Lost & Found, More Resources

SAVE, A Friend to Homeless Animals is the contracted holding facility for Montgomery Township, Princeton, Hopewell Township and Lawrence Township.

  • Princeton Animal Control 609-924-2728
  • Montgomery Animal Control 908-359-4308
  • Cranbury Animal Control 609-395-0031
  • Hopewell Animal Control 609-737-0120
  • Lawrence Animal Control 609-844-7092

What to do when you find a stray cat or dog:

If you find a stray cat or dog or any other type of animal, please DO NOT bring them directly to SAVE or any other animal shelter. If you find a stray animal, please contact your local police department, health department or animal control officer.

Every town has contracts with different animal shelters or animal hospitals to hold their strays.
This is particularly important if the animal is injured so that the animal control officer can quickly get the animal to a veterinarian.

If you encounter an injured or scared pet, it is best to let the animal control officer handle the pet. Injured, scared or cornered pets may bite.

What to do when your pet is lost:

  • Report your missing pet to police departments and humane societies/animal shelters in your town and any neighboring towns. Be sure to report your animal’s breed, sex, color, size, name and where it was lost or last seen. Leave your telephone number where you can be reached in case your pet is found. Call every day or every other day for updates.
  • Find out which animal shelter is contracted to receive strays from your town. Visit your local animal shelter as often as possible to see if your pet was found. Keep in mind that animal shelters can be understaffed, and deal with many animals every day. Even if you have called and reported your pet, you are the only one who will be able to spot your pet in an instant. There may be three calicos at the facility, but only you will be able to identify your cat.

Make LOST PET fliers that include:

  • Your pet’s picture, name, sex and size
  • The date your pet was lost and where he or she was last seen
  • Your phone number
  • Distribute copies of your flier to your neighbors or houses in the area where your pet was last seen; place on poles, near bus stops, park benches or anywhere where people congregate.
  • Walk by the area your cat or dog was last seen during the day and at night. Call his or her name; bring a squeaky toy or special treats. Cats will usually hide close by home. If you have a second dog at home, bring him or her along for the search. Your dog may not come to you, but will be eager to greet his or her housemate.

Pet Loss Prevention

The best way to prevent the escape of your pet is to make sure you are prepared for when it happens.

  • Make sure you pet is always wearing identification. A pet tag should include your pet’s name, your address and phone number.
  • Microchipping is a wonderful way to identify your pet should the collar be removed or tag fall off. The microchip itself is the size of a grain of rice and is implanted under the skin with minimal discomfort to your pet. SAVE does offer microchipping for a small fee. Make sure the microchip company has your updated information especially if you move or change your phone number. The microchip is only as good as the information you provide to the microchip company.
  • Have proof of ownership and a current photo available to retrieve your pet. A person who finds your animal may not want to return your pet if he or she feels you may have been careless or neglectful. If you encounter this situation, you will want to be able to prove ownership to authorities to enlist their help in getting your pet returned to you safely.
  • Keep a list of emergency numbers available: Your local non-emergency police, local animal control officer, local animal shelter and your veterinarian’s office.

Low Cost Spay/Neuter Resources

New Jersey Low Cost Spaying/Neutering Program
If you reside in NJ and adopt from an eligible licensed NJ shelter; municipal, county, or regional pound you can have your cat or dog spayed/neutered for $20.00 at a participating hospital.

If you receive public assistance (Food Stamps, Medicaid, PAAD, Supplemental Security Income, Rental Assistance, etc), you may have your dog or cat spayed or neutered for $10.00 at a participating veterinary hospital.

For more information about the program and the participating hospitals, please visit NJ State Health Department Mercer County Wildlife Center 

Mercer County Wildlife Center

Friends of Animals offers Spay/Neuter Certificates at an affordable fee.
Visit Friends of Animals | Spay and Neuter Certificate Information

Animal Welfare Association in Voorhees, New Jersey has affordable, low cost options.
Visit Animal Welfare Association

People for Animals operate two facilities in Hillside & Robbinsville, NJ.
Visit PFAOnline

Animal Alliance of New Jersey
This organization offers dog spays or neuters for $125; female cats $75; male cats $55; Call 609-818-1952 for more information or visit Animal Alliance of New Jersey

Animal Welfare

Reporting Animal Cruelty, Abuse, and Neglect
Many counties and townships in New Jersey have their own animal control officers to investigate reported cruelty and neglect. If your town does not have an animal control officer, please contact the NJSPCA at 1-800-582-5979.

New Jersey Department of Health & Senior Services
Office of Animal Welfare

Wildlife (non-domestic animals)
When you encounter a non-domestic animal (bird, rabbit, skunk, raccoon, bat, opossum, etc) please call your local animal control officer or the Mercer County Wildlife Center at 609-303-0552. The staff at the wildlife center will help you decide whether the animal needs care and, if necessary, will tell you how to handle and transport the animal safely.

It is unsafe to handle any wild animal that looks sick, is foaming or drooling, staggering or seems disoriented. There have been positive rabies cases all over New Jersey, and the risk of rabies infection is real. DO NOT ATTEMPT to pick up or handle any wildlife that appears sick.