Lost & Found Animals
The QHS cares for injured, lost and homeless animals that are brought to the municipal animal shelter by Municipal By-Law Officers and the general public.
How do I claim my pet?
To claim your pet from the Municipal Animal Shelter located within the QHS, the City of Belleville requires that you provide the following:
- valid identification with your current address, or photo ID and proof of current address (for example, a hydro or phone bill, lease, pay stub with address, bank statement or government document)
- proof of ownership (for example, an adoption certificate or purchase bill or a recent veterinary bill, rabies tag number or City license)
- funds to pay the release fees (cash, credit or debit card - no cheques). Release fees vary depending on the length of time the animal has been in the Municipal Animal Shelter. The animal cannot be released without release fees being paid.
- funds to pay a license fee (cash, credit or debit card-no cheques) if your animal is not registered with the City.
What if I do not claim my before the stray period expires?
If an animal is not claimed after being held for the mandatory stray period of five full business days, the animal is then assessed to determine his/her suitability for adoption.
The QHS staff will evaluate the animal and determine if it is in good health and of sound temperament. Animals considered suitable for placement will be sterilized, then transferred to our Adoption Area so that they can be adopted into a responsible loving new home.
Cats make up the largest of our stray population. Pet owners who have lost their pet must visit our shelter as soon as possible to see if their animal is here, file a lost report, leave a picture and visit the shelter at least every three days to check for their lost pet. Most stray that have been admitted to our shelter are posted on Quinte Lost Dog Network website however, checking online does not replace the need to visit the shelter regularly to look for your lost pet. Microchip or other identification (tattoo, licence and/or I.D.) makes it easier for shelter staff to identify a lost pet and try to contact the owner; however, given the sheer volume of stray animals arriving at the shelter every day, you must take responsibility for finding your lost pet.