California law prohibits us from accepting stray animals that are found or picked up under any circumstances.   These animals may be somebody’s lost pet and need to be taken to your local shelter for proper processing.   We are NOT an animal shelter.

If the animal has a collar, call the number on the tag.  If not, call your local shelter to see if anyone has reported a lost pet, or take the animal to a local veterinarian to see if it is micro-chipped.  We recommend you call the shelter that serves the city in which you found the pet.  They will be able to guide you on their “stray protocol”.  Local shelters will hold that animal for at least 7-10 days if it has I.D. (3 days without I.D.) before re-adopting.  Please give your found animal a chance to find their owner.  Do not hold them in your home.    Click here for a list of local Shelters.

We will not accept strays.  We are not a shelter.  Due to the high volume of calls we receive, we cannot guarantee that phone messages will be returned in a timely manner.

STRAYS/RESCUED PETS

Stray dogs and cats may just be lost and have a family looking for them. If the animal has a collar, call the number on the tag.  If not, call your local shelter to see if anyone has reported a lost pet, or take the animal to a local veterinarian to see if it is micro-chipped. You can also check your neighborhood for “Lost Pet” signs.  We recommend you call the shelter that serves the city in which you found the pet.  They will be able to guide you on their “stray protocol”.  Local shelters will hold that animal for at least 7-10 days if it has I.D. (at least 3 days without I.D.) before re-adopting or considering euthanasia. Please give your found animal a chance to find their owner.  Do not hold them in your home.  Click here for a list of local Shelters.

LOST PETS

If your pet is lost, we suggest you call the shelter that serves the city in which you live, along with any shelters in bordering cities. You may also want to post “Lost” signs in your neighborhood. Your pet may have been rescued by a neighbor and your posted “Lost” signs may help them find you and enable them to return your pet. Click here for a list of local Shelters.

UNWANTED PETS

If you are no longer able to keep your pet for whatever reason, we suggest:

  • Network among your friends or families that may already have a concern and care for your pet and may hopefully desire to adopt from you.
  • Call your veterinarian that is familiar with the breed and temperament of your pet and may have a family in mind that would be a suitable adopter.
  • The PRC’s Relinquishment Program (click here to learn more).

ABUSE

If you witness or hear about animal abuse, animal neglect or animal fighting, please contact your local animal control agency. Click here for a list of local agencies. If it’s an emergency, call 911.

If we do not answer your question here, please send an email to info@thepetrescuecenter.org and we will do everything we can to help you find a suitable solution.