Need to Rehome Your Pet?
If you need to find a home for your pet or a pet you rescued, please post their information and picture to the Facebook page called Pets for Adoption Las Cruces. Our organization does not take in animals from the public most of the time. However, if you e-mail their information to us, we can send that out via our e-mail animal-welfare network.
If you are moving and must relinquish an animal to a shelter, do some homework and find a humane society-run shelter where your animal stands a better chance at being adopted. You could even do this along the way to your new destination. Just know that if you relinquish a dog or cat to a traditional, municipal shelter, the chances of them being put down the day you turn them in is very high.
Lost and Found Pets
LOST or FOUND a dog or cat?
Visit the Missing Pet Partnership website for some great tips on recovering lost pets, lost pet behavior, and why it is always best to “think lost, not stray”.
Visit HSSNM, Dog Cruces and Craig’s List to see more local animal lost/found listings, and also check out the Facebook online listings at Lost and Found Pets Las Cruces. You can also post animals your lose or find on this page as well.
You can also send your lost or found information to us via e-mail. We will forward the message to our local animal-welfare contacts.
Tips for Lost Pets
- Start searching for your lost pet immediately in and around your home (to make sure they are not hiding) and in your neighborhood. Ask family members and neighbors questions about when they saw the pet last, etc.
- Depending on your dog or cat’s personality, they may be hiding closer to home than you think. Indoor-only cats usually don’t travel too far but may be hiding and not come out when you call, and gregarious dogs who love people will not travel as far as those weary of strangers or who have fearful (xenophobic) personalities; these guys and gals can run miles away from home and truly get lost.
- Create flyers and big posters to put up around your area (though local ordinances may prohibit this). One alternative is to use your car’s back windshield for this signage with washable window markers you can get at Wal-Mart, Hobby Lobby, etc. Other options are to use the shared mail boxes in newer neighborhoods or asking property owners if you can put up a sign in their corner yard, etc.
- Big posters with basic information should be posted anywhere cars traveling in the area can read them from inside their cars as they drive by. You can also create smaller, detailed flyers with the pet’s name, and offer a reward if you can afford it. Tape flyer copies to the bigger posters and use a message as follows on the bigger posters and your car windshield:
- Check your local shelter(s) daily (in person) for at least one week, and fill out a LOST report with them. Be persistent because some animals can hide a long time, be picked up and kept by people for some time, or travel far distances. It is a good idea to keep checking back at your shelter at least a few times a week for the first few weeks and then at least once a week for up to three or more months, keeping in mind that animals that come in as “strays” with no ID are held only 72 hours and those wearing ID or chipped are held no more than 5 days.
- Check the FOUND reports at the shelter, in all the newspaper classified ads, and on the online postings atwww.hssnm.org, ww.dogcruces.com, and Craigslist; submit your lost report to these online sources as well as on the Facebook Page called Lost and Found Pets Las Cruces.
- Free classified ads are offered by mostnewspapers for lost and found animals for up to a week, so call the Las Cruces Sun-News (575-541-5400), The Bulletin (575-524-8061), and American Classifieds (575-527-3463) to ask them to run a free ad; American Classifieds will also post it at www.dogcruces.com.
- Keep an eye out for flyers posted at vet offices, pet supply stores, other pet-related businesses, and the newspaper ads featuring adoptable pets. Check online pet adoption sites, such as www.petango.com, www.petfinder.com, www.adoptapet.com, etc., where your pet could end up being listed if they were put through an adoption system vs. being put down.
- Consider hiring a professionally-trained pet detective. A Missing Animal Response technician is available in our area. That contact information is as follows:
Renee Waskiewicz • 575-312-1741 •Xldogs@zianet.com.
- For more information and great online tips on lost pets and missing pet behavior and examples of painted back windshields, visit the Missing Pet Partnership.
Tips for Found Pets
- Hold onto the animal for as long as you can to look for the owner; assume the animal is lost, not a stray. Caring humans assume the worst and fill in blanks withnegative stories, but the truth is the cat or dog may have a family who loves and misses him/her dearly, as you would if your beloved pet was lost. No matter the condition you find the animal in and even if they are acting skittish/scared, it could be that the animal has been lost for a while or has traveled a long distance, and it is not necessarily a reflection of a bad owner. Many animals also show skittish characteristics outside of their comfort zones.
- Look for ID tags or see if a dog “leads” you to his/her home. Have the animal scanned for a microchip at a local vet office or atr the animal shelter.
- Immediately fill out a FOUND report at the local animal shelter and check their LOST reports; if possible, take a picture to place with the report at the shelter. Most people know to check the animal shelter first.
- If you must leave the animal off at our animal shelter, please do so during regular business hours; DO NOT use the outdoor, overnight cages left for owner-relinquished animals. The shelter’s reclaim hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the weekends (use the west side door – Reclaim/Intake).The shelter needs to know the animal was found so they are obligated to hold onto them for at least 72 hours, giving the owner time to reclaim their pet. If you leave off a found animal in the outdoor cages without talking to staff, they assume the animal was abandoned by the owner, and they can legally and immediately kill that animal, which does happen frequently.
- Free classified ads are offered by most newspapers for lost and found animals, so call the Las Cruces Sun-News (541-5400), The Bulletin (524-8061), and American Classifieds (527-3463) to ask them to run a free ad; American Classifieds will post it also at www.dogcruces.com.
- Check the LOST reports online atwww.hssnm.org, www.dogcruces.com, Craigslist, and the Facebook Page called Lost and Fonund Pets Las Cruces; you can also submit your posting to the latter page as well.
- Put up a few big, bright posters at key locations where the dog was found, preferably on poles near stop signs or traffic lights (though local ordinances mayprohibit this). You may also be able to put up flyers at shared post office boxes in newer neighborhoods or in a property owner’s yard. Another alternative is to use your car’s back windshield for this signage with washable window markers you can get at Wal-Mart, Hobby Lobby, etc. The poster should be readable from the street by passing cars, but you can also paste a detailed flyer to it if you wish and post those around the area you found the animal, too. Sample words for the big poster are as follows:
Black Lab Mix
- If the owner does not claim the lost animal, consider trying to find the dog or cat a new home yourself if you can hold onto and care for the animal in the meantime. If you do this, advertise the dog or cat using flyers and the newspaper to those that are a good lifestyle match for the animal, such as at gyms where people work out if you are trying to place an active, young dog. You can also send the information about the animal to us firstname.lastname@example.org. We then e-mail the notices out to our animal-welfare network.
- For more information and great online tips on reuniting pets with their family, visit the Missing Pet Partnership.