on our radar and allow us to call you if we receive anything matching your description.
Additionally be sure to stay tuned to our Stray Intake Facebook Page, where we post, in real-time, the animals that come into our shelter as a stray. If you identify your pet on our Facebook page, please see below how to reclaim your pet
If your missing pet is microchipped, you’ll want to contact the chip company immediately to report them as Missing/Lost. This is also a good time to update your information and add contacts if necessary. If you adopted from Lawrence Humane, your microchip will be registered with 24-Pet Watch.
Microchipping is one of the safer, more reliable ways to identify your pet and greatly increases the likelihood of your pet being returned to you if lost. A microchip only does its job if registered with the most current information. This information you provide is only available to licensed animal welfare facilities.
Research shows that chances of successfully returning a lost pet to its owner are 30% higher if the pet is microchipped.
Unsure of which microchip company? Visit the American Animal Hospital Association website, enter your pet’s unique chip number to find out which company it is registered with.
Don’t know your pet’s unique microchip number? Contact the facility/veterinarian who initially chipped your pet. They should keep that information on file.
If you’d like to get your pet microchipped, we can help with that! Check out our page on Low-Cost Vaccines & Microchip.
Along with contacting the Humane Society and your microchip company regarding your lost pet, it’s also a great idea to talk to folks in your neighborhood. Here is a LOST PET FLYER TEMPLATE to hang up in your surrounding area.
Petco Love Lost is a lost-and-found pet online pet service that uses facial recognition technology to report and/or search for lost cats and dogs nationwide.
It’s also a good idea to check out the area lost and found facebook pages (post here and here) as well as utilizing the Next Door app that helps you connect with your neighbors.
→ DID YOU KNOW: According to ASPCA, nearly HALF of the dogs that go missing are ultimately found within their own neighborhood.
If you have found a stray dog within Lawrence or Douglas County, how you respond within the first few hours can be critical for reunification:
- Check pet for ID: Some pets are wearing a tag, rabies tag, or have a name and contact stitched into their collar
- Alert your neighbors and check local lost and found pet Facebook groups and Next Door app in order to determine if anyone has posted about missing this pet.
- Take a walk, if possible, around the neighborhood to see if anyone recognizes the pet.
- Call our Pet Resource Center at 785-371-0473 to see if a lost pet has been reported.
- Animals found in Lawrence/Douglas County can be brought to the shelter between the hours of 9am and 6pm 7 days a week to be scanned for a microchip.
If the pet was found in Lawrence city limits, and you are unable to transport or safely contain the found pet, please call City of Lawrence Animal Control between the hours of 8am and 3pm, 7 days a week. Animal Control officers can scan for a microchip and transport stray pets to the Lawrence Humane Society. Animal control officers can be reached via non-emergency dispatch at 785-832-7509.
If the pet was found in rural Douglas County, and you are unable to transport or safely contain the found pet, please call the Lawrence Humane Society Animal Services Department between the hours of 9am and 6pm, 7 days a week. Animal Services officers can scan for a microchip and transport stray pets to the Lawrence Humane Society. Our animal service team can be reached at 785-856-0337.
If the animal was found outside of Douglas County, please contact your area shelter to discuss services. It is important that the animal is taken to the shelter in the area it was found in to give them the best opportunity to reunite with their owner.
If you are unsure what county the pet you found was located in, please call the Pet Resource Center at 785-371-0473 and they can assist you with locating the correct shelter to call if you have found a stray pet. The Lawrence Humane Society will not accept strays found outside of Douglas County under any circumstances.
For a complete listing of licensed Animal Shelter facilities in Kansas, view this interactive county map.