Lost your pet?


What to do if you have lost a pet

The following is from the Humane Society of the United States Website

When your beloved dog or cat strays from home, it can be a traumatic experience for both of you. Here are some tips that we hope will help you find your pet.

  • Contact local animal shelters and animal control agencies. File a lost pet report with every shelter within a 60-mile radius of your home and visit the nearest shelters daily, if possible. To find your local shelters check your phone book.  Provide these agencies with an accurate description and a recent photograph of your pet. Notify the police if you believe your pet was stolen.
  • Search the neighborhood. Walk or drive through your neighborhood several times each day. Ask neighbors, letter carriers and delivery people if they have seen your pet. Hand out a recent photograph of your pet and information on how you can be reached if your pet is found.
  • Advertise. Post notices at grocery stores, community centers, veterinary offices, traffic intersections, at pet supply stores and other locations. Also, place advertisements in newspapers and with radio stations. Include your pet’s sex, age, weight, breed, color and any special markings. When describing your pet, leave out one identifying characteristic and ask the person who finds your pet to describe it.
  • Be wary of pet-recovery scams. When talking to a stranger who claims to have found your pet, ask him to describe the pet thoroughly before you offer any information. If he does not include the identifying characteristic you left out of the advertisements, he may not really have your pet. Be particularly wary of people who insist that you give or wire them money for the return of your pet.
  • Don’t give up your search. Animals that have been lost for months have been reunited with their owners.

A pet—even an indoor pet—has a better chance of being returned if she always wears a collar and an ID tag with your name, address, and telephone number. Ask your local animal shelter or veterinarian if permanent methods of identification (such as microchips) are available in your area.

Helpful links: lostmydoggie.com, lostmykitty.com


What to do If you have found a pet

If you have found a pet ask your veterinarian or the Humane Society to scan the pet for a microchip.

If you decide TO KEEP THE PET while trying to find the owner:

  • Notify the Humane Society 865-475-8930 of having found the pet and give them descriptive information on the pet and how to contact you.
  • Run an ad in the local newspaper.
  • Notify the area veterinarians.
  • Post flyers in the area giving information on the animal and how to contact you.

If you decide NOT TO KEEP THE PET and try to find the owner

  • Bring the pet to the Animal Shelter. No animal is turned away though a donation is appreciated.
  • Call Animal Control 865-471-5980 and request the animal be picked up. All phone calls to Animal Control are routed through the Sheriff’s Department

Stray animals are held for 3 days before being made available for adoption. Please be aware that though the Humane Society does its best to reunite lost pets with their owners or adopt them to new families, not all pets are adopted and there is a chance the animal will be humanely euthanized.


Return to Owner

To reclaim your lost pet from the HSJC you will need:

  • Proof that the animal is indeed yours
  • Proof of a current rabies vaccination *

The fees to reclaim your pet are as follows:

  • Same day return fee – $25 minimum on all animals brought in by Animal Control
  • * If no proof of current rabies vaccination there is a $20.00 charge for the vaccination plus a $20.00 transportation charge.
  • Boarding fee: $18.00 per day for the first 10 days ($10.00 per day thereafter)
  • There may be medical fees if the animal was injured prior to arriving at the shelter or became sick or injured during its shelter stay.
Animals with a collar are kept a minimum of 5 days; without a collar a minimum of 3 days.
Finding A New Home

Finding a Home for a Pet

If you must find a new home for your own pet, consider trying the following before turning your pet into the Humane Society.:

NEWSPAPER: Place an ad in the classified section of your local newspaper: The Standard Banner (Jefferson County); Citizen Tribune (Morristown); Newport Plain Talk (Newport).  Give the animal’s primary breed, age, sex, and a few words to describe its temperament.

We recommend that you  DO NOT offer the pet “FREE TO GOOD HOME”. Please be sure that the animal is spayed or neutered BEFORE you place it in a new home!  Tthere is a good chance you will be contributing to the homeless pet problem in our area if you place an unaltered pet

When people call in response to your newspaper ad, ask questions to help you decide if the people will provide a good home for your pet.

Be prepared to provide honest answers to any questions the respondents might have of you regarding the pet. Examples of questions you might wish to ask.

  • What is the living situation? (apartment, house, farm…)
  • Have they had pets in the past? (awareness of routine expenses, veterinary reference…)
  • Who is in the family? (young children, other pets…)
  • How will the pet be contained? (leash walking, fenced yard, invisible fence…)
  • What is the family’s lifestyle? (inside and quiet, outside and active, frequent traveling, how long are they gone during the day…)

A responsible adopter will be glad to answer these and other questions. If the caller sounds like a good prospect, offer to visit the home with the pet. If you are satisfied that the home is well-suited for the pet, great! If not, take the pet home and continue to look for a better match.

FLYERS: Create a nice flyer with your pet’s picture. Post the flyer in pet supply stores and vet clinics. The most likely adopters are people who love and already have animals!

E-MAIL: Take a digital picture of your pet and e-mail it to friends and coworkers for forwarding to their friends and coworkers, etc. Word of mouth works wonders!

WEB SITES: Contact the Breed Rescue Group of your animal’s primary breed to see if they can assist with placing your pet.

CRITTER MAGAZINECritter is a monthly magazine with pictures and descriptions of animals available for adoption in the Knoxville area. It is widely distributed throughout Knoxville each month, and provides free magazine space for people who are caring for pets needing homes.  a picture and description of your pet and ask that your pet be included in the next issue.