Become a Friendly Finder!

If you’ve found a stray pet, read our tips on reuniting lost pets with their families.


If you have not had luck finding a pet’s owner, the pet is not microchipped, and you are a DeKalb County resident, please consider becoming a Friendly Finder and keeping the stray for just 5 days to increase the chances of finding an owner nearby. By doing so, you’ll keep a pet out of the shelter and save space for other animals in need.

  • To become a Friendly Finder, bring the pet to DeKalb County Animal Services if you found the pet in DeKalb County and let us know you’d like to be a Friendly Finder. Please have the address or intersection of where you originally found the pet ready!
  • We’ll give the pet their vaccines, a microchip and take a photo for our website while you fill out a Friendly Finder form. If you need to borrow pet supplies from us, you can indicate that on the form.
  • You and your new buddy will go home with any supplies we’ve provided, and their photo will appear on our website and in our shelter in case the owner is looking for them.
  • Our community caseworker will contact you via email within 24 hours with our Animal Advocate packet which includes tips on how to help find the owner. They will also be available during the five days you have the pet should you need their assistance, and they will check in with you at the end of the five-day period.


For more information about our Friendly Finders program, please contact us: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.