WAG Rescue receives calls every day about a lost or found pet. Our goal is to help reunite an owner with their lost pet and to be a community resource for found/stray dogs. We will post on our website as well as our Facebook page.

Please make sure your dog has a collar and id tag. All dogs in Texas are required by law to have a rabies vaccination. The rabies tag is registered at your vet with your information and makes a good id tag. Even better, get your dog micro chipped. Collars come off and a microchip is the best way to protect your dog. Please have your dog spayed or neutered. Male dogs that are not neutered are the most common lost dog. Wag rescue provides dog spay/neuter vouchers to the community.

What To Do If You Have Lost Your Pet

The first 48 Hours are critical so start your search immediately!

Complete our LOST & FOUND FORM. Please provide all the information including a picture. This email is sent to our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. address.

Drive around - Remember to back track as your dog may have heard you calling but didn't make it to the road before you drove by. REMEMBER THEY ARE AFRAID AND MAY NOT COME TO YOU. Lost dogs are can be skittish or scared of vehicles and too much noise, they are most likely to head to woods, or somewhere where they can hide. Extend out your search each day the dog is lost. Dogs can travel a great distance when they are lost and afraid. Ask around your neighborhood, especially kids, whether they have seen your dog.

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. Facebook gets the best and fastest results. Also use social media to your advantage. Post, Share, Tweet, Pin, Instagram, the list goes on. Make sure you post pictures, descriptions, contact information, exact location pet was lost INCLUDING CITY.

Call the microchip company if your pet is chipped and report they are lost. This is also important to make sure your information is current. If you don't know your dog's microchip information your veterinarian should have this information.

Post a sign in the area the pet was lost. 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, easily read 10' to 20' away. Do not make the sign to busy. Just basic info and a phone number. Add picture if the pet is hard to describe. Offer REWARD. You don't have to put how much on the sign, but it makes people read the sign. Put a sign in your car window.

Call your Vet immediately and report your pet lost. Call other Vets in area and report your pet lost (see area Vet numbers below).

Call rescue groups/shelters (see numbers below)

If you have lost your dog and Hays County Animal Control picks up your dog they will take the dog to the San Marcos Animal Shelter. You can try calling the San Marcos Animal Shelter, 512-805-2650, but they will tell you that you have to come in person to identify your dog. You have a maximum of 72 hours before the San Marcos Shelter takes possession of the dog.

Post on the San Marcos Animal Shelter website. This website is for the public. The listing remains on their website viewable to the public for 30 days.

Post an ad on Craig's List. Please be careful when someone responds. If someone says they have your pet...NEVER GO ALONE TO MEET UP WITH YOU. MEET IN A PUBLIC LOCATION.

What To Do If You Have Found A Dog Or Cat

We will make every effort to take in a found/stray dog, but since we do not have a facility we are sometimes limited on if or when we can take the dog. It is very helpful if the finder can assist by holding onto the found dog for a couple of days, especially on the weekend. We can almost always take a puppy as they are easy to place in a foster home.

Please read below What If I Can't Find the Owners?

We are grateful to all the kind people that get involved when they find a dog or cat 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. Please note that if you are unable to catch the dog, then we at WAG Rescue will not be able to catch the dog either.

We DO NOT take in found cats/kittens. Please contact ARF, 512-847-2878; PAWS in Kyle, 512-268-1611 or the San Marcos Animal Shelter, 512-805-2650.

Complete our LOST & FOUND FORM. Please provide all the information including a picture. This email is sent to our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. address.

Post to our Facebook Page. Facebook gets the best and fastest results. Also use social media to your advantage. Post, Share, Tweet, Pin, Instagram, the list goes on. Make sure you post pictures, descriptions, contact information, exact location pet was lost INCLUDING CITY.

Post a sign in the area the pet was 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, easily read 10' to 20' away. Do not make the sign too busy. Just basic info and a phone number. Add picture if the pet is hard to describe.

Call area veterinary offices and report the found dog. (see numbers below) The veterinary office may recognize the dog. Also, vet offices keep a lost & found call log. Some dogs are microchipped, 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 microchip scanner and will make every effort to come out and scan the dog. Please remember we are volunteers and we are not available 24/7.

Contact local groomers as they may recognize the dog, especially if the dog looks recently groomed.

Ask around your neighborhood, especially kids, whether they have seen the dog. The dog’s home may be close by.

Call groomers and local rescue groups/shelters. (see numbers below)

What If I Can't Find the Owners?

95% of the dogs WAG Rescue takes in are found dogs that have no identification and the owners never claim. We do not know if the owner just does not know how to search for their dog or if the dog was dumped. The condition of the dog usually lets us know if they have been abandoned.

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, AND WHERE THE DOG IS LOCATED. If the dog is in a major city, which has many resources, or you are 50 miles outside of Wimberley, please do not ask us to take in the found dog. When we receive found dogs they are taken to one of the local Veterinarians we work with to be checked out before taking to a foster home. We cannot take dogs after hours or when the vet offices are closed. WAG Rescue is a small organization and cannot extend our resources to other counties. Please visit our Link Page for resources outside Hays County.

If you can foster the dog you found, WAG Rescue will have the dog examined by a Veterinarian, tested for parasites, dewormed and vaccinated while we give the owner 7 to 10 days to come forward. You will be asked to adhere to our Foster Program protocol.

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. We ask for a donation to cover the costs spent on veterinary care while we took care of your dog.

Resources

Area Veterinarians

Shelters & Rescue - Hays County

  • 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 no-kill shelter located in Kyle, Texas.
  • Thundering Paws Animal Sanctuary. Thundering Paws is a small no-kill sanctuary in Dripping Springs, Texas.

Groomers

  • PUCCI GROOMING - Wimberley 512-847-6877
  • PAMS PET GROOMING - Wimberley (512)847-5630
  • HILLL COUNTRY GROOMING – Wimberley & Dripping Springs, 512-738-3900
  • DOGS BEST FRIEND GROOMING (830) 964-2275 - 14138 Fm-306, Canyon Lake, TX
  • SCISSORS AND SUDS - (830) 899-7387 - 15692 Cranes Mill Rd, Canyon Lake, TX

Lost & Found Pet Websites

**You should never have to pay to post a lost pet. Please do not pay a website. There are too many free sites out there.