Lost & Found Animals

LOST ANIMALS: Pitt County Animal Services takes in thousands of lost or stray animals each year. North Carolina Law only requires stray pets be held for 72 hours. If you have lost a pet, it is crucial that you contact our offices immediately!

FOUND ANIMALS: Pitt County Animal Services is currently under construction for shelter renovations. The shelter has extremely limited capacity and cannot accept stray animals without an appointment. Always call before picking up a found animal, and do not pick up a found animal if you are not able to hold it if necessary.  

Please call Pitt County Animal Services and report any lost or found pets at: 252-902-1731
You can also click the links below to open a copy of our Lost or Found Form. 

 - Click here for the online Lost or Found form
 - Click here to print the hard copy Lost or Found form

Please fill out the form completely and return it, along with a picture of the pet, to Lisa at the animal shelter or by email at:
lisa.amundson@pittcountync.gov

If you live within the city limits of Ayden, Farmville, Greenville, or Winterville, these towns have their own animal control officers who pick up pets and take them to their own holding pens located in their municipality. They often hold the animals for 72 hours at their facility before bringing the pets to our shelter. In the case that you are missing a pet or found a pet in one of these towns, please contact them directly to report it:

Ayden Police Department: 252-746-7015

Farmville Police Department: 252-753-4111

Greenville Animal Protective Services: 252-329-4387

Winterville Police Department: 252-756-1105

Reclamation Process

If you find that one of your pets is at the Pitt County Animal Shelter, please call the shelter immediately at 252-902-1725.  When coming to the Animal Shelter to reclaim your pet, you will have to provide current ID, proof of ownership (e.g. vet records, rabies certificate), and pay the reclaim fees for the pet.  If your pet's rabies vaccine is not current, we must update the vaccination before the animal can leave the shelter.  
   CLICK HERE for a list of Animal Shelter Reclamation Fees.

Why Should My Pets Wear a Collar?

Ensuring that your pets are properly identifiable is the best way to make sure that they always find their way home.  There are many great options for you to choose from, so it is always a good idea to figure out which tag or I.D. system is best for you and your pet. Even the Rabies Tag that was issued when your pet got their rabies vaccine is a great way to identify your pet.  

Many stores have I.D. tag machines in the front of their stores, such as Walmart, PetsMart, Petco. These tags allow you to add as much contact information as you would like to help identify the pet.

Microchips are a permanent form of identification for pets. Speak with your veterinarian about pricing and if you have any questions.