- Does the pet have a Pasco County License? Use our License Search Opens a New Window. look-up tool.
- Visit PCAS or a local veterinarian to have them scanned for a microchip
- Contact the microchip company and report the pet as found
- Post flyers in your neighborhood and at local parks
- Surrender the pet to the shelter so we can attempt to find their owner (cats will need to meet specific criteria)
- File a Decline to Release with PCAS and keep the pet at your residence while looking for their owner (must hold pet for 90 days)
- Post a found add on social media sites
- Post a found add on Lost & Found pet websites such as Finding Rover. Opens a New Window.
- Stray dogs found in county are accepted
- Cats must be sick, injured, too young or old to fend for themselves, be front declawed or have bitten/scratched a person in the last 10 days
- All pets are subject to hold times. Pre-adoption of animals not off their legal hold times is available. This helps shorten the pets stay if an owner is not found.
- Cats with no Id - No hold time
- Dogs with no ID - 72 hour hold
- Pets with ID - 144 hour hold
- Seized Custody - 10 days (this includes abandonment and involuntary abandonment)
- Quarantine (bite/scratch to a person) - 10 days
- Extended Quarantine - 45 days or 4 months (Extended Quarantine is for animals bitten by an unknown source animal)
Finding Rover Opens a New Window. is a free website and smartphone application that allows for a profile to be made for found pets that anyone can use. This application uses facial recognition software to help pets find their way back home.
The shelter does not typically accept stray and feral cats as there is no leash law for cats in Pasco County. Cats that are accepted must meet one or more of the below listed criteria:
- Cats found outside that are declawed (front, back or both)
- Too young/Too old to fend for the themselves
- Cats that have bitten or scratched a person.