• Please visit our admissions & rehoming page for information about bringing stray or found pets to the shelter. 
  • To report a lost or found pet, email us at animalservices@burlingtonnc.gov or leave a message at 336-578-0343 for assistance. For  after hours and emergency situations, call 911.
  • View all the pets at animal services here. Check our website frequently; every pet received is listed and it updates hourly.

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Post your lost pet on PawBoost for free. PawBoost is like an AMBER Alert for lost & found pets. Over 3 million pet lovers have signed up for their local lost & found pet alerts. 1,300+ pets are added to PawBoost's lost & found pets database every day.

PawBoost Facebook Pages for our area: Alamance County, NC – Lost Dogs, Cats & Pets & North Carolina – Lost Dogs, Cats & Pets


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  • The majority of pets are within 1 mile of where they were lost! Search the neighborhood, talk to neighbors and/or post on Next Door
  • View all the pets at animal services here. Check our website frequently; every pet received is listed and it updates hourly.
  • Utilize social media Posting information about your lost pet on sites such as Next Door, Finding Rover, Facebook, Instagram. There are several local and regional Facebook pages dedicated to lost/found pets:  Lost & Found Dogs - North Carolina and Lost and Found Pets of Alamance County and Surrounding Areas are two great pages to start.
  • Post fliers in your community. Make a flier with a picture and full description of your pet, when and where it was last seen, and your contact information. Post fliers in your neighborhood, or where your  pet went missing, as well as pet stores, veterinary offices,  supermarkets, bulletin boards, gas and convenience stores, schools, etc. Utilize the free lost pet flyer distribution service at Pet Harbor 
  • Register your pet on the new cutting edge pet facial recognition app, Finding Rover (see above for more information).
  • Register your pet on PawBoost 

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Multiple forms of ID greatly increase the likelihood that you will be reunited with your lost pet.

Burlington Animal Services takes in thousands of lost or stray animals each year. In accordance with state law, lost or stray animals are held for a minimum of 72 hours. Each animal received is checked for a microchip or other form of identification.  Unfortunately, most animals have no identification tags or microchip, making it nearly impossible to find the owner. 

If you own a cat or dog, please be sure your pet always wears a collar with a current ID tag, rabies tag and has a microchip. It is also a requirement under state law for dogs, cats and ferrets 4 months of age and older to be currently vaccinated against rabies and wear a valid rabies tag. 

It is important that all pets have both permanent and visible forms of ID. Lost pets often lose their collar and ID tag (or in cases of stolen pets a collar can be removed) and can only be identified by their microchip

  Identification tags should include up to date contact information (address and phone number of owner) and can be purchased at many pet supply stores, veterinary offices and online vendors. If you have a hard time keeping a collar on your pet (or if the pet is stolen and the collar is removed), you will want to have another method of identification such as a permanent microchip

MICROCHIPS: Microchips are about the size of a grain of rice and are implanted just beneath the surface of the skin between the shoulder blades. The process is similar to receiving vaccination through a needle and most animals don’t even react when the microchip is implanted. Microchips are the only truly permanent form of identification and lasts for the lifetime of your pet. If your pet has a microchip it is imperative to keep your contact information up to date with the microchip registry, so you can be contacted in the event your pet becomes lost and is found. Microchips are available year-round through your veterinarian.

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Finding Rover
Burlington Animal Services announces a new partnership with the social media based mobile application, Finding Rover. Finding Rover is a free service that uses cutting-edge facial recognition technology to help reunite lost dogs with their owners and enables people to see found animals in the care of Burlington Animal Services. Now, every stray dog that enters BAS becomes registered on Finding Rover. Users of Finding Rover can search the shelter right from their 
smartphone or computer for their missing dog, a neighbor’s missing dog, or search for adoptable dogs.

It's simple to use! Download the free app for Android or iOS, or through the web at 
www.FindingRover.com. Registration can be done through Facebook or email. If you own a dog, snap his/her picture or upload from a device's photo album, and create a profile. If a user has lost or found a dog, he/she can take a photo within the app or upload a photo from a device’s photo album to make a report. Once a dog has been reported and identified through Finding Rover’s facial recognition software, possible matches will be given.

We encourage ALL pet owners to register with Finding Rover before their pets ever go missing. With the entire community on board, Finding Rover can help stray pets find their way home. And that's a win-win for everyone!