What To Do if You Lose A Pet



Pet owners should come in person to look for lost pets at least once every other day to ensure they don’t miss their pet.  Pets may show up weeks, months and years after they first go missing. Microchipping your pet is the best way to ensure you’ll be reunited if your pet is ever lost.


Young-Williams Animal Center also posts photos of stray pets on our website at:  www.young-williams.org/i-lost-my-pet/current-strays-2/.   However, please understand that pets cannot be identified by phone due to the volume of animals our shelter receives.  You must come in person to look for your animal.  Other measures to find a lost pet include:


  • Put up flyers around the neighborhood or area where the pet went missing
  • Call surrounding county shelters and try to see if someone brought your pet there
  • Check the local newspapers lost and found pet sections
  • Check Craigslist and place a listing
  • Share lost pet notices on social media
  • Call local vets and call the UT vet school at 865-974-8387 to see if any injured animals have been brought there
  • Again, check the shelter at least every other day to look for your pet and try looking for a minimum of two weeks to a month.


Young-Williams Animal Center is located off Sutherland Avenue at the entrance to John Tarleton Park at 3201 Division St.  The main number is 865-215-6599 and the Lost and Found number is 865-215-6665.  Due to the high volume of inquiries, a call to Lost and Found may go straight to voicemail.  Please leave a message. Staff members return all phone calls at the end of the day.


Lost and stray animals are brought ONLY to our Division Street location.  Young-Williams Animal Village located at 6400 Kingston Pike adjacent to Deane Hill Drive does not house lost pets. Both locations are open seven days a week from noon-6 p.m.


For more information about Young-Williams Animal Center, including detailed driving directions, call 865-215-6599 or visit www.young-williams.org.