3 things you can do when you find a lost pet in Birmingham

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Not a lost pup, but my grandparent’s neighborhood dog. (Summer Guffey / Bham Now)

If you’re anything like my partner who picks up almost every stray she sees, then you might want to keep reading. We’ve gathered a few local resources from vets to shelters you’ll want to know, so you’ll know what to do when you find a lost pet in Birmingham.

Post on social media

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Sharing is caring. (Summer Guffey / Bham Now)

It can be tempting to automatically post a picture of the lost animals, but sometimes it’s best to post on social media that you found a lost pet with your contact information. Let people reach out to you and ask them to describe the dog. This way the pet can get to the correct owner.

BONUS: If you’ve picked up wildlife off the road, then check out this guide on the best course of action here.

2. Take to a vet

Birmingham, Alabama, emergency vet clinic, Veterinary Specialists of Birmingham
David I. Dismukes, DVM, MS, DACVS, with patient Remi and his humans. (Veterinary Specialists of Birmingham)

Hopefully, the lost pet belongs to someone, so the best course of action is to take the animal to the nearest vet. If the little guy has a chip, the vet can scan and get in contact with the rightful owner.

On the weekends it can be difficult to find an open veterinary clinic. Here are three vet clinics in the Birmingham area open 24 hours on the weekend.

Some other vets in Birmingham

Red Mountain Animal Clinic

Nall Daniels Animal Hospital

Avondale Animal Hospital

Vulcan Park Animal Care

VCA Becker Animal Hospital

Homewood Animal Hospital

Green Springs Animal Clinic

Don’t forget these clinics as well:  Cahaba Mountain Brook Animal Clinic, Standifer’s Animal Clinic and Cat Haven Veterinary Clinic.

3. Take to a shelter

Shelby Humane
Shave a puppy! (Shelby Humane)

Found a lost pet in Birmingham? The Greater Birmingham Humane Society has three separate locations where you can help an owner reunite with their animal.

P.S.: Taking an animal to the shelter should be the last option, according to the Shelby County Humane Society. After seven days of being surrendered, the animals at Shelby Humane will be put up for adoption.

Shelby County Humane suggests that you should complete a report on the lost pet on lost.petcolove.org, lostmydoggie.com or lostmykitty.com.

Did we miss a vet clinic you trust to take care of a lost pet you found in Birmingham? Tag us @BhamNow to let us know!

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Summer Guffey

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