Lost a Pet?
We're so sorry you've lost your pet. Here are our top tips to help you find them:
1. report your pet missing
Post your pet online to spread the word. If you live in Warren County or a surrounding county in Kentucky, the first place to do this is:
1. The Warren County Kentucky Lost & Found Pets Page, run by BGWCHS.
Send the page a message that includes:
Next, post your pet on popular Lost and Found sites like:
1. Petco Love Lost
2. Visit and call Shelters
Lost pets are often picked up and taken to a local shelter. If your pet is missing, call and visit your local city or county shelter. If your pet isn't there, continue to visit that shelter often. Shelter workers are busy and descriptions can often be misinterpreted, so visiting is the only way to know for sure that your pet is or is not at a shelter.
If you can't find your pet at your local shelter, call surrounding county shelters and request they be on the lookout, too.
BG/WC Humane Society
1924 Louisville Road, Bowling Green, KY 42101
Allen County Animal Shelter
51 Humane Ln, Scottsville, KY 42164
Barren River Animal Welfare Association
175 Trojan Trail, Glasgow, KY
Butler County Animal Shelter
463 Boat Factory Road Morgantown, KY 42261
Logan County Humane Society of Kentucky
1230 Morgantown Rd Russellville, KY 42276
2194 Ditmore Ford Rd, Franklin, KY 42134
3. SEARCH Close to home
Often lost pets, unless picked up by a bystander, stay within a few miles of home. Recruit friends, family, and neighbors to help you search your area as soon and as much as possible.
When searching, call your pet's name, take something with their scent on it, or leave it out at your home, and make sure to look in spaces where your pet could hide. Cats especially like to find a small, tight place to hide and can stay there for a very long time. Look in spaces like drainage pipes, under vehicles, inside vents, and behind bushes and shrubs.
4. Double check your microchip
If your pet is microchipped, contact the microchip provider to make sure they have your correct contact information on file.
The microchips we provide are from 24PetWatch. Their phone number is 1-866-375-7387.
5. post flyers & Run ads
Make flyers* with your pet's photo; name; breed; when and where he/she went missing; if he/she had a collar, microchip, or was altered; your phone number; any special markings; and offer a "REWARD" (the amount does not matter). Hang up these flyers around your neighborhood and on bulletin boards at local vet offices, pet groomers, and pet supply stores.
Run ads anywhere you can, including the Lost and Found sections of the Daily News and Craigslist.
*If you need help creating a flyer, you may message the Warren County Kentucky Lost and Found Pets Facebook page. Our staff may be able to assist, depending on current caseload. Please include all of the suggested flyer info listed above in your message.
6. Keep Looking
Don't give up! We know every lost pet isn't reunited with its owner, but we have reunited owners with pets who have been missing for months or even longer.
*Most finders are good-doing citizens, but you must also beware of scammers. If anyone asks for a code or payment before bringing your pet to you, it may be a scam.
Found a Pet?
Thank you for caring for a lost pet. Here's what you need to do if you've found a stray pet:
1. Check for tags or Id on the animal
The first thing to do is check for obvious ID on a collar. Some IDs are tags that hang from the collar and some may be on the collar itself.
2. Check with people nearby
Often lost pets are close to home. See if anyone nearby knows the dog or cat first.
3. Report the animal as found
If you live in Warren County or a surrounding county in Kentucky, the first place to report a found pet is:
1. The Warren County Kentucky Lost & Found Pets Page, run by BGWCHS. Please send the page a message that includes:
Next, post the pet you found on popular Lost and Found sites like:
1. Petco Love Lost
4. Take the pet for a microchip scan
It's very important that you take any found pet to your local shelter. They can perform a microchip scan and compare the pet to lost pet reports. If you can't capture the pet or are uncomfortable doing so, then give local animal control a call.
During normal business hours, depending on your location, call:
BG Animal Protection: 270-393-4000
Warren County Animal Control: 270-842-1633
During normal business hours, call:
BGWCHS's Community Cat Program: 270-715-0937
For after-hour emergencies, for either cats or dogs, you may call the BGWCHS emergency line at 270-202-9136.
A Special Note for Community Cats
If you find a cat that is ear-tipped (missing the tip of its left ear), the cat is likely part of our Community Cat Program. An ear-tip is the universal sign of a community cat that is cared for and has been altered and vaccinated. We do not recommend removing an ear-tipped cat from its outdoor home unless it is in distress - they are already home! However, if you find a community cat that is reproducing and doesn't appear ear-tipped, please call our community cat hotline to inquire about free trap-neuter-return (TNR) services within Warren County at 270-715-0937.
5. TAKE the pet TO a SHELTER
The best thing you can do for a lost pet is take it to a local shelter, if you've completed all the steps above. Often, owners will continue to look at the shelter and may never think to look for "Found" posters or certain online Lost and Found sites.
If you'd like to house the animal for any time, talk to your local shelter. Shelters are often overcrowded and only required to hold stray pets for 5 days in Kentucky, so it may be helpful to ask.
You should only house a pet if you've discussed this with your local shelter first. You want to make sure the shelter knows about the pet, the pet has been scanned for a microchip, and has been posted on all relevant Lost and Found sites, especially the Warren County Kentucky Lost and Found Facebook page.
Tips to Prevent Losing Your Pet
Community Cat Hotline
Hours of Operation
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday | 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday | CLOSED
Saturday | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday | 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
*Veterinary services are not available every day. Please call ahead to confirm that a Vet is available. Our Vet normally does examinations on animals between 10 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Other services may be available between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
1924 Louisville Road
Bowling Green, KY 42101
After-Hours EMERGENCY Line