Lost/Found Pets

Lost Pets

  • Flyers posted all around your area (cats can cover a 2-mile radius easily) are very effective. Include a picture and your phone number. Keep the text short. Make everything large so drivers can see it. Use gallon plastic bags to seal flyer against rain. Please remove flyers once your pet is found.
  • Notify your neighbors. Give them a flyer and ask them to keep an eye out for your pet.
  • Give a flyer to your mail carrier and ask him/her to keep a look out for you.
  • Put something outside your door that smells like you (pj’s you’ve slept in, a T-shirt you have worn). Animals’ sense of smell is strong and they are likely to pick up your scent to lead them home. For cats, put their litter box outside.
  • Immediately call the Dog Shelter to report your pet as missing.  Visit the shelter often to make sure your pet hasn’t been dropped there. Hang a flyer at the shelter. Ask them to call you if a dog OR CAT of your description is brought in, remember to leave your phone numbers. Although the dog shelter does not accept cats, people sometimes bring found cats to the shelter. The dog shelter is located on State Route 13 outside of Chauncey. Phone: (740) 593-5415
  • Call all the veterinarians in Athens County. Give them your phone number and tell them to call you if someone brings in your pet as an injured stray or a pet they plan to re-home. Someone in your neighborhood could use a vet in Albany or some other area nearby, so include vets you may not be familiar with. List of vets are below.
  • For cats: Go out walking and calling once it gets quiet (e.g., 10:00 p.m. to 2 a.m.).  Take a few steps, call, stand still and listen for the cat to answer. Repeat these steps while walking in a spiraled pattern away from your house.
  • Post the information online. Visit the ACHS Athens County Lost & Found Pets page on Facebook. 
  • Post the information on Craig’s List/Lost and Found: www.craigslist.com Choose Athens, OH. Community, Lost/Found. Account setup is free.
  • Use the Pooch Patrol. Call WXTQ/WATH Pooch Patrol at (740) 593-6651 to give a description of your lost dog or cat. The Pooch Patrol airs on WATH-AM 970 at 2:20am daily and on WXTQ-FM 105.5 throughout the day, every day. All listings are online at www.wxtq.com/poochpatrol/.
  • Notify the media. Both the Athens Messenger and the Athens News offer FREE lost and found classified ads. To place an ad in the Messenger, call (740) 592-6612. To place an ad in the Athens News, e-mail classified@athensnews.com or call (740) 594-8219.

Found Pets

If you find a pet, here is what you can do to help it get home.

  • Post flyers posted all around your area (cats can cover a 2-mile radius easily). Include a picture and your phone number. Keep the text short. Make everything large so drivers can see it. Use gallon plastic bags to seal flyer against rain. Please remove flyers once your pet is found.
  • Ask your neighbors if the pet is theirs. Many people keep their cats exclusively indoors, so you may be unaware that the cat on your doorstep belongs to your neighbor.
  • Post the information online. Visit the ACHS Athens County Lost & Found Pets page on Facebook. 
  • Post the information on Craigslist/Lost and Found: www.craigslist.org Choose Athens, OH. Community, Lost/Found. Account setup is free.
  • Notify the Pooch Patrol. Call WXTQ/WATH Pooch Patrol at (740) 593-6651 to give a description of the found dog or cat. The Pooch Patrol airs on WATH-AM 970 at 2:20am daily and on WXTQ-FM 105.5 throughout the day, every day. All listings are online at www.wxtq.com/poochpatrol/.
  • Notify the media. Both the Athens Messenger and the Athens News offer FREE lost and found classified ads. To place an ad in the Messenger, call (740) 592-6612. To place an ad in the Athens News, e-mail classified@athensnews.com or call (740) 594-8219.
  • Be careful with information. Don’t offer information in the flyer or to callers about collar/lack of collar/color of collar; whether the pet has been spayed or neutered; and distinguishing markings. Ask callers to provide that information to you to ensure that the pet is theirs. (“Bunchers” often respond to found-pet ads and pose as owners, then sell the animals for laboratory research.)

Current Lost & Found Listings for Athens County