If You Have Lost Your Pet
It is possible that your pet was running at large and was picked up by the Weatherford/Parker County Animal Shelter. The best thing to do is to come into the shelter so the staff can take you to the kennels and you can look for your lost pet. If you are unable to make it into the shelter please visit the shelter dashboard section, all animals brought in to the shelter are listed there. If you need further assistance, please call 817-598-4111 and the staff will try to determine if we have picked up your animal.
If Your Pet Has Been Picked Up by the ShelterYou must provide a current certificate of rabies vaccination. A rabies vaccine must be given annually by a licensed veterinarian. If you do not have a current rabies vaccination certificate, you have two options:
- Wait until the next time our vet will be at the Animal Shelter and let him administer a rabies vaccine, at a fee of $10.00 or
- Contact your vet and request that he/she make a trip to the Animal Shelter to administer the vaccine.
Please refer to the entire City Fee Schedule to determine other possible costs associated with retrieving your animal from the Animal Shelter.
You should try and keep an updated picture of your pet so in circumstances such as these you can email a picture and description to the shelter staff at firstname.lastname@example.org, be sure to include your name, address (or location animal went missing), date your pet went missing and a phone number.
If Your Pet Is Not At The Shelter
You may also want to print out several missing flyers and leave them with veterinarians, groomers, pet supply stores or any businesses that will allow you to post the picture.
There are websites dedicated to reuniting lost pets with their families such as FidoFinder.com or petamberalert.com.
The web offers a large source of networking possibilities and is a great place to post missing pets. Be sure and write down everywhere you post so when you do find your pet you are able to go back and remove or update the info so you do not get calls or emails after your pet is found.
The shelter staff does their best at recognizing and remembering lost pets but we do take in fifty to one hundred animals every week so it is always best that you continue to check back with the shelter regularly
Loss Prevention TipsAlthough we can’t always tell what our animals are thinking or predict what they may do, we can take certain precautions to try and keep them safe and at home where they belong.
Your pet needs a secure area inside and outside to eat, sleep and play. Yards should be fenced and checked regularly for weak spots or holes. Sometimes privacy fences may have a loose board that is still standing but can be pushed aside with a sturdy nose! Tethering is allowed but only for short periods of time with supervision. It should not and cannot be the only means of confinement. Some dogs may need a good 8-10ft chain link enclosure with a top to keep them from climbing out.
Animals need exercise and ones that are kept mainly inside should be allowed to go for walks. Before you leave the house you should make sure the collar is secure and fits tight enough that it will not slip over their head but not so tight that it is choking them. It is recommended that while on your walk, you wear the leash handle on your wrist and keep a firm grip on the leash.
Your pets rabies tag should also be attached to the collar and if your pet does get away from you that tag can serve as a way for us or a concerned citizen to contact you. Make sure you keep your information (phone number and address) updated with your veterinarian.
- Microchipping - A microchip is a permanent form of identification that is implanted under the skin of your pet. Shelters and veterinary offices are able to read the microchip and get information about your pet. Once your pet has a microchip, it is imperative that you register the microchip and ensure that your contact information is up-to-date with the microchip company. If your dog does not have a microchip and you would like to purchase one, the shelter does offer the service at a $20 fee.
- Personalized Tag - If your pet does get out, an identification tag can easily get him back home. Many pet stores offer personalized tags.
- Spay\Neuter Your Pet - Pets that are spayed or neutered are less likely to roam because their instinct to mate will be lessened. By spaying or neutering not only are you helping keep the pet population at a minimum but you are more likely to keep your pet happy, healthy and at home with you.
- Secure Your Home - The best way to prevent a lost pet is by ensuring that he cannot get out of his home or play space.