If you have spotted a dog that appears to be a stray in Ottawa, KS city limits please contact an Animal Control Officer by calling 785-242-2561 ext 7445. Animal Control Officers are trained on how to approach animals that may be injured or aggressive. If the animal approached you and you are able to offer assistance to the animal please call Animal Control for transport. There are procedures in place that are for your safety and that of the animal.
If you have picked up a lost dog in Ottawa, KS city limits please DO NOT automatically bring it to the shelter, you MUST contact Animal Control at 785-242-2561 est 7445 and they will retrieve the animal or meet you at the shelter depending on if the Community Service Officer is on duty and the shelter is closed. If all officers are busy and the shelter is open then please bring the stray to the shelter. You will need to bring an ID and will be asked to fill out documentation. No exceptions.
If you are out of city limits and exhausted all avenues of trying to find the owner (see suggestions below on where to post and who to notify) please fill out the Stray Intake Form and email it to email@example.com to arrange an appointment time or give 785.242.2967 a call during business hours.
Time is your most valuable resource, so don’t waste it! Raising local awareness quickly is your best strategy for reuniting the beloved pet with the owner, and the internet is the most efficient way to do this. Post a picture our Prairie Paws Facebook page and other area community Facebook pages. Check and post on the Ottawa/Franklin Co Kansas Lost Pet Alerts Page and post on all All Area Swap and Talk Pages within at least 50 miles. PawBoost makes it easy! Reporting a found pet takes seconds. They’ll send an email alert to their local members, post to the PawBoost-powered Facebook page for your area, add the pet to their lost & found, and make a found pet flyer – all for free. You can also boost your alert to get it in front of even more people. Other sites that help you raise local awareness for the found pet with minimal time and effort are Craigslist and Nextdoor.com. Both of these sites have very active lost & found sections mainly used for lost /found pets. These sites are highly recommended resources to use in addition to PawBoost!
Please have found pets scanned for a microchip at your local vet office, some pets store and shelters have microchip scanners as well.
Searching for a lost pet can be a very emotional experience. Following the steps below will increase your chances of being reunited with your beloved companion.
Please note: If you suspect that your pet has been stolen, call the police immediately at 785-242-1700. Pets are considered property in the state of Kansas.
1. As soon as you realize your pet is missing, call the Shelter at 785-242-2967 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org If no one is available to answer your call, leave a detailed message including the following information:
Date, time, and location the animal was last seen.
Physical description including color and sex as well as any distinguishing characteristics and collar/tag information.
Your name and a telephone number where you can be reached.
The above information may also be emailed to the shelter at email@example.com. Please attach a picture if possible.
Come to the shelter during business hours and do a pet tour just to make sure your pet is not there, don’t just call and ask. Sometimes what your description of your animal is might not always be how we would describe it on our end.
Here’s a form you can use to send the information to us. Please remember if typing directly on to the form to download the form first and do a “SAVE AS” before beginning and type on the saved form and then save again when finished before sending. You can also screen shot the filled out form and send it to us.
2. Post a picture and the above information on our Prairie Paws Facebook page and other area community Facebook pages. Check and post on the Ottawa/Franklin Co Kansas Lost Pet Alerts Page (Prairie Paws Animal Shelter posts our stray intake animals on this particular lost pet page) and post on all All Area Swap and Talk Pages within at least 50 miles. Also TIME is your most valuable resource, so don’t waste it! Raising local awareness quickly is your best strategy for reuniting with your beloved pet, and the internet is the most efficient way to do this. PawBoost makes it easy! Reporting a lost pet takes seconds. They’ll send an email alert to their local members, post to the PawBoost-powered Facebook page for your area, add the pet to their lost & found, and make a lost pet flyer – all for free. You can also boost your alert to get it in front of even more people. Other sites that help you raise local awareness for your lost pet with minimal time and effort are Craigslist and Nextdoor.com. Both of these sites have very active lost & found sections mainly used for lost pets. These sites are highly recommended resources to use in addition to PawBoost!
3. Contact Animal Control Officers by calling 785-242-2561 ext 7445 and let them know your animal is missing.
4. Call the local veterinarians to report your missing pet in case it has been injured and transported for care. In Ottawa, call Cottonwood Veterinary Clinic at 785-242-7822 and the Ottawa Veterinary Clinic at 785-242-3538. Also in Franklin County, call the Wellsville Veterinary and Chiropractic Clinic at 785-883-4774.
5. Post flyers on community bulletin boards and distribute them to neighbors as well as postal carriers, utility personal and animal control officers in your community. Put a sign out in your yard so your neighbors know your pet is missing and will help you keep a look out.
6. Contact KOFO 1220, Ottawa’s local AM radio station, at 785-242-1220. On-air personalities report the status of lost & found animals throughout the day.
7. Contact the Ottawa Herald by calling 785-242-4700 or visiting www.ottawaherald.com to place a lost or found ad. Lost animal advertisements carry a minimal fee while found animal advertisements can be posted free of charge.
8. Be cautious of pet-recovery scams. When speaking with an individual not associated with the Shelter, ask him or her to thoroughly describe the pet BEFORE you offer any information. Be extra cautious of anyone who insists that you provide a monetary payment for the return of your pet.
