Lost & Found Pets

If you have lost or found a pet in the community, please review all of the Anderson County Animal Care & Control service information below to try to help you find your pet.


Visit ACACC’s Facebook page to see if your lost pet is pictured. You may also call ACACC at (865) 264-6315 (the Animal Shelter) to see if a pet matching your pet’s description has been placed at the Animal Shelter.

ACACC’s Animal Shelter is located at 1480 Blockhouse Valley Road in Clinton. Please call the Animal Shelter at (865) 264-6315 to schedule a time to confirm your pet’s identity and/or reunite with your pet.

By law, stray animals are held the following times:

  • Stray with no identification: 3 days
  • Stray with identification: 5 days
  • Bite Animal: 10 days from date of bite
  • Owner Surrender: 0 days (can be adopted or transferred immediately)

Lost and Found Office Hours:

Because the Animal Shelter has limited staffing at this time, all visits for either animal surrender or lost pet pick must be scheduled in advance by calling the Shelter at (865) 264-6315, between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday. Appointments are made for the hours between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

For safety purposes, everyone will be escorted through our facility when looking for a lost pet.

What To Bring With You:

  • A current photo ID (such as a driver’s license or state issued ID card)
  • Please bring with you any recent veterinary records, a picture of you with your pet, and/or a picture on your phone/camera of your pet
  • Bring proof of your pet’s current rabies vaccination
  • All animals must leave our facility on a collar and leash or in a carrier

Redemption Fees:

All ACACC impounded animals are subject to fees established and authorized by Anderson County Resolution No. 15-10-556.

Fees are based on the number of calendar days boarded. All animals reclaimed will be charged a $20.00 apprehension fee plus a $10.00 per day board fee. We apologize that we do not have the capability at this time to accept credit cards.

Once an animal is reclaimed, any animal without proof of current Rabies vaccination will be given one (1) week to become current. Animal Care and Control will verify vaccination; failure to vaccinate will incur a Citation for no Rabies vaccination.

In addition to calling or arranging to visit the facility, please utilize our facebook page to locate your pet. Please note, not every animal in our care is listed online at all times. In addition, your description of your pet may vary from ACACC’s description displayed as ACACC is making our best guess at describing your pet. For instance, you may identify your pet as a “pit bull mix” and ACACC may identify your pet as a “boxer mix.”

Additional Lost Pet Tips

In addition to checking with ACACC, it is beneficial to get the word out about your missing pet. Some suggestions:

  • Put signs in appropriate places around the neighborhood, at local veterinary clinics, local grocery stores, in any nearby businesses (with permission), and in areas where your pet was last seen.
  • Include a color photo and description of your pet, your phone number, and when your pet disappeared
  • Place an ad on Craigslist in both the “Lost and Found” AND “Pets” sections, include pictures
  • Important Tip: For your lost pet ads, leave out one identifying feature in your pet’s description, such as a splotch of color on the nose or a surgery scar
  • Notify your friends via social media and ask them to share the information
  • Call your veterinarian and other vet offices nearby to inform them that your pet is missing
  • Walk, bike, drive, or jog through your neighborhood calling your pet’s name at least once daily
  • Place clothing, toys, litter box, and other items familiar to your pet outside in your yard where he/she might smell them—put food out at normal meal times and provide water at all times
  • Ask your mailperson, newspaper delivery person, and anyone who travels throughout your area regularly on business to look out for your pet
  • Check “Found Pet” ads in the newspaper and on Craigslist daily

If You See Your Lost Pet Listed On Our Facebook page

Contact ACACC Officers. You may call the Animal Shelter number at 865-264-6315. Please note: the Animal Care & Control Department can be very busy and you may need to leave a message. Be sure to provide your name, and your contact information and your call will be returned.

New Technology to help you reunite with your Lost Pet: Finding Rover App

Anderson County Animal Care & Control (ACACC) now uses smart phone facial recognition technology to help identify and reunite lost dogs with their worried owners.

Every dog that enters our Holding Facility will be registered on the free Finding Rover app, which allows users to search for missing dogs via a smartphone or computer. When a dog leaves ACACC (through adoption or a reunion), the pet owner has the option to continue protection through Finding Rover by completing a free email registration. If that dog ever gets lost in the future, his or her record will then already be in the system and will be ready to assist in making the reunion.

While ACACC is doing their part to protect dogs in the community, anyone can register an owned dog from home using the app. Registration is simple and free! And once a dog is registered, he or she is protected for life.

In addition, Finding Rover not only helps to reunite lost dogs, but provides a search feature to those interested in adopting a homeless dog.

“A dog is a beloved family member, and if he or she goes missing, it can be devastating to everyone involved. We want to do everything we can to safeguard our dogs from being lost forever. Registering a dog on Finding Rover is another step all owners should take to further protect their cherished pet.” — John Polimeno, CEO and founder of Finding Rover.

Key benefits of using Finding Rover include:

  • Simple to register: Registration is easy through Facebook and email – all you need is a picture of your dog and a zip code.
  • Easy to use: Anyone with a mobile phone can take a photo of a lost dog, which will be instantly posted on Finding Rover.
  • Technologically advanced: Finding Rover spent two years with The University of Utah research and development (R&D) department creating its proprietary facial recognition technology. Finding Rover has the only technology that instantly recognizes a dog on the spot.
  • Social: Finding Rover unites dog owners based on common interests and provides a forum for users to read up on the latest dog news, share content and interact.
  • Free! Finding Rover is free to download and use.
  • Finding Rover is currently available at findingrover.com and available on iOS devices and Android devices FREE.

About Finding Rover

Finding Rover using facial recognition technology to identify lost and found dogs in real time from a smartphone or computer. The app and website features a lost and found dog notification system that sends a push notification and social-feed photo-alert to users within a 10-mile radius. When a user spots a lost dog, he/she can take a photo either within the app, or upload a photo from a device’s photo album. When a dog has been found and identified through Finding Rover’s facial recognition software, the finder will receive information on how to notify the owner.

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