Lost & Found
One important role we play in our community is to provide a safe place to bring lost and stray pets. If your pet is missing, you’ve come to the right place!
Helping lost pets and reuniting families
If your pet is missing, or if you’ve found a stray pet, AWS is here to help!
We have relationships with area municipalities to act as the impound facility for pets found in their jurisdictions, usually brought in by animal control officers (ACOs). ACOs have 24/7 access to AWS so your pet will be safe indoors once dropped off. AWS staff arrive by 8 am and check for stray pets first thing. Dogs are held for 6 days, while cats are only held for 48 hours, as required by state law. After their hold period, if they have not been claimed, pets are prepared to go up for adoption.
Lost your Pet?
If your pet has gone missing, begin by filling out this form.
Once you click submit, the information will be sent to us right away and we will add your pet’s details to our log of missing animals.
If and when your pet comes into our care, we will call you using the phone number you provide.
Lost Pet Resources
We encourage you to utilize these resources to cast as wide a net as possible. Our community is wonderful at sharing and helping lost pets find their way home.
Claiming your pet
We’re glad we were able to care for your pet while it was missing. We love happy reunions. We do not charge a fee to claim your pet, though donations are always welcomed. Some towns we contract with for animal control services charge impound fees, which we may collect at time of claim and send to your town, or can be paid at your city/town hall prior to picking up your pet at AWS.
Animal Control Officers
Animal Control Officers (ACOs) are trained professionals employed by a local municipality (usually the police department) to handle all calls related to stray, homeless or lost pets.
Some ACOs are also sworn police officers, and some investigate animal cruelty and neglect cases in their jurisdictions.
An extra set of eyes in the community
ACOs are always on the look out for missing pets, so it’s important to report your missing pet to your local ACOs.
We work closely with Animal Control Officers
AWS has a strong relationship with the ACOs in our local communities, and we act as the impound facility for pets found by ACOs. ACOs have 24/7 access to AWS so that any pets they find can have safe and comfortable accommodations.
Helping to reunify pets with their people
Once dropped off at AWS, ACOs will provide AWS with information about where the pet was found and assist with reunification.