Found A Stray

Found a stray animal?
Here is the information that you need to know:

RSPCA does not accept stray animals directly from the community. The reason for this is that it is easier for an owner to locate their lost pet by going to one location to try and find them. If the stray animal at the Randolph County Animal Shelter is not claimed by its family after the legal time limit, it may be transferred to the RSPCA pending approval of the Randolph County Animal Shelter.

If the animal was found in Randolph County

Option 1 – Bringing the animal to the Randolph County Animal Shelter 1370 County Land Road, Randleman

During business hours Monday-Friday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Contact phone numbers:
(336) 683-8235 (Asheboro) (336)878-8235 (Archdale/High Point/Trinity) (336) 315-8235 (Greensboro/Liberty)

You may also hold onto the found animal in your home after filing a found animal report with the Randolph County Animal Shelter.
If the animal appears sick, injured, or aggressive please call ahead, or go to the Randolph County Animal Shelter without the animal first so the staff can assist your individual situation in the best possible way.

Option II – Caring for the found pet in your home
If you prefer to care for the found pet yourself while you search for the owner, immediately contact the Randolph Shelter at (336) 683-8235 and leave a ‘found report’ with a detailed description of when and where the animal was found, as well as detailed description of the animal. Since many animals are microchipped and determining the approximate age and breed of the animal may be difficult you will need to either bring the animal to any of our local veterinary clinics to have the animal scanned for a microchip and appropriately identified. In order to ensure the shelter staff and the owner can properly match the found animal report, you must provide clear color photos of the animal. Make sure that you include the face and body.
You should be cautious when caring for a found animal in your home as you are unfamiliar with the animal’s health and temperament status. It is
extremely wise to keep your pets and children away from the found animal for the safety of all involved and to help reduce the stress and fear many lost pets will experience during this time.

After Hours
If the Randolph County Animal Shelter is closed and your find an animal we suggest that you find a safe place to keep it until they reopen.

If you are unable to immediately locate the owner of a found pet…… ACT FAST!

Please review these additional tips for what you should do when you find a lost pet:
It’s important that you contact all area shelters, including surrounding counties, to see if an owner has reported the animal missing.
Guilford County Animal Shelter information:
4525 West Wendover Ave., Greensboro, NC 27409. Phone: 336.297.5020 • Fax: 336.297.5023 • Email:

A color photo and a phone picture are the most beneficial tools used to locate the owner of a missing pet. Photos can be distributed and phone pictures can be texted and emailed to various sources for identification.
Notify friends, neighbors and local businesses in the area of the neighborhood where you found the animal and provide your contact information so if the owner inquires they will be able to reach you.
Posting found animals on social media sites is one of the best ways to get the word out about a lost or found animal. They cover the maximum amount of area the fastest way possible. Post the found animal on Facebook, Twitter, and other community blogs. On Facebook, type the words ‘lost & found dogs, NC’.
Contact all the veterinary practices, groomers, and pet supply stores in the area. They may have a lost and found bulletin board.
Read the ‘lost’ ads, and take out a ‘found’ ad in the Courier Tribune. It is free. Check for lost animals.
Post flyers in the neighborhood and the area where you found the animal as well as high traffic locations, like schools, gas stations and grocery stores. Include a photo of the animal and contact information. Here is a helpful link to make a FOUND PET flyer:

If the animal was found outside of Randolph County

If you have found a stray animal outside of Randolph County, please contact the county of origin’s shelter to find out what their policies are.
Guilford County 336.297.5020.