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What Should I do If I Lose a Pet in Florida?

What Should I do If I Lose a Pet in Florida?

If you lose a pet in Florida, get in touch with Orange County Animal Services who reside at 2769 Conroy Road, Orlando, FL 32839. The Orange County Animal Services Center is a meeting place for people who have lost or found a pet so pets may be reunited with their owners. Before contacting them don’t forget to try leaving out food and water and an article of clothing with a scent they’d recognize. Even flyers and classified adverts may help reunited yourself with your furry friend.

It’s advisable to go to the center in person so you, can provide photos and give a better description of your lost pet and information about where your pet was lost. Presently, the center offers services for appointments only. You may visit the online Orange County Portal to see if your dog or cat has already been found. Moreover you can see which dogs are available for adoption.

Another useful resource offered by Orange County Animal Services is the center’s forum where people can meet, post pictures of lost pets and chat with pet owners whom may be looking for their lost pet.

What Should I do If I Find a Lost Pet in Florida?

Legal requirements means a finder of a lost pet has two options he or she can follow.

  • When the Finder wishes to adopt the lost pet: “Attempt to locate an owner and hold the pet for a period of 30 consecutive days. If no owner is found then the finder can presume ownership of the pet. The pet must be reported found to Animal Services (by contacting 3-1-1) within two calendar days of finding the animal. OCAS also recommends posting the pet on Next Door, social media sites and on flyers throughout the area in the hopes of locating an owner. Those who find a pet and rehome that animal without the required 30-day holding period are in violation of the local ordinance. ” Read the full legal rules here.
  • Deposit the pet at Orange County Animal Services: “Take the pet to Orange County Animal Services, which can be done at any point the shelter is open to the public, or call 3-1-1 for assistance with picking up the stray pet. OCAS will attempt to find an owner, if one is identifiable, and hold the pet for the required stray period at the shelter, unless deemed medically unfit. If no owner steps forward to reclaim the pet will be made available for adoption or rescue placement, depending on overall suitability. Finders bringing in pets to the shelter do have the option of placing an adoption application on the pet and if interested should voice that to staff at time of drop off.”

If you lose a pet in Florida, another option is to get hold of The Human Sociey Of Pinellas, which is an organization that shelters lost pets and also offers adoption services. Contact Pinellas County Animal Services at 727-582-2600, or your county’s animal services center, to see if they have recovered your pet. Check their website.

Microchipping is a great way to recover a lost pet. Shelters in Florida offer the service for about $15. If your address is updated it makes it easier for the pet to be located. If you lose a pet in Florida, you could also get in touch with Lost Dogs Florida. The organization is an all-volunteer group dedicated to reuniting lost dogs with their families. You may list your lost dog on theoir website.

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Growing up around pets, including turtles, cats, dogs and eaven red eared terrapins, Ed Gordon Price, is passionate about their welfare and imparting useful, discovered facts and opinions about our furry, feathered, bald and scaled friends; plus the products taht help their lives. He has written a published novel about animals called The Zambezi Allies and invites you on this quest to discover pets and pet products.

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