Stray Pets

Due to laws regarding ownership of pets, Coastal Pet Rescue is unable to take stray pets. Pets must first go to animal control where they can be released to rescues after the required holding period.

Stray/Feral Cats

Please note Coastal Pet Rescue is unable to provide assistance with feral cats. You may contact The Islands Feral Cat Project if you are around the islands area of Savannah. Some animal controls do also offer traps for loaning, but be aware that any animals caught in the traps will be taken to animal control. For more information about feral cats, visit Alley Cat Allies.

Beware of Scammers

Please beware of people emailing you, claiming to have your lost pet and demanding you send them money via Western Union or other wire service to retrieve your pet. These are wire scams, many originating from Nigeria. If you suspect someone you know has taken your pet, please consider filing a police report or at the very least, take another person with you if you plan to confront them.

Lost & Found Pets

Have you lost or found a dog or cat? Coastal Pet Rescue has tips to help you as well as place ads to help reunite pets. If you have reclaimed a lost pet, consider permanent identification with microchipping in the event your pet goes missing again.

What to do if you've lost your pet

  1. Visit the Animal Control shelter every 1-2 days, to include weekends. Please bring a photo of the pet, if you have one. You are the only one who can positively identify your pet. Leave your name, address, a daytime phone number, and a description of your pet.
    • Savannah/Chatham Animal Control Shelter:
      7215 Sallie Mood Dr., Savannah, GA 31406 | 912-351-6750
    • Effingham County Animal Shelter:
      601 North Laurel Street, Springfield, GA 31329 | 912-754-2109
  2. Place an advertisement in the Savannah Morning News (652-0229), Penny Saver (238-2040), Tell-n-Sell (927-7731), Craigslist, and the Spirit of the Westside (748-3567). Consider offering a reward to the public. Lost and Found ads are FREE in these papers. Be sure to include the date and the area where your animal was lost or found; however, DO NOT include your pet's name.
  3. Post signs in nearby convenience stores, grocery stores, and Veterinarian's offices, not on utility poles. If a picture is included on the sign, it is easier for someone to identify your pet.
  4. Check with your mail carrier, garbage collector, and other individuals who regularly frequent your neighborhood.
  5. Leave your information with WRHQ 105.3 (click here to submit) and 98.7 The River (click here to submit).
  6. Check with local veterinary clinics:
    • Islands:
      • Island Vet Clinic (Johnny Mercer Blvd): 912-897-1121
      • Wilmington Island Animal Hospital (Hwy 80): 912-897-3300
    • Savannah:
      • Berwick Animal Hospital (Ogeeche Road): 912-232-4249
      • Case Veterinary Hospital (111 Eisenhower Dr): 912-352-3081
      • Central Animal Hospital (Bull St): 912-234-4772
      • Chatham Animal Hospital and Bird Clinic (Waters Ave): 912-352-0011
      • Crossroad Animal Hospital (Montgomery Cross Rd): 912-927-4343
      • Forsyth Park Animal Hospital (Whitaker St): 912-349-3953
      • Georgetown Veterinary Hospital (Brassler Blvd): 912-927-3900
      • Savannah Emergency Vet (Stephenson Ave): 912-355-6113
      • Savannah Veterinary Medical Center (Victory Dr): 912-447-8711
      • VCA Greater Savannah Animal Hospital: 912-355-8898
    • Pooler:
      • Godley Station (Canal St): 912-748-8805
      • Pooler Veterinary Hospital (Hwy 80): 912-748-0703
      • Westside Animal Hospital (Hwy 80): 912-964-7102
    • Port Wentworth:
      • Animal Hospital at Rice Hope (Hwy 21): 912-965-0330
    • Effingham:
      • Faulkville Animal Hospital (Hwy 80): 912-748-7800
    • Rincon:
      • Effingham Animal Hospital (Hwy 21): 912-826-5251
      • Webb Animal Hospital (Hwy 21): 912-826-1830
  7. If your pet is microchipped, be sure to contact your registrar to report your pet as lost:
    • 24PetWatch: 1-866-597-2424 (This is the company used for all of Coastal Pet Rescue's adopted pets.)
    • AVID: 1-800-336-2843
    • HomeAgain: 1-888-466-3242
  8. Contact us by email or post your pet's picture and information on our Facebook page.

The City of Tybee Island has an online forum to post your lost and found pets. Additionally, posts made on the forum are copied over to the city's Facebook page. Tybee Island Animal Control will also post found animals on the forum. Click here to get to the forums.

Effingham County Sheriff's Humane Enforcement posts pictures of animals they pick up on their Facebook page. Click here for recent listings.

We hope this helps in your search for your beloved pet. If you have not already done so, you should consider micro-chipping your animals, and please put their tags on their collars. Check our calendar to see microchip clinics available in our area. TailsSpin in Habersham Village offers a low-cost shot and microchip clinic once a month. Contact them directly for their next available date.


What to do if you've found a pet

  1. Contact your local Animal Control and provide your name, address, a daytime phone number, and a description of the pet.
  2. Have the pet scanned for a microchip. Contact your nearest veterinarian or local animal control facility. TailsSpin in Habersham Village will also scan pets for microchips.
  3. Post flyers in the area where you found the pet.
  4. Place a free ad with the Savannah Morning News (652-0229), Penny Saver (238-2040), Tell-n-Sell (927-7731), Craigslist, and the Spirit of the Westside (748-3567).
  5. Call local veterinary offices.

The City of Tybee Island has an online forum to post your lost and found pets. Additionally, posts made on the forum are copied over to the city's Facebook page. Tybee Island Animal Control will also post found animals on the forum. Click here to get to the forums.

Please note that Coastal Pet Rescue cannot take stray pets. Pets must first be taken to the local animal control and held for the county-mandated time period, which may be 24 hours to 10 days depending on the county. After that time, the animal may be released to a state-licensed rescue. When foster homes are available, Coastal Pet Rescue will take animals from Chatham and Effingham county animals controls to be placed for adoption.