Stray Animal

Surrendering a Stray Animal 

If you are interested in temporarily housing the found animal until an owner can be located, please fill out a Found Pet Report. You should also notify local veterinary clinics in the event that an owner has reported a lost animal. OLHS will contact you if we have a lost pet report missing the description of the animal. 

The Oxford-Lafayette Humane Society is open 12-5 Monday through Saturday to accept animals. Please do not bring an animal to the shelter outside of our operating hours. 


What should I bring with the animal?

Donations - OLHS depends largely on donations to care for the more than 120 animals we house at the shelter on a daily basis. Monetary and in-kind (food, bowls, bedding, crates, collars, leashes, etc.) donations are accepted.

Surrender Form - OLHS requires that the finder completes a surrender form at the time of surrender. It will help expedite the process if you fill out the paperwork before bringing the animal to the shelter. 

Canine Surrender Form

Feline Surrender Form

Small Mammal/Exotic Animal Surrender Form 

What happens to the animal after I surrender him/her to the shelter?

Hopefully, the animal's owner will have already submitted a lost pet report or come to the shelter looking for the animal. All stray animals are held on a five-day stray hold, which allows the owner time to reclaim the animal.

After five days, OLHS will perform a health and temperament examination. Animals must demonstrate manageable health and behavior in a shelter environment in order to be made available for adoption. Once the animal passes the health and behavior assessment, he/she will be given the necessary vaccinations and deworming treatments. The animal's picture and information will be placed on our website and affiliated adoption websites. We also feature many of our adoptable animals in local newspapers and on our Facebook page.

The Oxford-Lafayette Humane Society is firm in its support of humane and compassionate treatment of every animal. No matter the health or temperament of the animal, each is guaranteed food, fresh water, treats and toys, a warm bed/blankets, and heated/air-conditioned shelter while they are at OLHS. 


Can I check on the animal?

You are welcome to follow the animal's progress on our website and Facebook page. You may also visit the animal at the shelter during operating hours, 12-5 Monday through Saturday.


Can I adopt the animal?

After the animal's five-day stray-hold is up, the animal will be available for adoption. If you are interested in adopting the animal, you are welcome to fill out the adoption application and we will contact you once the animal's stray hold is up.

In the event we cannot find a home for the animal, or if we cannot hold the animal in our shelter for health or temperament reasons, you can request to be notified before euthanasia. Be sure to mark the appropriate section on the surrender form.



Last Updated on Monday, 15 October 2012 20:56