Lost / Found

The lost and found reports are only a reference for the public. All pet owners must come to the animal shelter to look for and identify a lost pet. Do not rely solely on this report to find your pet. 

The City of San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter and staff is not responsible for contacting citizens regarding lost and found animals. However, we will make every attempt to contact owners if the pet has a tag or microchip.  This page is a tool to assist you in locating your pet.

Holding Times

The holding times for animals are from 0 to 5 days, depending on the animal’s condition and temperament and jurisdiction of impound. At the end of the holding time, the animals become property of the City of San Marcos and will be dispositioned as needed.

If you know your animal is at the shelter you must go to the shelter or contact us at 512-805-2650 within the holding period to identify the pet. If your pet is lost, please be sure to visit the shelter at least every 3 days as some pets can show up weeks and even months after they went missing. 

Please Note: Lost and found reports are posted on the Internet and visible to the public. Once the stray hold period is expired, they will not be listed on this page anymore, but may be listed on our Adoptables page if they are still at the shelter.

Found Pets

What should you do if you LOST your pet?


1) Watch the video below for some great tips

2) Post a clear photo and your pet’s information including: age, sex, spay/neuter status, collar color and type, breed, color(s) and any distinguishing marks or characteristics plus last known location (include City and cross streets) and time/day pet went missing on these social media sites:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/lostandfoundpetsofhayscounty/

www.nextdoor.com for your neighborhood area and surrounding areas

www.pawboost.com create a listing, print a poster and automatically notify local Lost & Found Facebook groups!

www.findingrover.com (uses facial recognition software to compare found pets including those inside our shelter to help locate your missing pet)

3) Check www.missionreunite.org for more tips on searching for your lost pet.

What should you do if you FOUND a lost pet?

1) If the pet is friendly and you have a safe spot to care for it for at least 72 hours, we request that you hang onto the pet and follow the steps below. Lost pets have a 300% greater chance of finding their way back home if they stay in the area where they were found. They only have a 16% chance of being reclaimed if they come to the shelter.  You may bring the pet to SMRAS to have it scanned for a microchip or we can send an officer to you. Just call us: 512-805-2650.

2) Post a clear photo and the found pet’s information including: age, sex, spay/neuter status, collar color and type, breed, color(s) and any distinguishing marks or characteristics plus the location where it was found (include City and cross streets) on these social media sites:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/lostandfoundpetsofhayscounty/

www.nextdoor.com for your neighborhood area and surrounding areas

www.pawboost.com create a listing, print a poster and automatically notify local Lost & Found Facebook groups!

www.findingrover.com (uses facial recognition software to compare found pets including those inside our shelter to help locate missing pets).

3) If you cannot hold onto the pet or if the animal is acting aggressively, appears to be injured, ill or is in danger of being hurt, please call 512-805-2650 and an officer will be dispatched.

4) If you have tried to find an owner or cannot provide temporary care for the animal, you may schedule a drop off appointment by CLICKING HERE or call 512-805-2650 for more information.