I've Found a Pet
There are several things that you can do if you have found a stray animal. Below are some suggestions:
If the animal appears friendly and approachable, you can try to confine the animal in a safe area. If the animal is wearing an animal license tag or a rabies tag, you may call our shelter during regular business hours at (719) 544-3005 and we will trace the tag, giving you the pet owner's name and phone number.
In Pueblo and Pueblo County, if the animal is not wearing tags, or if you are unable to bring the animal to the shelter, you may call Pueblo Animal Services at (719) 544-3005 and we will have an officer pick up the animal.
We are unable to pick up stray cats, and also cannot pick up stray dogs outside of Pueblo or Pueblo County. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
While it may be tempting to keep the lost pet at your home, it is likely that the owner will be coming to Pueblo Animal Services to look for their pet. You may place a choice hold on the animal if you're interested in adopting it, but the chances of reuniting the pet with its owner are greater if you bring it to our shelter.
If you choose to care for the stray while you are looking for its owner, you should follow these steps: place ads in local papers, check with neighbors and area veterinarians, hang signs in the area, and file a Found report at Pueblo Animal Services.
If after 30 days the owner has not been found and you still have possession of the animal, you become responsible for licensing, vaccinations and other general care of the pet.