Reunite with a lost pet
If you've lost a pet, take these steps to reunite with your pet as quickly as possible.
Report your lost pet
Report your lost pet with your local municipal animal control. Visit the facility in person with a photo and any information that can help identify your pet from others.
Chattanooga City Limits, Red Bank, and Lakesite visit McKamey Animal Center.
Walden, Soddy Daisy, Collegedale, and unincorporated Hamilton County visit Humane Educational Society.
Town of Signal Mountain call Signal Mountain Police Department at (423) 886-2123.
Town of Lookout Mountain call Lookout Mountain Police Department at (423) 821-5131.
City of East Ridge visit East Ridge Animal Services.
Post information about your lost pet
Created printed lost pet flyers
Create a lost pet flyer to distribute to your local veterinarians and neighbors. Pets who are lost outside can often roam more than 10 miles away from their home. Citizens will often find pets and take them to the closest pet-related facility, whether that be a shelter, veterinarian office, pet boarding facility or training facility. While most places can't hold the lost pet, they will redirect them to the local municipal facility so the pet can be kept safe while the owner is looking for them.
For free resources like Facebook Posts and Missing Flyers, check out PawBoost for all their helpful tools.
Share your pet's information online
Check all of the local area Facebook Lost & Found groups and post your pet's information. Download the Nextdoor app on your phone or visit their website to stay in contact with your neighborhood. Make sure that all of the information you provide is as clear as possible. Remember, your description of your pet may not exactly match what others see. Clear, helpful photos with a detailed description will bridge any gaps in confusion.
Most importantly, DO NOT GIVE UP. Lost pets have been found months or even years after they go missing.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure
Microchip your pet today! Microchipping is a simple injection that leaves an RFID chip, smaller than a grain of rice, just under the skin of your pet. Consider it a personal identification tag they can't lose. Once registered, their number and your information will remain in a nationwide database if in the event your pet goes missing.
There are several low-cost microchipping clinics all over town, including McKamey Animal Center, Humane Educational Society, PetSense, PetCo VetCo Clinic, PetSmart Banfield, Chattaneuter, and VIPPetcare.