LOST A PET?
If you have lost your pet, you will need to fill out our Lost Animal Report form. Please email us a photo of your lost pet immediately and be sure to come visit the shelter in-person to see if you can identify your pet.
We care for thousands of lost and stray animals each year, and many animals look alike, so it’s very important that you come to Charleston Animal Society to look for your pet. Our staff will walk you through our stray animal areas to see if you can identify your pet. Most strays end up at Charleston Animal Society without collars and tags, so don’t count on our staff identifying your pet by its collar or tag.
Stray animals are held at Charleston Animal Society for five days, so we recommend you look for your pet every three to four days. Filling out a Lost Animal Report does not mean you should stop coming to the shelter to look for your pet. You are responsible for finding your pet.
Lost & Found Hotline: (843) 329-1547
Lost & Found Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Check with other local animal shelters to see if they have your pet:
Dorchester County shelter 843-871-3820; Berkeley County shelter 843-761-0683; and Pet Helpers 843-795-1110;
Call local vets and emergency clinics in your area:
North Charleston Emergency Vet: 744-3372, Mt. Pleasant Emergency Vet: 216-7554, Charleston Veterinary Referral Center: 614-8387
Talk to neighbors – neighborhood kids and trash collectors cover lots of territory in your neighborhood;
Check at school playgrounds, parks, churches and restaurants – places where people gather and where there are food sources;
Make flyers and post them in the neighborhood, grocery and retail stores and vet offices. Be sure to include a photo and your phone number;
Run an ad in the newspaper (Post & Courier phone number 843-722-6500). Be sure to check the found ads daily.
If your pet is microchipped, call the microchip company to be sure your phone number is correct.
Use social media! Post your lost pet on Facebook, you will be amazed at the response you get. If you don’t have a Facebook account, ask a friend or family member to do it for you.
Charleston Animal Society is an open admissions animal shelter serving Charleston County. If you find a pet in Charleston County, you may bring it to Charleston Animal Society during our regular operating hours.
If you find a pet outside of Charleston County, please contact the animal shelter in that county. Charleston Animal Society cannot accept pets that are found outside of Charleston County.
If you find a pet after operating hours, please consider holding onto the pet until Charleston Animal Society opens the next day. If you cannot keep the animal overnight, please call your local police non-emergency number for guidance.
If you find an injured stray animal after Charleston Animal Society is closed for the day, you may take the animal to an Emergency Animal Clinic:
North Charleston: Veterinary Emergency Care 843-744-3372. Mount Pleasant Animal Emergency Clinic 843-216-7554.
You will not be charged for turning in a stray animal, but you will be asked to verify that the animal is stray, so please take your ID to provide necessary information.