What to Do If You’ve Lost a Pet

File a Lost Report

If you have lost a pet, file a Lost Report with AWLA as soon as possible. We also advise you to file reports with other local shelters and utilize websites like Pawboost and NextDoor to post about your pet. You can file a report at the link below or call AWLA at 703-931-9241

Check Found Reports

Found Pet Reports can be viewed here

Please note if the animal says “In custody” it means the animal is in the custody of AWLA. If it says “found report” under the animal, it means we have received a found report for this animal, but it is not in our custody. Our website updates this list in real time. 

What to Do If You’ve Found a Pet

File a Found Report

If you find a stray animal in Arlington County or the City of Falls Church, file a Found Report with AWLA as soon as possible, and then with other local shelters. You can file a report at the link below or call AWLA at 703-931-9241.

Check for Identification

  • If there’s an ID tag, contact the owner immediately.
  • If there is no ID tag, consider taking the animal to a local veterinary office or AWLA to be scanned for a microchip.

Spread the Word

Notify your friends and neighbors. Post photo fliers around your neighborhood, and on local sites like NextDoor and PawBoost.

Lost & Found FAQs