Lost or Stray Animals
Augusta Animal Services receives over 12,000 animals annually, some are released by their owners, but the majority of animals come in as strays. Less than 550 animals are reclaimed by their owners annually. Augusta Animal Services wants to assist you in your efforts to reunite you with your pet.
City ordinance requires that pets be under an owners control at all times. Do NOT allow pets to run loose, secure pets inside a fenced area or leash walk them.
Make sure that your pet ALWAYS wears its collar and tags. The ordinances also require pet owners to keep a collar, current rabies tag and an identification tag, with the owner’s name, address and phone number on their pets.
Pets can lose collars and tags, so it is strongly recommended that you have your pet micro chipped by your veterinarian. Micro chipping is the only permanent form of identification. If your pet is micro-chipped, gets lost and is picked up by Augusta Animal Services, it will be scanned and you will be contacted to retrieve your pet. Therefore, it is vitally important that if you have your pet micro chipped, you register the chip number with a national database company. Unregistered chips are as worthless as lost collars/tags.
Tips to help find your missing pet
- Come to Augusta Animal Services shelter, during business hours, to look for your pet. The shelter is located at 4164 Mack Lane Augusta, GA 30906 and is open to the public, Monday – Friday from 11am – 5pm, excluding city observed holidays.
- Call the shelter, Monday – Friday from 830am – 5pm, at 706-790-6836 to see if an animal matching the description of your pet has come in recently. Please, understand that it is VERY DIFFICULT to identify a pet by description alone; therefore, it is your responsibility to come to the shelter to identify your pet.
- Visit our websites to view photos of the stray pets at our facility.
- Notify your veterinarian that your pet is missing.
- Check with Pet hospitals
- Post flyers (color photos are best)
- In your neighborhood
- At local veterinarian offices
- Pet Stores
- Grooming/Boarding facilities
- Any local businesses (convenience stores, etc.) that will allow you to post one
- Place ads in the local newspaper, classified magazines and pet service or community based websites. (most will do this for free)
- Be wary of pet recovery services, some are scams. Ask for references and check them before handing over any money for their services.
- Talk to your postal delivery person, they are usually familiar with pets in the neighborhood.
Keep looking and don’t give up. Hopefully, you will be reunited with your lost pet soon.
Augusta Animal Services is required by city ordinance to hold stray animals for five (5) days; after which time the animal becomes property of Augusta. This five (5) day period does not include holidays.