When a Lost Pet Arrives at Our Shelter
When an animal comes into our shelter as a lost pet, the following occurs:
- The animal is scanned for a microchip.
- The animal is vaccinated.
- Shelter staff review lost animal reports to determine if there is a match.
- Websites such as Craigslist and Facebook are reviewed several times each day for a possible match.
After three days, including Saturdays and Sundays, any pet not claimed by its owner may be adopted. Healthy, adoptable pets are held as long as there is adequate space and resources to keep them. For more information, contact us by calling 410-887-PAWS (7297).
Redeeming Your Pet
To reclaim your pet from the Baltimore County Animal Shelter:
- Bring a valid picture ID showing you are over eighteen. ID can include: U.S. Passport or any state-issued driver's license, learner's permit, or non-driver ID card.
- Bring evidence the animal is yours. Evidence can include: microchip, BCAS records, veterinarian records, adoption or breeder's paperwork.
- Pay all fees and violations.
If You Find a Lost Pet
County law requires that persons who find or otherwise come into possession of a stray animal must turn the animal over to Animal Services within 24 hours. The Baltimore County Animal Shelter is the only shelter in Baltimore County that is authorized by law to hold lost animals for their owners. Therefore, owners have only one shelter to call or visit to find their pets.
If your pet went missing in the Baltimore County area, view the photos below to see if your pet is at the shelter.
- If your pet is pictured below—Have their pet ID number ready and call 410-887-4797. Stray pets brought to Baltimore County Animal Services (BCAS) will be held at least 72 hours after the pet arrives. We strongly encourage you to promptly contact the shelter.
- If your pet is not pictured below—Complete the following form.
Other Lost Pet Resources
In addition to checking our list of lost pets, please also visit: