Lost & Found


Stray animals are listed on this site within 24 hours of their arrival at the shelter.  After 5 days, the animal is, by law, the property of Animal Welfare League.  (We often name the animal after the 5 day holding period.)

Pets listed as “In Custody” are housed at AWL.  If not “In Custody” they have been found by and are in the care of private citizens not associated with the shelter.  If you see your pet on this page contact the shelter 7 days per week at (941) 625-6720 between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm.

PLEASE NOTE:  These animals are not available for adoption and no information can be given about them to anyone other than the verified owner.  When an animal becomes available for adoption it will be moved to the Adoption Center and listed on this site under the ADOPT tab.  Animals can’t be promised, held, or adopted from our Intake Building. There are no exceptions.  Thanks!


Pets will remain on this page for 60 days.  Please re-submit if the animal is still missing.

Reporting Lost & Found Pets

See Lost & Found Form below:

As soon as you realize your pet is missing contact Animal Control, the Animal Welfare League, and other area shelters.  All animals picked up by Charlotte County Animal Control are brought to the Animal Welfare League.  By law, stray animals become the property of Animal Welfare League after 5 days  and they may be placed for adoption.  Don’t wait to report your missing pet.  If you see your pet on our website call the shelter at (941) 625-6720 any day from 10:00 am -4:00 pm. Be prepared to show proof of ownership.

Your chances of finding your pet are greatly increased if you can include a picture.  Lost pets will be placed on the website within 24 hours of their arrival at AWL and will remain on the site for 60 days. Check back often.  If you need help posting your pet on this site, bring a picture to the shelter any day after 11:00 am.

If you have found a pet,  you may call Animal Control at (941) 833-5690.  They will pick up the animal and bring it to the Animal Welfare League where it will be posted on this site.

If you prefer to keep the animal in your home until an owner is found, be aware that that your contact information will be shared with the potential owners of the pet you are housing. Please take the animal to an area shelter or veterinarian to be scanned for a microchip. Do not surrender a pet without proof of ownership.

Animal Control and area shelters are often the first place to be checked  for a missing or found pet. We encourage you to report them here because not everyone is aware of private Lost & Found groups.

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First Name:
Last Name:

Animal Name:
Lost or Found Animal? LostFound
Date Lost or Found:
Animal Species: DogCatOther (Describe in text area)
Animal Primary Breed:
Animal Secondary Breed:
Length of Coat:
Primary Color:
Secondary Color:
Gender: MaleFemale
Approx. Age of Animal:
Spayed/Neutered: YesNoUnknown
Declawed: FrontBackBoth
Microchipped: YesNoUnkown
Wearing Collar: YesNo
Color Type & Color:
Size: SmallMediumLarge
Location Found or Last Seen:
List 2 Major Cross Streets:
Do you want your phone number published on our website? YesNo
Additional information about the animal:

A recent photo of the animal is very important:

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Upload Photo 2, limit 1024kb

Do not release an animal to a stranger without proof of ownership!
If your pet is located please drop us a line so we can remove it from out site: www.info@awlshelter.org

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