Finding a stray animal can be rewarding and stressful all at the same time! Many times, animals can be happily reunited with their owners. Experts recommend that you DO NOT remove them from the area! This is important as they are most often, closest to home where they are initially found. Studies show that most often, a stray animal is only 1,000 feet from their home. If finder has the ability, they may contain the animal and do the following to try to return it home
If you can safely do it, please identify if the animal has a collar and rabies tag. Determine what county it is for and contact the local Animal Control Office to have them look up the tag number.
Metro Animal Care and Control - MACC
Williamson County Animal Center
Rutherford County Animal Control
Most veterinarian offices will have the ability to do this; and will do it for free. If it is after hours, you can go to a 24 hour emergency vet and they will scan as well. Once you find the microchip number, you can contact the company and report the animal as found.
If animal is contained, please file a found report with the local animal control where the animal was found.
If you are unable to contain the animal, contact your local Animal Control Office to ensure the animal is safely contained..
As stated above, most animals are never too far from home or where they were "lost"! Knock on doors in the area where you found the animal. Maybe they saw something; or maybe someone was visiting the area and their pet got out.
These websites work both ways. You can search for lost pets OR post found pets.
Pet Harbor- Lost and Found - https://phshelter.com/
Pawboost- https://www.pawboost.com/ (also links with facebook)
Post the animal on social media. There are many lost and found sites in the greater Nashville area. Below we have listed some on facebook.
Skippy Lou's Lost and Found Pets
East Nashville and Inglewood Lost and Found Pets
Lost and Found Pets of Hermitage, TN
Lost and Found Pets of Joelton /Whites Creek/Bordeaux/TN
Missing Animals in Middle TN
Nashville Lost and Found Pets
Don't forget your specific neighborhood pages and NextDoor a neighborhood specific chat board..
Create and print flyers and tape to your neighbor’s doors. And create poster boards. Hang flyers/Poster boards in the neighborhood. It also helps to use bright colored posterboard to attract attention when making posters.
Metro Animal Care and Control, Davidson County, will also give you yard signs which will indicate an animal was found in that specific location.
Contact local pet centered businesses and ask if they can post your flier in office and online. This includes vet offices, pet stores, daycare/boarding facilities, etc.