Lost, Stray and Found Animals

Lost Dog 

How do I find my lost pet?

The first thing you should do is look through pictures of recent stray animals brought to the shelter. Ultimately, you will be the first to recognize your pet, so regularly check the website for new animals. If your pet is not listed, file a Lost Pet Report with our shelter and any surrounding shelters. This report will allow us to have a file of your pet, and in the event that they arrive at our shelter, we can contact you.

PawBoost

Pawboost is a third party service used to help find community based solutions to reuniting pets with their owners. If you have lost or found a pet please post it to the PawBoost site below and don't forget to complete a report with us under the reports section. 

 Post to PawBoost

Reports

Lost Pet

You may also check 24PetConnect for an up-to-date listing of animals that have been taken into our shelter and surrounding facilities. Please note that you must send us a picture of your pet for us to keep the report on our records.

Click here to view form.

 

Other Helpful Tips

Check with Nearby Shelters

Check other nearby shelters for your lost pet. The free 24PetConnect website makes it easy to search nearby animal shelters for recovered lost pets and pets available for adoption.

Use Social Media

Talk to Your Mailman

Mail delivery workers can help you find your lost pet. Give them a flyer or recent photo of your pet.

Create Flyers

Make flyers to post around the community. Visit these websites to register your lost pet and print an 8.5 x 11 inch sign.

Microchip

A microchip is a tiny computer chip, about the size of a grain of rice, that is implanted painlessly beneath your pet's skin between the shoulder blades. It has a unique number used to identify animals when scanned by a shelter or vet. The number is used to find the owner's contact information in a registry.

Does my pet need a microchip if it already has an ID tag?

Lost pets often lose their ID tag and can only be identified by their microchip.

How much does it cost?

Prairie Paws Adoption Center will microchip your pet at the low cost of $15.00 per animal. There is no additional fee to register the microchip in the Found Animals Registry. No appointment needed.

Prairie Paws Adoption Center strongly recommends that pet owners consider microchipping their pets. More info: foundanimals.org

 

What if I have found a lost pet?

If you have found a lost animal, please notify Animal Services immediately because someone may be looking for their pet.

You can also take the pet to PetSmart, Petco or a veterinarian to see if the pet has a microchip. If the pet is microchipped, the clinic may be able to contact the owners.

What happens to stray animals?

Stray animals with identification tags or microchip:

If an animal is caught by our staff in the field and has identification, every attempt will be made to return it home, providing there is an owner present to receive it or it can be put securely in the back yard. If not, the animal will go to the Prairie Paws Adoption Center and every attempt will be made to contact the owner.

Stray animals without identification tags or microchip:

Stray animals without identification that are turned in to the Prairie Paws Adoption Center are held for a minimum of 72 hours (not including days the shelter is not open, such as Sundays, Mondays, and holidays).

If they are not claimed after 72 hours, the animals become the property of the City of Grand Prairie and if suitable, are placed up for adoption.

Stray Cats

Have you found a stray cat? Follow the steps below and learn what to do next.

  1. If the cat was not found in Grand Prairie, contact your city's shelter or rescue groups for assistance.
  2. If the cat is injured or sick, call 972-237-8575 for intake. Depending on its condition, the cat may be ineligible for TNR and subject to adoption, transfer, or humane euthanasia.
  3. If the cat is healthy and is ear-notched, this indicates a fixed, rabies-vaccinated Community Cat.
  4. If the cat is healthy and is not ear-notched, call 972-237-8575 for spay/neuter services. If you would like to pick up the cat after surgery for TNR release, be sure to request TNR services specifically. If not, the cat will be assessed for TNR; if it is ineligible for TNR, it will be assessed for adoption, transfer, or human euthanasia.

 

ID Tag

It is required by law that your pet wear a current rabies and identification tag at all times. An ID tag is a small metallic or plastic tag attached to your pet's collar that includes your name, address and phone number.