Delaware Office of Animal Welfare

I’ve Found A Pet

infoFor stray dogs, contact the following animal control agencies depending on your location:

  • Delaware Animal Services – New Castle, Kent and Sussex Counties – 302-255-4646
  • City of Newark – Newark Police – 302-366-7111
  • City of Dover – Dover Police – 302-736-7111

Have you found a stray animal that you’re not sure what to do with? Here are a few simple steps you can take to ensure that the animal is safely returned to its owner.

  1. Check for identification tags
  2. If you have found a dog with a county or state dog license tag, click here to enter the tag number
  3. Have pet scanned for a microchip at a local shelter or veterinary center.
  4. Check the State Lost and Found Pet Registry to see if the animal has been reported missing.
  5. File an online found animal report on the State Lost and Found Pet Registry, as well as other local animal shelters. If you need assistance, please call our DAS Dispatch Center at 302-255-4646.
  6. Stray dogs may be brought to our sheltering partner, Brandywine Valley SPCA during business hours. The shelter is located at 600 South Street, New Castle, DE 19720. Shelter hours of operation are: Tuesday – Friday, 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday Closed.
  7. You can keep the animal in your home and look for the owner. Be sure to file a “found report” online and give a detailed description of the animal.
  8. DAS officers will pick up stray dogs from your location. We ask that the animal be confined to your home or yard. Be aware that depending on call volume and priorities, it may take some time for an officer to respond. Contact DAS at 302-255-4646 to schedule a pick up.

A Note About Stray Cats
Cats are allowed outdoors in the state of Delaware. If you have found a cat, you might have found someone’s pet who has either been let out or escaped the house. Cats are more likely to find their own way home than be reclaimed at the shelter. The best thing you can do for a healthy, adult cat who is not in imminent danger is allow him or her to find their way home and only intervene if you are concerned for the cat’s safety.

If you find a stray cat that is severely injured or in imminent danger, contact us at 302-255-4646