Lost a Pet?    Found a Pet?    Adopting a Pet?    Reclaiming a Pet?

Lost a Pet:

Evansville-Vanderburgh Animal Care & Control (EVACC) is committed to reuniting lost pets with their owners. The best way for an owner to help EVACC to accomplish that is to make sure your pet has a collar with its rabies and city license tags securely attached. Micro-chipping is also recommended.

If you have the misfortune of losing your pet, EVACC requires that you visit the shelter to fill out a lost report and go through the shelter to ensure your pet is not there. Animal Control officers are on duty even after the shelter office is closed, therefore your pet may have been picked up without office personnel’s knowledge.

A good picture of your pet that you can leave with shelter personnel would be beneficial if your pet is not at the shelter. Your pet's appearance may change through weight loss or a matted and dirty coat. Also, someone else's interpretation of your description may vary greatly. Collars can be broken off and your pet may no longer be wearing tags.

Helpful Links and Information:

 

The Evansville Courier & Press charges for lost pet ads. However if someone has found an animal, they run the ad free for 3 days. So check the found ads daily! http://classifieds.courierpress.com

 

 

Local Humane Society and Animal Control Shelters:

· Vanderburgh Humane Society, Inc., 400 Millner Industrial Drive, Evansville, Indiana 47710, Phone: 812-426-2563, http://www.vhslifesaver.org/index.html

· Evansville Vanderburgh Animal Care & Control, 815 Uhlhorn Street, Evansville, IN 47710, Phone: 812-435-6015, http://www.evansvillegov.org/Index.aspx?page=1168

Surrounding Animal Control and Humane Society Shelters:

 

· Gibson County Animal Services, County Road 175 East, Princeton, Indiana 47670, Phone: 812-386-8079, http://www.gcasonline.org/.

· Henderson – Humane Society of Henderson County, 203 Drury Lane, Henderson, KY 42455, Phone: 270-826-8966.

· Posey County Humane Society, 6500 S Leonard Rd, Mt. Vernon, IN 47620, Phone: 812-838-3211

· Posey County Animal Control, 300 Main Street, Mt. Vernon, IN 47620, Phone: 812-838-1358

· Warrick Humane Society Pet Adoption Center, 5722 Vann Road, Newburgh, IN 47630, Phone: 812-858-1132

· Warrick County Animal Control, 555 Roth Road, Boonville, IN 47601, Phone: 812-897-6107

Lost Pet Prevention:

There are many things you can do to prevent your pet from becoming lost. Having important information available in the event it somehow does get lost is vital. Things you should do include: keep your pet properly and safely contained; have proper pet records (vaccination information, medical history) in a safe place; have photographs of your pet with a detailed description written down (our memories can sometimes be faulty); consider micro-chipping your pet; have your pet spayed or neutered (to help reduce the desire to run); train your pet to understand basic commands.

Suggestions to help you find your pet:

First & foremost, remember to stay calm and don't give up hope.

 

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Visit daily:

 

  • EVACC requires that you visit the shelter to fill out a lost report and go through the shelter to ensure your pet is not there. Animal Control officers are on duty even after the shelter office is closed therefore your pet may have been picked up without office personnel’s knowledge.
  • Local Humane Shelters and Animal Control facilities – ask if they have a ‘lost’ report form that you need to fill out. Leave a flyer with your contact information.

2

Contact or Visit:

 

  • Animal Emergency Clinics.
  • Local veterinarians.
  • Contact your animal’s vet and make sure your contact info is up-to-date.

3

Search:

 

  • Start the search immediately.
  • Don't hesitate to ask for help from family, friends, neighbors, etc.
  • Have your neighbors check their garages and outbuildings in case your pet got in and can't get out.
  • Distribute pictures of animal and a detailed description along with your contact information.
  • Cell phones will help to communicate with others in search.
  • Try different times of day or night. Cats are more active early morning and at night. Dogs may be active anytime and may tend to run farther. Dogs may burrow into self made dens and cats may climb trees.
  • Do not chase and never yell at the animal! Establish contact by calling and whistling. Never call your pet across a busy road. Stay calm. Attempt to stop or slow traffic keeping your own safety in mind.
  • Carry a flashlight and leash and collar with you.
  • Extend the search to surrounding areas. Drive through neighborhoods while calmly calling for your pet.
  • Check the found listings in the newspaper daily.

