What to do if you Find a Dog During Fourth of July Week

If you find a pet, please follow the steps below before bringing them to the shelter. Studies show most lost dog are found less than a mile from their homes. 40% are found less than 400 feet from their home! Pets who are brought to the shelter are statistically less likely to be reunited with their families.

When you find a dog's owner before bringing them to the shelter, you are:

  • Increasing their likelihood of being reunited with their owner. Only about 20% of the animals that came to the shelter between July 1 and July 10 of last year were reunited with their owners. Since most dogs are found within a mile of their home, their best chance of being reunited with their families is by staying out of the shelter.
  • Freeing up space for the animals who need us most. We take in thousands of critically injured animals every year. When you keep a healthy dog out of the shelter, it frees up space and resources for the animals who need us most.
  • Helping prevent the spread of diseases in the shelter. We have been in a critical space crisis at the shelter since February. Overpopulated shelters are a breeding ground for deadly viruses and diseases. Reuniting a dog with its owner ensures they remain healthy and disease-free.
  • Helping us manage wait times. Fourth of July is one of the busiest times at the shelter. Because of this, we often see wait times exceeding 3-4 hours. When you help reunite a dog with its owner, the shelter can focus on assisting people who are unable to locate a dog's owners.

Do you live in Henderson, Boulder City, or Nye County?

If you live in Henderson, Boulder City, or Nye County and lose your pet, you will need to contact your local shelter for next steps.

For more information about lost pets in Henderson, click here.

For more information about lost pets in Boulder City, click here.

For more information about lost pets in Nye County, click here.

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