Found a Lost Animal

If you found a stray animal, there are various options for action:
  • Attempt to help the animal return to its home by making flyers and asking neighbors.
  • Bring the animal to the City Animal Shelter at 1640 S. Armstrong Avenue.
  • Call 479-444-3456 for an Animal Control Officer to pick up the animal.

Be Cautious


The most important thing when you find a lost animal is to never approach an animal that you think may be dangerous. Your personal safety is very important to us. If you encounter a dog or cat that appears to be friendly, check for tags and call the numbers to assist the animal in getting back home. If the animal is not wearing tags, bring her/him to our Animal Shelter at 1640 S. Armstrong Avenue or the nearest veterinary clinic to have the animal scanned for a microchip.

Keeping a Lost Animal


If you have found a stray dog or cat, but do not wish to surrender it to the Shelter, file a found pet report here. Be aware that once the animal has been in your possession for 72 hours you will need to make an appointment with the City of Fayetteville Animal Shelter to surrender it to the Shelter. For more information, contact Animal Services at 479-444-3456.

Animal Pick Up


During normal operating hours, we will come to pick up stray dogs within the Fayetteville city limits. Stray cats must be confined in a carrier of some sort before we can pick them up. If you cannot get close enough to the animal to check for tags or it is not wearing tags, call Animal Services at 479-444-3456 so that we can attempt to capture it. An Animal Services Officer will set humane traps to attempt to capture the animal, if needed.