Reuniting With Your Lost Pet

Losing your furry family member is heartbreaking. Here are some tips on how to find them:

  • Search Lost Pets in the Shelter

    View stray animals at HSWC. We also strongly recommend that you come to the Humane Society of Washington County in person as soon as possible. Stray animals are held a minimum of five working days. We will assist you in filing a lost report.

  • Fill out a Lost & Found Report

    Complete a Lost & Found report using the on-line form here and attach a photo.  We will cross check the report sent with what we have on file. Reports are held for one month, unless we are notified otherwise.

  • Post Flyers in your Neighborhood

  • Get the Word out on Social Media

    Use Facebook, NextDoor, Lost & Found Furbabies Washington County, MD, and Craigslist to notify the public that your pet is missing.

Other Resources

  • Check neighboring animal shelters, canvas your neighborhood, tell your friends, neighbors, mail carriers, etc. that your pet is missing and post Lost Pet Notices around your neighborhood.

If You Found a Lost Pet

  • Call the Humane Society of Washington County immediately at 301-733-2060 to report the animal.

  • As soon as possible, please bring the pet to the Humane Society of Washington County. We will scan the animal for a microchip, and you can file a found animal report. If you want, you can leave the pet with us. 

  • Post found animal posters in the area and post a description of the animal on sites like Lost & Found Furbabies Washington County, MD.

Reclaiming your Pet

Proof of ownership is required in order for you to reclaim your pet from an animal shelter.  Proof of ownership can include veterinary records, dog license or pictures that document ownership (i.e. puppy/kitten through adult pictures).  Please bring identification such as a driver’s license, passport or other I.D.  A person over the age of 18 has to reclaim the pet. 

Fees for reclaiming a pet may apply. Any pet being reclaimed for the first time will have a $25 reclaim fee.  If the pet has been impounded by a Field Services Officer more than once, there will be an additional $25 citation and that will increase with each incident. A $100 citation will be charged for a second incident and a $250 citation will be charged for the third offense. If an animal has been impounded after hours, a $75 fee will be charged.  Boarding fees may also apply and are calculated based upon the number of days the pet is housed and cared for at the animal shelter.  The boarding fee is $15 per day or $20 per day for a quarantined/Potentially Vicious and Dangerous/Vicious and Dangerous animal.  Also, a $10 vaccination fee will apply if the pet has been vaccinated.

Pets can be reclaimed during normal business hours.  Please note the shelter opens at 1 p.m. on Wednesdays and is closed on Sundays. 

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