Lost & Found Animals
If your pet is lost or if you have found an animal in town, please contact the Barrington Police Department at 437-3930 to see if anyone has called to report it lost/found. You should then contact us, ideally via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be happy to post your information on our Facebook page and will circulate the information to other animal welfare groups. In your e-mail please provide as many details as possible, including description of animal - date, time, and location where it was last seen and anything else we should be aware of. If available please also send a photo of the animal in a jpeg format. Through the networks we have created we are typically able to reach thousands of people within hours.
Animals can travel or be picked up by residents from other areas, therefore it is a good idea to check with shelters and rescue groups in surrounding communities - here is their contact information:
Injured animals may be brought to local veterinary hospitals by good samaratins. Here are phone numbers for some places to check:
Please consider a microchip for your pet - this will help you be reunited should your animal become lost. More information is available at:
Lost & Found!
The list of lost and found animals (typically cats!) changes daily. For the most up-to-date information regarding lost animals in town, including photos, visit the Barrington PAW Facebook Page - see link at the bottom of this page. You can also contact us at any time at email@example.com or by sending a message through our Facebook page to check and see if we have any information about an animal you have lost or found!
What you don't know about lost pets can hurt them! Read more HERE!
If you have found an animal in town it is important to contact animal control and/or BPAW rather than simply keeping the animal. Even if you are interested in adopting the animal yourself (which we sure hope you are!) it should first be checked for a microchip, and receive any needed medical care.
Do not make the number one mistake that owners of missing pets - and that is to give up too soon! Animals are far more resilient than we give them credit for and can manage to survive outdoors for longer than most people think. Frightened cats will go into hiding and will not make it sound. They may be only a few feet away from you - they may hear you - but their instincts have kicked in and they will not do anything that gives away their location! Here are a few key tips:
- GO LOOK FOR THEM - this may seem obvious but remakably few people actually do it! Physically go out and start looking - look up in trees, crawl around and look under decks, sheds, etc.
-- GO OUT AND CALL FOR THEM VERY LATE AT NIGHT OR VERY EARLY IN THE MORNING - this is when they are most likely to be on the move and looking for food.
-- GO DOOR TO DOOR AND ASK YOUR NEIGHBORS IF THEY HAVE SEEN THEM AND ENLIST THEIR HELP - do not expect people to read signs on telephone poles - for the most part they don't!
-- PUT FAMILIAR OBJECTS OUTDOORS - they will carry their scent and if they are truly lost it may help them find their way home.
-- DON'T JUST ASSUME A PREDATOR HAS GOTTEN THEM! It is true that coyotes, fisher cats, etc. pose a threat to outdoor pets - but - they clearly don't kill many or we would not have the stray and feral cat population that we have in our area!
-- DON'T TAKE A SHELTER'S WORD FOR IT - with all due respect for all of the area shelters - they are overcrowded, overworked - etc. and if you really want to know if your pet is there you will be much better served to go there yourself and check!