If you have found a pet that is wearing identification, please reach out to the owners using the contact information on the tag or collar.

If you have found a pet without identification, there are two options available:

  • Bring the animal to a shelter, or

  • Keep the animal while looking for its owner.


Bringing an Animal to the Shelter: You can bring a found animal to HSH (or whichever shelter serves your township). It’s best to call ahead to make an appointment. You will be asked some basic questions concerning where the animal was found and if it was wearing any identification. When the animal arrives at the shelter, staff will use all available resources to reunite the animal with its owner. Stray animals are held for the state-mandated 3-day period before being placed up for adoption.

Keeping an Animal While Looking for its Owner: Many people want to spare a lost pet from having to spend time in an animal shelter – and that’s a good thing! You don’t have to bring a found animal to HSH (or any shelter), and can keep it in your home while you look for its owner.While doing so, make sure to:

  • Call your local animal control office to report the found animal. If you’re not sure of their phone number, call your local police non-emergency number.

  • Call local shelters to report a found animal.

  • Post a “found” message on one or more of the many lost & found pages on social media. Don’t forget to update if your pet is found!

  • Post flyers around town or take out an ad in a local newspaper.

  • Take the animal to a vet or shelter to be scanned for a microchip. If found, it may contain contact information for the owners.

  • If none of these steps help you locate a pet’s owners, consider adopting it yourself! A found animal is eligible for adoption after being reported to animal control and held for the requisite stray period (3 days).

Humane Society of Harlingen, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit animal welfare organization, operates a facility in Harlingen, TX, providing intake, adoption, foster, rescue, transport, wellness, and educational programs for pets and their people in Harlingen, TX and Cameron County, TX.

1106 Markowsky Ave, Harlingen, TX 78550  |  (956) 425-7297

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