Have you FOUND a pet?
👉 Important: If the dog is aggressive, or you are physically unable to care for the dog or if the dog appears to need emergency vet care, please call (615) 680-4022.
👉 Tip: When posting on social media or other online platforms, DO NOT mention all details about the animal.
The goal is to locate the owner, not to find it a new home. If you are contacted by another person claiming to be the owner, be sure to ask for proof of ownership, vet records, even photos before returning the pet. If you aren't sure about what to do, please contact Htc Animal Shelter for help.
👉 Tip: Remember that even though this dog seems friendly, you do not know anything about it. Quarantine from your pets and children, not because the animal is bad, but you want to keep your vetted pets from contracting anything, and this animal may not be friendly towards other animals.
What you should do if you have found a pet:
👉 Important Notes on Stray Animals:
Pets found outside Trousdale County are not accepted.
You must provide residency in Trousdale County. Once you pick up an animal it is YOUR responsibility to arrange accommodations for the animal.
The shelter is a closed intake facility, and we reserve the right to decline intake.
We are not animal control.
In the State of Tennessee, we do have a leash law. That is for the state not just for the city limits or county.
Some animals are likely out for a walk and NOT a STRAY. Many pets don't always get back home due to the finder assuming the animal was abandoned or dumped, when in fact many times the pet accidentally had gotten out. Their family may be looking for their pet but doesn't know where to look. It doesn't take long for a pet to look neglected and may appear frightened or skittish, given the impression that they were abused or abandoned.
Remember: You may find their family, if you follow these steps. We may be able to reunite pets with families without a trip to the shelter. We only take found pets (strays) Monday and Friday by appointment ONLY.
NO STRAYS ACCEPTED ON SATURDAY OR SUNDAY.