WAG Rescue receives calls every day about a lost or found dog. This is a free service we provide for the community. Our goal is to help reunite an owner with their lost dog and to be a resource for found/stray dogs. We are so grateful to all the kind people that get involved when they find a dog and help them to safety.
WAG Rescue recommends using good judgment when helping a stray dog. They are almost always frightened and are possibly injured. Always use caution if you’re unsure of a dog’s temperament. If you have any concerns about the dog and your safety please contact Hays County Animal Control - 512-393-7896.
Hays County Animal Control has four (4) officers that cover 688 square miles (excluding the cities of San Marcos, Buda & Kyle). These officers work hard to ensure the safety of all animals, including live stock.
Please see our list of Lost or Found dogs at the bottom of the page.
What to do when you have lost your dog or found a stray.
- Post a sign in the area the dog was lost or found. It is very important to do this as soon as possible. Make the letters on the sign big enough to read as someone drives by. Do not make the sign to busy. Just basic info and a phone number. PUT A SIGN IN YOUR YARD!
- Please complete our Dog Lost & Found form (on the left side of the page). WAG Rescue will post the information and a picture of the dog on our website, our FaceBook page, other websites and the local newspapers. Please include a picture as this is very helpful. Completing this form is the fastest way to get us the information.
- Call area Veterinary offices and report the lost or found dog. Most lost dogs do not have any identification such as tags, but the Veterinary office may recognize the description. Also, Vet offices keep a lost & found call log. Some dogs are micro chipped, so please try to take the dog to any Veterinary office and they will scan for a chip. If you cannot take the dog to the Vet, WAG Rescue owns a micro chip scanner and will make every effort to come out and scan the dog.
- Call the San Marcos Animal Shelter, 512-805-2650. Report the lost or found dog. If you have lost your dog and Hays County Animal Control picks up your dog they will take the dog to the shelter in San Marcos. You must go in person to claim your dog.
- Drive around and call out to your dog. Remember to back track as your dog may have heard you calling but didn't make it to the road before you drove by. Dogs usually are active and moving when it is their regular feeding time, and not active when it is their usual napping time. They are more active when it is cooler in the morning and evening and resting somewhere when it is hot. Dogs will gravitate to where there is water, check the creeks/river. Dogs will gravitate to homes that have dogs.
- Post to our Facebook page. Include the area the dog was lost with cross street or subdivision name and name of city. Include picture.
AREA VETERINARIANS: Wimberley – Blanco - Dripping Springs – San Marcos
Wimberley Veterinary Clinic 512-847-5630
Cypress Creek Veterinary Hospital 512-847-5514
4 Paws Veterinary Hospital 512-396-7297
Dripping Springs Animal Hospital 512-858-4787
Sunset Canyon Veterinary Clinic 512-894-0266
Blanco Veterinary Clinic 830-833-5140
San Marcos Veterinary Clinic 512-392-7107
Animal Care of Hays County 512-754-6333
- Ask around your neighborhood, especially kids, whether they have seen the dog. The dog’s home may be close by. The dog you found may very well belong to a worried family that didn't safeguard their yard well enough to keep him inside.
- Contact local shelters & rescue groups to report a found dog.
- San Marcos Animal Shelter website. This website is for the public and is not always checked by the shelter. You can fill out a lost & found listing. The listing remains on their website viewable to the public for 30 days.You must go IN PERSON to check and see if they have your dog. They cannot provide accurate information on the phone.
- PAWS Shelter & Humane Society. PAWS is a small no-kill shelter located in Kyle, Texas.
- Thundering Paws Animal Sanctuary. Thundering Paws is a small no-kill sanctuary in Dripping Springs, Texas.
WAG Rescue is a small organization and cannot extend our resources to other counties. Please visit our Link Page for resources outside Hays County.
What If I Can't Find the Owners?
Please understand that WAG Rescue does not have a facility, yet. We rely entirely on foster homes. WAG Rescue may be able to take the found dog depending on the health condition, behavior the number of dogs in our system and available funds. Found dogs are taken to one of the local Veterinarians we work with to be checked out before taking to a foster home. We can not take dogs after hours or when the vet offices are closed.
If you can foster the dog you found, WAG Rescue will have the dog examined by a Veterinarian, brought current on shots, tested for parasites and spayed or neutered. WAG Rescue will also provide all medication, food and supplies for the dog while you foster the dog. Please read about our Foster Program.
LOST & FOUND DOGS
WAG Rescue will make every attempt to locate the owner of a lost dog. Found dogs described below have been reported to WAG Rescue, and the dog may or may not be in our possession. Found dogs received by WAG Rescue will be held 7 - 10 days and then the dog becomes the property of WAG Rescue and will be placed up for adoption. Owners that come forward before the dog is adopted, and can show definitive proof of ownership can reclaim their dog. There is a fee of $50 to cover our initial costs.