Important Tips


Tips on Keeping Your Animal from Getting Lost

1. Please take responsibility to have your pet spayed or neutered. Animal Control has to eliminate hundreds of homeless animals each year due to overpopulation. Some of these animals are simply lost, wearing no I.D. tag, and the owners are never found.

2. Always make sure your pet is wearing a current I.D. tag. Having your pet micro-chipped is a great way to make sure that they can be traced back to you. Almost any vet can do this simple, inexpensive procedure.  Read more about the microchip at  Keep a file with your pet’s license number, rabies certificate and a current photograph.

3. If you have a fenced yard, make sure the fence is escape proof. If you don’t have or don’t want a fence, you might consider invisible fencing.

4. If your animal is out-of-control, you might consider obedience classes.

What To Do If Your Pet Is Lost

1. Post your pet on the Nashville Pet Finders website.

2. Post flyers, with picture of animal, in your neighborhood, at local shopping centers, gas stations, and at local animal shelters. Use brightly colored paper, making sure you write large and legibly. Cover flyers in plastic sheets, if possible, to protect from the elements.

3. Visit local animal shelters daily. Don’t just phone. With more animals than staff, it is easy for an animal to get overlooked. If you are not finding your pet in local shelters, try visiting shelters in surrounding counties, as you never know where the people that find your pet might take them. See our links page for information on animal shelters in Davidson and Williamson County.

4. Place an ad in the lost and found pet section of one or more local papers.

5. A good person to ask about sightings of your pet in your own neighborhood is the mail delivery person, the garbage collector and children, who often see the same pets every day. Give them a picture of your pet.


1. To insure your safety, never meet the potential finder of your pet in a neighborhood that you are not comfortable or familiar with. Perhaps bring another person with you or meet in a safe, well-lit public place.

2. To avoid being the victim of a scam, never send money or leave money in a place with promises of your pet being brought to you later. Make sure you have your pet in your hands before handing over reward money.

3. When the potential finder of your pet calls you on the phone, let them describe your pet to you in detail, so as to be sure that it is indeed your pet.

4. Stay alert to the new scams that are being circulated by visiting where you can read about the latest pet scams.

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