Finding Your Lost Pet
If you have lost a pet, you must act immediately by visiting Animal Services to reclaim your pet. Our stray animal holding period is three consecutive days for dogs without identification; and five consecutive days for dogs and cats with identification, including closed days and holidays. After the holding period, they become property of Animal Services and may be adopted, transferred to another agency, or humanely euthanized if the pet is deemed unadoptable.
There is no holding period for cats without identification. They immediately become property of Animal Services and may be adopted, transferred to another agency, or humanely euthanized if deemed unadoptable.
Do not delay looking for your pet.
Remember, tags can come off, so don't assume your pet was wearing identification when we found it. You must complete a missing pet report and also provide proof of ownership. Proper proof includes:
- current veterinary records
- rabies certificate
- a county tag and/or registered microchip
Fees are associated with the boarding of your pet that must be paid to reclaim your pet. We accept Visa, Master Card and Discover credit cards and cash (no checks). Shelter hours to reclaim animals are Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. excluding holidays.
Finding Your Lost Pet After Hours
If you have found your pet on our website when we are closed to the public, please call the shelter at 239-533-7387 (LEE-PETS) for after-hours assistance. Please be prepared to provide your pet’s online assigned identification number that begins with an “A” when speaking with the after-hours answering service representative.
The after-hours answering service will notify the on-duty officer to contact you to place a hold on your pet through the end of the next open business day so you can come in and reclaim your missing pet. Please be advised that the on-duty officer is unavailable from midnight until 8 a.m. To reach the after-hours answering service when you call, press 2. During business hours, you may reach our kennel supervisors at email@example.com.
Filing a Missing Pet Report
If you register your lost pet on our website, the information goes to Pet Harbour, a third-party vendor that manages our searchable database of lost pets. Pet Harbour may send you an email if a pet fitting the same description appears on the site, but they do not forward your lost registration to us. Therefore, you must fill out the missing pet report in person at our shelter. Lee County Domestic Animal Services cannot be responsible for your failure to claim your pet. You must do this in person and provide proof of ownership listed above. Remember, lost dogs can only be held for three consecutive days (without identification) or five consecutive days (with identification), including closed days and holidays. Cats are held five consecutive days (with identification) including closed days and holidays. Cats with no identification immediately become the property of Animal Services.
Adopting a Lost Pet
Animals featured in the Lost Pet section of our website are currently not available for adoption. However, if you see a pet that you would like to adopt, you may fill out an adoption application at the shelter or submit an application online. If the pet is not claimed during the stray holding period, it may be adopted to the first person with an approved application on file for that pet.
Due to safety and liability issues, the public is not permitted to visit with any pet in the Lost Section of the shelter. Animals are usually available for viewing after the stray holding period, provided Animal Services is not still pursuing leads to locate the owner. View pets already available for adoption.