How do I find my lost pet?

The first thing you should do is 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. 

Check our Website

Check online or visit the Prairie Paws Adoption Center two to three times per week to see if your animal has been picked up by one of our Animal Control Officers.

Check with Nearby Shelters

Check other nearby shelters for your lost pet. The free PetHarbor mobile app (for both iPhone and Android devices) makes it easy to search nearby animal shelters for recovered lost pets and pets available for adoption. Download by searching "PetHarbor Mobile" in the App Store.

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. 


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: 

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.