Lost & Found
All stray dogs picked up by Animal Care & Control Officers are taken to the Franklin County Dog Shelter, located at 4340 Tamarack Blvd, Columbus, Ohio 43229. We also receive many stray dogs turned in by private citizens.
What to do if you have lost your dog
If you have lost your dog, visit the Dog Shelter daily to look for your dog. Due to the large number of dogs received daily at the Shelter, we are unable to positively identify or answer questions about lost dogs over the phone.
File a lost dog report with us, including a description of your dog, the date and location where he was last seen, and your contact information. If possible, include a photo of your dog to show us exactly what he or she looks like.
Dogs wearing a current Franklin County dog license will be held at the Shelter for up to fourteen days. By state law unlicensed dogs are only required to be held for three days.
Every attempt is made to reunite the lost dog with its owner. After the waiting period, dogs are evaluated for adoption or release to a reputable rescue group. Unadoptable dogs may be euthanized.
Other Tips on Finding Your Lost Dog
Reclaiming your lost dog
To claim a lost dog from the Shelter you must be eighteen years of age or older and have a valid picture I.D. We can only accept cash for redemptions.
It would be helpful for you to bring proof of a current dog license and rabies immunization for your pet, as well as verification that your dog has been spayed or neutered. If there is no proof of the dog's rabies vaccination, our veterinary staff will re-immunize the dog before releasing the animal.
For spayed/neutered dogs the cost of redemption includes a one-time $20 impound fee plus $20 boarding fee for each day that the dog has been impounded.
For unaltered dogs the cost of redemption includes a one-time $40 impound fee plus a $20 boarding fee for each day that the dog has been impounded.
If the dog does not have a current license or rabies tag there will be additional fees for those items. Dogs will not be released without a current license.
What to do if you have found a dog
Turn the dog in
Either bring the dog to the shelter or call us to come pick it up at 614-525-3400. We answer this line day or night.
Check for a dog license tag
Call us at 525-3400 with the tag number. We will look up the name, address and phone number of the owner for you. It is very possible that the dog's owner lives nearby and the animal can be returned to the owner without Animal Control being involved.
Look up the dog's license tag number online and track down the dog's owner.
Keep the dog, But File a Found Dog Report
If you find a dog that is not wearing a license tag and you wish to provide a temporary home, email us or call the Dog Shelter at 525-DOGS (3647). Give the shelter all of the available information on the dog, including a description of the dog, the date and location where he was found, and your contact information. If possible, include a photo of the dog to show us exactly what he or she looks like. A Found Report will be posted at the Shelter for people searching for a lost dog.
The Franklin County Department of Animal Care & Control enforces only dog laws, and has no authority to deal with problems associated with cats running loose. For information concerning lost and found cats, please contact the Capital Area Humane Society at (614) 777-7387. Stray cats may be taken to the Humane Society.
For more information concerning wildlife problems, please contact the Ohio Division of Wildlife at (614) 481-6300.
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