Losing a pet can be stressful and scary, but we hope to provide you with the resources to help ease some of that stress and fear.


BEFORE your pet goes missing, take some steps to prevent this from happening.  First, make sure that your pet is not able to escape their enclosure.  This can be their yard, outdoor kennel, special room in the house or the home itself.  Some animals hate to be confined and therefore need to a little extra attention to their "safe" place to ensure they don't end up on the "escape" list.

Make sure fenced areas are secure by checking for holes, loose boards or frayed areas along the perimeter of the enclosure.  Fix these areas and make their maintenance a priority to prevent future escapes.  If you need to add a "hot wire" to the fence to prevent digging, climbing or jumping, check with your local farm supply store for assistance.  No matter if your dog is kept in an outdoor kennel or fenced yard, be sure to keep "keyed" lock on all entry gates to prevent accidental or purposeful opening.  Anytime you have construction or repair personnel on the premises, be sure to secure your pets in the event these hired hands do leave a gate or door open.

For animals within the home, be sure that the animals cannot escape through an open window or door.  If you have a dog that tends to "bolt" out the door or run away when off leash, check out our "Dog Training" resource page for additional information.  Some cats will wander off if allowed outside.  In order to keep these "indoor" cats safe while allowing them to enjoy nature, look into purchasing or building an outdoor "cattery" or enclosure where they can remain safe while sunbathing.

Be sure to have current (30 days - 6 months NEW) photos of your pet.  You should have four angles; 1) Front facing, either sitting or standing just be sure to have the entire face showing. 2) Full body Stand, make sure your pet is standing so certain details can be seen in the photo. 3) Left and Right side shots, this allows for you to show any special markings or colorations not present in other photos. 4) Full body Sit/Down, no matter if the dog is sitting or lying down, just make sure the entire body is visible.

If your dog has scars, tattoos or special markings in obscure locations, be sure to have photos of those on hand for identifying your pet and providing proof of ownership.  Do not share this specific information in "lost" posters.

Get your pet microchipped!!  All veterinarians and many low cost clinics provide this service.

Please read these articles on about the "microchip maze"

Part 1

Part 2

"Our advice to the microchip consumer and purchasing animal welfare organizations and vets – stick with one of the Big 5 below. Your pet (or your client’s pet) is depending on you to help bring them safely home.

  • Datamars/PetLink
  • HomeAgain
  • AKC Reunite
  • AVID
  • 24 PetWatch"

Now that your pet is microchipped doesn't mean they don't require a collar and name tag.  The average pet owner does not have a chip scanner on hand and will rely on a tangible ID tag to contact you, the owner.  Make sure the ID tag provides no less than your phone number, city and state.  If you can include your address and a secondary number, the odds of being reunited increases.  We suggest that the collar which the ID is attached to, remains on your pet and is not used as the primary "control" collar.  What point would it be to have an ID tag on a collar if the collar is attached to the leash...still in your hand?

Keep your information up to date for both the microchip and physical ID tag.  If your pet will be staying with a pet sitter (friend, family or professional) be sure to include their information on the collar as well.  This can be done quite easily.  Check out this DIY temporary ID tag for when you need something quick and simple.




When you first notice your pet has gone missing immediately check throughout the house and property to make sure they didn't become trapped somewhere.  Sometimes our pets may become locked in a laundry room, basement, closet or even under a bed.  Check all over the house and around the property.  Go door to door asking if anyone has seen or picked up your pet.

Next, contact the local animal control shelters. Licensed rescues in the state of Georgia are not ALLOWED to take in stray or found animals.  Although you are welcome to inform us and other rescues for us to post on our social media sites, we are not allowed to accept any stray animals. Use the list below for counties adjacent to Morgan County.  It is best to contact ALL the animal control shelters in case someone picked up your pet and dropped them off in a neighboring county.


Morgan County

Morgan County Animal Control

Address: 2392 Athens Hwy, Madison, GA 30650

Phone: (706) 752-1195


Madison Animal Control

Address: 1612 4 Lakes Dr, Madison, GA 30650

Phone: (706) 342-9604


Facebook Lost and Found:


Barrow County


Barrow County Animal Control

Address: 616 Barrow Park Dr., Winder, GA 30680

Phone: 770-307-3012

Official Website:


Volunteer Maintained Website:




Walton County

Walton County Animal Control

Address: 1411 S Madison Ave, Monroe, GA 30655

Phone: (770) 267-1322

Official Website:


Volunteer Maintained Website:

Facebook Lost and Found:


Newton County


Newton County Animal Control


Facebook Lost and Found:



Oconee County


Oconee County Animal Control

Address: 1171 Branch Rd, Bishop, GA 30621

Phone : (706) 769-3956

Official Website:



Facebook Lost and Found:


Oglethorpe County


Madison Oglethorpe Animal Shelter

Address: 1888 Colbert Danielsville Rd, Danielsville, GA 30633

Phone: (706) 795-2868

Official Website:

Facebook Lost and Found:


Athens - Clarke County


Athens – Clarke County

Address: 125 Buddy Christian Way, Athens, GA 30605

Phone: 706-613-3540

Official Website:



Facebook Lost and Found:



Jasper County


Jasper County Animal Control

Address: 126 Mack 31064, Mack Tillman Dr, Monticello, GA 31064

Phone: (706) 468-0396


Facebook Lost and Found:


Putnam County


Putnam County Animal Control

Address: 107 Ridley Drive, Eatonton, Georgia 31024
Phone: (706) 485-3970

Official Website:



Greene County


Greene County Animal Control

Address: 1110 C Weldon Smith Dr # C, Greensboro, GA 30642

Phone: (706) 454-7039

Official Website:


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Lost Dog Georgia is a statewide network for lost and found pets.  File a report with them as well so they can put a "missing" poster all over the social media sites.

Lost Dogs Georgia

Official Website:



Next, contact your vet and the vets in your area in case the animal has been injured and brought in for care.  Always leave your contact number and "missing" poster to leave up for other clients to see.

Make "missing" posters for your area to pass out to all the neighbors within a mile radius.  If posting along a road, be sure to use large print and make it simple "LOST" with a large clear photo and your phone number.  People need to read it quickly as they drive by.

For those whose pets are microchipped.  Contact your microchip company to file a "missing" report.  You should have the microchip info in your pet file otherwise contact your vet or rescue for additional information.  A microchip is not a GPS device, it merely allows the animal to be scanned and reunited with the owners.

Never give up!  There are many stories of families who were reunited with their lost or stolen pets, years down the road.  When you are finally reunited with your pet or you have confirmation they have since passed, be sure to inform the agencies you contacted so they can update their records as well.

You will find your lost pet and we hope that the information provided will help you reunite with them.  Check back with us regularly for updated information.