Did You Find a Lost or Stray Animal?

What to do when you find a lost or stray dog:

  • Your safety should always come first. Do not attempt to handle a stray animal. Call the Animal Control Officer for town the dog is found in.
  • Do not transport the dog to another town.
  • Strays brought to us will be vaccinated at the owner’s expense.
  • Dogs cannot be returned to owners without proof of current rabies vaccination and license per New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets regulations.
  • Please keep your dogs up to date on rabies vaccine & license or it will delay return to owner.
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What to do when you find a lost or stray cat:

  • Some jurisdictions provide animal control services for cats; some do not. Check with your animal control officer and call the shelter if your jurisdiction does not provide services.
  • Stray cats (not ferals) may be brought in as space allows. Please call us to check for availability.
  • Strays brought to us will be vaccinated at the owner’s expense.
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If Your Cat or Dog Is Missing...

If your cat or dog is missing there are a few things you should do right away:

  • If it is a dog, call the Dog Control Officer for your town. Check the Dog Control Officer list for contact information.
  • Click the Petco Logo to navigate to Petco helps reunite lost pets with their families. There you can enter a photo of your missing pet and search their national lost and found pet database to find them.
  • You are welcome to post a missing pet notice on the Potsdam Humane Society Facebook page.
  • Reach out to North Country Drone Search & Recovery at (518) 955-5656 or

Animal Surrender Process

Always call ahead to make an appointment and see if there is space available before bringing your animal to the shelter. You must present a photo ID with address to surrender an animal. Thank you!

Surrender Fees: non-contracted towns

  • Dogs & Cats – $50.00
  • Domestic cats only. Sorry, no feral cats.

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