Many people don’t realize that the animal shelter should be the first place to search when a four-legged family member goes missing. Lost pets end up in the shelter every day, and while OCHS works hard to reunite pets with their owners, pet owners can help too. Be sure your pet wears a collar with a current identification tag, write your phone number across your pet’s collar with a permanent marker, and/or have your pet microchipped if possible. If chipped, be sure to register your contact information with the manufacturer of your pet’s microchip. Pets adopted from our shelter, or micro chipped by us, will be registered by us at the time of adoption or micro chipping procedure (for personal pets) and we will always be an emergency contact for anybody who finds your pet.
If you’ve lost a pet, be sure to visit the shelter regularly, check this website daily, check our face book page, and ALWAYS call us at 989.343.PETS to file a lost report. OCHS helps reunite many lost pets with their owners every year, thanks to microchips, lost reports, Facebook, and web postings.
All lost dogs or cats without identification noting the owner’s address, or without some type of identification that leads to an owner’s address, will be held a minimum of 4 business days before being placed up for adoption.
Animals with identification noting the owner’s address, or identification that leads to an owner’s address, will be held a minimum of 7 business days, and a letter will be sent to the owners, before being placed as an adoptable animal.
Please make sure that all of your animals have the appropriate tags and collars. This will only help us in our efforts to reunite you with your loved pet.
Check other Area Shelters
If you live in an area that borders Ogemaw County also check with those animal shelters. Most animals will be able to travel great distances in a short period of time. If the animal is found by a Good Samaritan, they often will take it to the shelter that’s nearest to them, which may not be the shelter in your area.
You may also utilize the internet to locate rescue groups that may offer assistance in searching for your animal’s particular breed.
Spread the Word
Notify everyone in your neighborhood, friends, family and anyone else that had contact and knowledge of the animal. Put up flyers of the animal in your community. Make sure you include a photo of the animal, where it was last seen, a detailed physical description along with a phone number to call.
If you chose to offer a reward for your pet, do not specify an amount, but indicate that a reward indeed is offered and to call for any information.
PLEASE NOTE: As of October 1, 2016, due to the un-passed millage, our shelter no longer has a contract through Ogemaw County to accept strays. Without renewal of this contract, we can not accept any strays. However, we are accepting owner surrenders, if we have the space available.