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Search far and wide:

 

Do not underestimate how far an animal can travel in a short period of time. Your pet's appearance may change through weight loss or matted and dirty coat. Also, someone else's interpretation of your description may vary greatly. Collars can be broken off and your pet may no longer be wearing tags. Everyone who knows the animal should help visit these places in person, repeatedly. Depending on where you live in the Evansville-Vanderburgh County area, you may need to consider contacting surrounding shelters.

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Do not call 911:

 

  • DO NOT CALL 911 to report your missing pet.

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Post Flyers:

 

Print a flyer with a clear photo of your pet and your contact information. After getting permission, post them at vet's offices, animal hospitals, feed stores, kennels, groomers, pet shops, community bulletin boards, shopping centers, etc. Take the flyers with you to the shelters you visit.

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Place Ads:

 

  • Place ads in newspapers - both local and slightly outside the area.
  • Post your pet on lost and found Internet sites.

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KEEP SEARCHING!

 

Many pets can disappear for weeks or months and still turn up.

IMPORTANT: Once your pet is found, notify everyone of that fact, remove all flyers previously posted and close your postings on any Internet sites.

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Found a Pet:

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Be cautious:

 

  • First and foremost, be cautious around the animal. Keep your children and other pets away from it.

2

Observe:

 

  • If the animal seems to be acting strangely or aggressively stay away and promptly call Evansville-Vanderburgh Animal Care & Control to retrieve the animal.
  • If the animal seems to be injured or sick it may defend itself, therefore do not attempt to approach the animal.

3

Contact:

 

  • The Evansville Courier & Press will run a “Found Pet” ad for free. The ad will run for three (3) days. http://classifieds.courierpress.com
  • Check the “Lost Pet” listings in the newspaper.
  • Check lost and found pet Internet sites.

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Post Flyers:

 

If you wish to help find the owner, post flyers in the area where you found the pet. Check the “lost a pet” section for more ideas.

 

 

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Adopting a Pet:

You have found the pet you love - now what?

You PRE-ADOPT your pet…It’s as Easy as 1 – 2 – 3!

 

1. Tell us which pet you would like to pre-adopt and ask about its adoption fees.

2. Pay for your pet’s adoption. (We will hold your payment until you pick up your pet.)

3. Pick up your pet on its availability date on its card!

Why should you pre-adopt?

1. So you are the first person in line to adopt that pet when it is available.

2. Your pet’s availability date is its last day at the shelter.

3. To ensure your pet comes home with you where it belongs!

 

Adoptions: Monday - Friday: 11:00 a.m. - 5.45 p.m. Saturday: 11 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.

 

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Reclaiming your pet:

  1. Be prepared to show your identification.
  2. Have your proof of the animal's rabies/shots with you.
  3. Have your city license records with you – if you live within the city of Evansville.
  4. An animal’s maximum stay is eight (8) days; then it is adopted out or euthanized. Do not hesitate to reclaim your pet!
  5. If your dog is running loose, EVACC understands it may have been a one-time occurrence; but it is against city ordinance. Therefore it must be enforced by citation and EVACC personnel.
  6. Please understand that your pet was brought in to keep it safe, not to punish you. Be thankful it was found alive.
  7. An animal on the loose can be a hazard to other people. Not just from potential bites, but by running into the road and possibly causing accidents from drivers swerving.

If your pet was brought in without a collar with tags or micro-chipping please, be prepared to have evidence that the animal is yours. Its proof of rabies shot, medical records, pictures, etc. are all helpful in establishing ownership.

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Last updated: 2/13/2013 3:15:06 PM
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