Si ha encontrado una mascota que lleva una identificación, comuníquese con los propietarios utilizando la información de contacto en la etiqueta o el collar.


Si ha encontrado una mascota sin identificación, hay dos opciones disponibles:

  • Lleve al animal a un refugio, o

  • Mantenga al animal mientras busca a su dueño.


Traer un animal al refugio : puede traer un animal encontrado a PVAS (o cualquier refugio que sirva a su municipio). Es mejor llamar con anticipación para hacer una cita. Se le harán algunas preguntas básicas sobre dónde se encontró el animal y si llevaba alguna identificación. El personal utilizará todos los recursos disponibles para reunir al animal con su dueño. Los animales callejeros son retenidos por el período de 3 días establecido por el estado antes de ser puestos en adopción.

Guide for Lost and Found Pets


Find a Healthy Dog?

Step #1. Click a few good photos of the dog, making sure to leave any collar on and feature any identifying marks. Don't change the appearance of the dog!

Step #2. Post the photos and information in your neighborhood social media pages, including NextDoor, Craigslist, and Facebook. 

If the pet is sick or injured, take the pet to the vet and/or contact your local animal control!

Step #3. Fill out our Found Pet Form!

Step #4. Take the pet to a pet store or veterinarian to have it scanned for a microchip!

Step #5. Walk around the found neighborhood and see if anyone recognizes it. Most dogs travel less than a mile when loose.

Step #6. Create a LOST DOG FLYER. Register  the pet with Petco Love Lost, a database that uses facial recognition tools to help lost pets get back to their owners. 

​Step #7. Post the found animal on our PVAS PASS Program page. PVAS PASS is a program to help keep pets of RGV owned by the public out of the shelter system by reconnecting  owners and pets along with providing other resources.

Contacting Animal Control to retrieve the found pet should be the last effort once all resources are exhausted. In the case that you need to turn the found pet over, contact your local department.

  • McAllen Animal Control: (956) 681-2124

  • Edinburg Animal Control: (956) 289-7700

  • Hidalgo County Animal Control: (956) 383-0111

  • City of Palmhurst: (956) 583-8697

  • City of Hidalgo: (956) 843-2737

  • City of La Joya: (956) 581-7002

Found Pet Form


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Research shows us that most animals find their way home within 48 hours if the finder chooses to hold onto the pet instead of bringing it to the shelter. Please consider holding the animal!

If, after all the work you've put into finding this animal's home, you still aren't successful, consider using Home to Home or Rehome,  both pet rehoming sites, or one of the many social media options for rehoming pets.


If you have found an animal in emergent distress, please bring it to the shelter if you can't afford to take it to the vet! We can help triage the animal and then work with you on the next steps. 

Find a Healthy Cat or Kittens?

Be careful--you might be kit-napping!

Kittens need their mom, and though it may look like they have been abandoned, mom is likely right around the corner. 


If you find kittens, don't touch them! Kittens survive much better outside waiting for their mother, who is probably hunting nearby, than in a shelter - any shelter.

You might think you're helping by picking them up, but you may be 'kitnapping' them.


Leave them be and reach out to our Community Cat Program if you have questions.


Not sure if you're kitnapping? Check out our Community Cat Program page for more info on kitnapping.




La directora ejecutiva de PVAS, Donna Casamento, y la presidenta de la junta, Keely Lewis, durante una discusión en vivo en Facebook sobre la crianza de gatos con necesidades especiales, también necesitan hogares de crianza, ¡y cuidarlos no tiene por qué ser complicado!

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