The Carteret County Humane Society (CCHS) is an open admission, non-profit organization for residents of Carteret County. All pets that are picked up by the Carteret County Animal Control are brought to our shelter. We accept stray animals from the public as well as from Animal Control. We highly recommend that if your pet is lost, you file a lost report with CCHS, complete with a picture and detailed description of your pet. You should also check back with CCHS in person every couple of days as descriptions can be misrepresenting and many pets are especially difficult to match up to lost reports.
The law requires that stray animals be held for a period of time so that owners can find and reclaim them. Animals are held for seventy-two (72) hours (not including Sundays or holidays). After this time, the animal is placed up for adoption and becomes the property of CCHS. For this reason, it is important that you check with CCHS via phone and in person frequently during the first few days of losing your pet.
You may also consider:
- Checking with local veterinarians in case your animal was injured and taken there.
- Hang flyers in your neighborhood. Check with your neighbors and mail carriers. Offer a reward – even a small one is an incentive. Make sure to include a phone number and description of your pet (pictures are great).
- Place ads in your local newspaper.
- Report lost or found pets to Crystal Coast Lost and Found Facebook page.
- Follow local social media pages
If you live close to other counties, keep in mind your pet may have traveled into those counties or may have been picked up by a concerned citizen and taken to other shelters. Please consider contacting the animal shelters outside of Carteret County. We have listed some below: