If you have lost your pet, act quickly! The first 24 hours can make all the difference in finding your pet. Follow the steps below to help increase your chances of a reunion with your pet.
The Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA can only accept stray animals found in the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County. This allows owners the opportunity to find their animals in the county where they live and lost them. Please check the animal control facility nearest to where your pet was lost. Other area shelters are listed below.
Madison County Animal Shelter
Buckingham Animal Control Facility
Orange County Animal Shelter
Caring for Creatures
Orange County Humane Society
Culpeper Department of Animal Services
Shenandoah County Animal Shelter
Greene Animal Shelter
SPCA of Nelson County
Louisa County Animal Shelter
Louisa Humane Society
Wildlife Center of Virginia
Check the SPCA Database of Found Pets
Search our database at the bottom of this page. If you think you have identified your lost pet, please come to the shelter as soon as possible during business hours to reclaim them.
Post Lost Pet Posters
Place Posters at busy intersections. Posters should be GIANT and FLORESCENT COLORS; be brief and to the point and create a visual image. Try: Lost, a photo and your number. Post around town at veterinary clinics, schools, grocery and convenience stores, and anywhere else you think might make a difference. Distribute flyers to your neighbors, mail carrier, newspaper carrier, garbage truck drivers, and local gardeners.
File a Lost Pet Report
To file a lost pet report, you’ll first need to create an account. If you already have an account, just login, click “OK,” and click the “Add a Lost Animal” link to complete your report. Please provide as much detail as possible. If you find your pet, please login and remove your listing.
Visit & Keep in Contact with the SPCA
While it is the SPCA wish to reunited every lost pet with their owner, unfortunately, because of the high volume of incoming animals and the high volume of lost reports we cannot be held responsible for finding your pet. It is recommended that you visit the shelter every three to four days. This will allow you to see every animal that comes through the building. When an animal comes in with no collar or ID it is held for six days prior to being put up for adoption. If it comes in with a collar or ID it is held for eleven days.
Check Other Resources & Post in Lost and Found Sections
The Daily Progress 434-978-7202 x1
C-VILLE Weekly 434-817-2759
Other Tips for Finding Your Lost Pet
- Lost pets may hide in fear. Do not count on “here kitty, kitty” or treats to get them to come to you. Get down and dirty, search all possible hiding places outside, look under sheds, decks, houses, etc. Most animals are found close to home. Talk to your neighbors and, after asking permission, search at your neighbors. Put out food and water in hopes the dog or cat will return home for food.
- For shy dogs and cats, set a humane trap near the point of escape. (the SPCA has humane traps available for rent)
- It is possible your lost pet may be hiding in your home. Check the following: in reclining chairs, box spring or mattress — with a flashlight look for torn lining in box spring or mattress, in the chimney, in heating ducts, behind access panels or behind the refrigerator or stove.
If you have any questions contact us via email or call (434) 973-5959.