9. Don’t give up!! Animals have been reunited weeks, months, and even years after being separated from their owners!
Animals should be humanely confined when left alone and always properly tagged to reduce the risk of becoming lost! Please get your pet micro chipped and spay or neutered if applicable. Sterilizing often reduces a dog or cat urges to roam from home.
Return to Owner Process
If Ottawa, KS Animal Control (ACO) does find your pet and they bring it to Prairie Paws Animal Shelter and you are contacted to pick your animal up please know there are multiple fees (animal control fee, boarding fee, licensing fees, possible medical fees) that will need to be paid before the animal can be released to your custody. If you live in the Ottawa, KS city limits and you are a dog owner you must license your dog. Bring proof of rabies and a picture ID. There are no exceptions, it is a city ordinance. If your dog is not current on their rabies vaccination you can be issued a pre-paid city contingent on you getting your dog vaccinated for rabies. Please note our business hours, RTOs only occur during business days. If you are certain we have your companion and we are closed please know your animal is safe, has a soft place to rest and has been supplied with food and water. Please leave us a message on our voice mail at 785-242-2967 so we can call you first thing when the admin staff arrives for work.
Here are a few numbers that you may find helpful:
Ottawa Animal Control 785-242-2561 ext. 7445
Bonner Animal Rescue – 93-422-7800
Chain of Hope (KC, rescue, rehab, rehome)( will take anonymous tips on animal concerns) 816-221-8080
Companion Animal Hospital (Baldwin) 785-594-2413
Cottonwood Animal Hospital (Ottawa) 785-242-7822
Countryside Vet (Garnett) 785-448-6454
Eudora Animal Hospital 785-542-3265
Gentle Care Animal Hosp (Lawrence) 785-841-1919
Great Plains SPCA 913-742-7326
Heart of America Humane Society 800-384-3143
Hilltop (Baldwin) 785-594-2424
KC Pet Project (shelter) 816-513-9821
Lawrence Humane Society 785-843-6835
Miami County Vet (Paola) 913-294-3250
Olives Hope (Louisburg KS. pet rescue) 913-735-7040
Operation Wildlife 785-542-3625
Ottawa Police Dispatch (non emergency) 785-242-1700
Prairie Paws Animal Shelter 785-242-2967
Purrfect Pets (Overland Park KS shelter) 913-652-6677
Fr. Co. Sheriff Dispatch (non emergency) 785-242-3800OL
Ottawa Vet Clinic (Dr. Smith) 785-242-3538
Pet Tracker – Stephanie Avila (Topeka) 785-221-2116
South Shore Vet (Vassar) 785-828-4114
Street Cat Rescues (Overland Park) 816-673-4914
Unleashed (Mission, KS. shelter) 913-831-7387
Wayside Waifs 816-761-8151
Wakarusa Vet Clinic (Lawrence) 785-843-5577
Wellsville PD 785-883-2691
Waverly Vet Services 785-733-2710
ANIMAL CONTROL BY CITY
Belton – 816-331-5511
Blue Springs – 816-228-0149
Edwardsville – 913-441-6983
after hours – 913-596-3000
Excelsior Spgs 816-630-0816
Gladstone – 816-436-1810
Grandview – 816-316-4965
after hours – 816-316-4980
Harrisonville – 816-380-8961
Fairway – 913-782-0720
Independence MO. – 816-325-7205
KCK – 913-321-1445
after hours – 913-596-3000
KCMO – 816-513-1313
Jackson Co. 816-881-4530
Lawrence – 913-832-7590
Leawood – 913-642-5555
Leavenworth – 913-682-0268
Lee’s Summit – 816-969-7405
Lenexa – 913-477-7385
Liberty – 816-439-4791
Merriam – 913-782-0720
Mission – 913-782-0720
North KC – 816-274-6024
Oak Grove – 815-690-3773
Olathe – 913-970-6362
Osawatomie – 913-755-2101
Ottawa – 785-242-2561
Overland Park – 913-895-6300
Parkville – 816-741-4454
Platte City – 816-431-2011
Platte Woods – 816-741-6688
Pleasant Valley – 816-781-7373
Prairie Village – 913-642-6868
Raytown – 816-737-6010
Riverside – 816-741-3993
Roeland Park – 913-782-0720
Shawnee – 913-631-2155
Smithville – 816-532-0500
Sugar Creek – 816-881-4530
Wellsville – 785-883-2691
Westwood – 913-782-0720
IF YOU FEEL AN ANIMAL’S LIFE OR HEALTH IS IN DANGER – CALL 911
If your community does not have an animal control department, call your local police department or sheriff.
If your animal control won’t help, please call one of the following organizations:
Chain of Hope – 816-356-0116
The Rescue Project – 816-366-5434
HSUS Tip Lines
To report illegal dogfighting, call our Dogfighting Tip Line at 877-TIP-HSUS (877-847-4787).
To report cruelty associated with a puppy mill, please call 877-MILL-TIP (877-645-5847).
To report illegal horse soring, please call 855-NO-SORING (855-667-6746).
The HSUS will protect the anonymity of all callers. Verified claims, and/or those leading to arrest and conviction may be eligible for a reward.
Other helpful numbers:
Animal Poison Control Center: (888) 426-4435 (Visit Animal Poison Control section for more information)
Pet Loss Support: (877) 474-3310 (Counseling for bereaved pet parents only, not a resource for cremation/burial information)