An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! 4 out of 5 pets are lost at some point in their life but there ARE things pet owners can do to prevent their pets from roaming and reduce the amount time spent away from home.
- Spay/Neuter your pet! Pets that are not at the mercy of their hormonal urges are much less likely to wander away from home. Talk to your veterinarian about scheduling your pet’s surgery or visit our Resources page for low cost options if cost is a barrier.
- Make sure your pet is always wearing a collar and tags with your contact information. If the tags bother you, you can always write your pet’s name and your phone number in sharpie on the collar.
- Microchip your pet! Talk to your vet about microchipping your pet. This is a quick, easy procedure than will insure your pet is returned to you if ever lost without his collar and tags. HSNBA also offers microchipping at the shelter. It is $20 for intact animals (not spayed or neutered) and $10 for animals who have been spayed or neutered.
- Periodically check your fence, you’d be surprised how quickly a dog can dig a hole or pry loose fence boards to make their great escape. Repair any questionable areas immediately!
- Take extra special care of your pet when thunderstorms are in the area, many pets find storms especially disorienting and will take drastic measures to get away during a bad storm. Keeping them safely indoors during bad weather is the best course of action to prevent a pet from running away.
- The same goes for fireworks – around New Years and 4th of July is a very busy time at animal shelters because many animals are so distraught by the strange noises, they run away and become disoriented. Keep your pets indoors during fireworks season!
I’ve LOST a Pet
Check here first. Any stray animal picked up by New Braunfels or Comal County Lost and Found will be brought to HSNBA. We also hold strays for the City of Marion. Citizens are also encouraged to bring strays found in our area to HSNBA.
Post on the Facebook Page “Comal County Lost and Found Dogs”, any neighborhood Facebook or Next Door pages you may be on.
Print and post signs near where the pet was lost. You don’t have to be a graphics wizard; this site will help you make effective signs in just few minutes. Consider including a little white lie by putting “needs medicine” on the flyer or internet posts. If someone unscrupulous has your pet, they will be more likely to return them if they think they are sick.
E-Mail us! Send a picture, a description, where the pet was last seen and when you last saw it to LostandFound@HSNBA.org. You can also send us the message via Facebook Messenger.
Please keep in mind, YOU are the only one who can truly identify your pet – do not rely on shelter descriptions, including breed, sex, and color. We are a very busy shelter and mistakes can be made, so if you cannot come in to look for yourself, please try to check our website every day, which updates every night at midnight.
Don’t give up hope!
I’ve FOUND a Pet
If you cannot safely contain the pet for any length of time, please bring it to the shelter. Shelter staff works very hard to reunite lost pets with their owners. If transportation is an issue, you can call Animal Control. If you found the pet within the City Limits of New Braunfels, call 830-608-2183. If you are outside the City Limits but within Comal County, call 830-885-4883.
You can take the pet to any vet clinic or the animal shelter to have it scanned for a microchip free of charge. The vet clinic can help you track the microchip but we also recommend calling or e-mailing the shelter as we have some additional resources we use to track down owners via the microchip. Keep the microchip number handy!
Post the found pet on “Comal County Lost and Found Dogs”, any neighborhood Facebook or Next Door pages you may be on.
Put up signs near where you found the pet. You don’t have to be a graphics wizard; this site will help you make effective signs in just few minutes.
E-mail a picture, a description and where the pet was found LostandFound@HSNBA.org. You can also send us the message via Facebook Messenger.
Please keep in mind if you care for the pet for 3 days, it is considered your property, so if you are not prepared for a new pet, bring it to HSNBA before the 72 hour window has closed!