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Lost & Found

If you have lost a pet please contact Almost Home immediately to complete a lost report.  AHHS also strongly recommends visiting the shelter in person to look through our stray holding area and sending a photo to info@almosthomehumane.org.  You are the best person to identify your pet and we recommend visiting frequently while your pet is missing. Almost Home also strongly recommends sending a photo of your missing pet to Lost and Found Pets of Greater Lafayette on Facebook.

If you have a found a pet you have several options.  First, if you plan to keep the pet while you search for an owner you must leave a found report (email the pets information to info@almosthomehumane.org or call 765-474-5222) with AHHS and our staff would be happy to scan the pet for a microchip. All found pets that are remaining with the finder will be pictured on the AHHS website.  A photo of the found pet may be sent to info@almosthomehumane.org.  If you do not have a camera or are unable to send the photo, Animal Control will visit you to take a photo of the pet.  

If you do not bring the pet to AHHS for a microchip scan, please send all of the following information to info@almosthomehumane.org:  date pet was found, exact location found, description of pet (fur color, eye color, markings, male/female) and any identification the pet was wearing (collar, harness, chain, etc.) and a photo of the pet.

We also recommend sending a photo of the found pet to Lost and Found Pets of Greater Lafayette on Facebook.  It is a City of Lafayette ordinance that all found pets be reported to Almost Home within 48 hours.  A found pet does not legally belong to the finder until after it has been in the finder's possession for more than 30 days per the City of Lafayette ordinance.

If you would like to leave a stray pet with us you may bring the pet to AHHS (1705 S. 2nd St.) or call Animal Control to pick up the pet (Lafayette:  765-807-1200 & West Lafayette:  765-775-5200).  Almost Home will accept any stray pet found within the city limits of Lafayette or West Lafayette.  If you found a pet outside of the city limits but within Tippecanoe County please call  765-423-9321.

If you have lost or found a pet outside of Tippecanoe County please contact your local sheriff's department.



What should I do if I find a cat and/or kittens outside?

Almost Home Humane Society is proud of the fact that our citizens care so deeply about the welfare of pets in our community and we are happy that many people’s first instinct is to always bring a pet they have found to AHHS for shelter.  However, there are a few instances where we recommend leaving the pets right where you’ve found them.

  1. Have you found a cat outdoors that has a “tipped” left ear?  If you find a cat that has had the top portion of its left ear removed (tipped) that is a sign that the cat is part of a Community Cat Caregiver’s Colony.  The ear tip signifies that the cat is already spayed or neutered and is part of a colony.  It is best to leave these cats where they are found because they are being cared for with other cats in the area.  Feral/community cats are not considered “pet” cats by the city     ordinances and it is recognized that they are best suited for an outdoor lifestyle.
  2. I’ve found a litter of kittens, should I bring them to you?  When we find a litter of kittens, our good-hearted instincts tell us to rush to the aid of these fragile felines. Thankfully, human   intervention is typically not required, so please do not “kit-nap” the kittens. In fact, the best thing you can do is leave the kittens alone. Mom will likely return shortly, and it’s critical that the kittens remain in her care as she offers the best chance for survival. If you are extremely certain that the kittens are orphaned, you can then step in and help.  Even though AHHS, is always willing to help kittens in need, kittens with mom have a much better rate of survival whether in the wild or in a foster home so please try to capture both mom and kittens if they are in danger.  Want to help these tiny felines that you’ve found?  Help Almost Home by becoming a foster parent for the litter.  You will get all of the supplies from AHHS to care for the kittens in your home until it is 8 weeks of age.
  3. My neighborhood is overrun with cats, what can I do?  Community cats are present in most neighborhoods in our area and the best plan of action for these cats is to spay or neuter them and let them remain in the areas where they are comfortable and at home.  You can learn about becoming a TNR Community Cat Caregiver by calling 765-474-5222.  Help us fight pet overpopulation in our community by assisting AHHS with trapping these cats and getting them fixed.