Lost A Pet

Lost pet in Union County

What to do if you’ve lost your pet in Union County  … or found a pet that might be missing:

Please contact us if you have a lost pet in Union County or if you have found a pet so we can post it on our site.

Phone: 704-283-9126
Email: hsuc@hs-uc.org

Search the neighborhood

  • Talk to neighbors, mail carriers, and children to see if they’ve seen your pet.
  • Post flyers with a description of your pet and phone number where you can be reached in local businesses and around your home.
  • Call local veterinarians and ask if your pet was injured and taken to their clinic.
  • Post flyers at local veterinarian clinics.
  • Visit your local Animal Shelters including the ones in the surrounding counties. You must actually visit in person and provide a flyer with a detailed description of your pet.
  • Find out the holding period of each shelter. Be aware of how much time you have to reclaim you animal before it could be adopted or euthanized.
  • Post on Lost & Found Pets on Craiglist, including a photo and your location.
  • Post a photo and pet details on  Facebook – including Humane Society of Union County (see image to left)  and Lost & Found Dogs – North Carolina (see image to the left).


Q: My indoor-only cat just got out, and now I can’t find him, what should I do?

Lost Cat Behavior:
The silence factor. A lost indoor-only cat WILL NOT come when called, will not answer an owner’s call, and will not meow until the 7th to 10th day. They will not show themselves, will not emerge during daylight hours, and will not allow themselves to be seen or found during this time. In the few instances where owners or neighbors have gotten a glimpse of their lost cats, the majority of cats immediately fled. This behavior in some cases will continue up to seven weeks, possibly longer. 

They’re closer than you think. Research indicates that most lost indoor-only cats are hiding much more closely than most people realize, generally within a 2-3 house radius from their home. They hide in sewers, under storage buildings, between fences and under decks – in the smallest and most unlikely places you can imagine. These cats are frightened and revert to feral cat like behaviors – hide, stay quiet, and don’t move. 

Whenever possible, talk with each and every one of your neighbors as soon as possible and ask them to be on the lookout for your cat. Distribute flyers to each and every house within a 3-block radius. Post larger flyers in each block. Get everyone involved. Talk to the postman, the paperboy, and all the kids in the neighborhood, too. Search thoroughly day and night in your own yard and that of your neighbors. Be sure to bring along a flashlight to look under decks and in dark, cramped spaces. Look in, over, around, and behind everything. Drop off flyers at every veterinary office nearby. Contact all the local rescue groups, and deliver flyers to every shelter and animal control facility in your town.