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Lost and Found

To View Animals AT the Shelter
Whether you’re searching for a lost pet or looking for an animal to adopt, this database is the most up-to-date listing of all the animals being housed at our shelter. As any animal is picked up or dropped off at our shelter, our staff uploads a photo and description of the animals onto this site. Animals will be listed here in the order they have come into the shelter. Try not to narrow your search necessarily by breed for we may list it differently based on characteristics/traits that we see.

Shelter Pets

To View Animals NOT at the Shelter
The lost & found postings are for animals NOT at the shelter. These are listings by citizens for citizens. The following animals were lost or found in the Gaston County area. These pets are not being held at Animal Care and Enforcement, rather they are being kept by the person or persons who found them. If you have any information on any of the pets listed below, please contact using the number(s) provided. If you have lost or found a pet and would like to post information concerning it online, email and include the pet's breed, gender, color and characteristic markings, area lost/found, pet name, contact information, and any other pertinent information concerning the loss. You may include up to two (2) photos (one head and one body shot) of the pet in either JPG, PNG or GIF format. Please attach the photo to your email. Do not embed or send links to online photo galleries. Limit any attachments to a maximum of 10M or the email will be blocked because of file size and not delivered. Allow for at least one business day for the posting to be listed. You will be contacted by reply email when your ad is online.  Ads will remain posted for approximately one month but if needed, may be renewed for up to 6 months.

Note: The date listed beside the animal is the date the information was posted and does not necessarily reflect the date the animal was actually lost or found. If you lost your pet and it was not wearing identification, you must come to the shelter to see if it is there.

Be sure to check the “Found” part of the listings repeatedly!  Many times someone may find a pet and try to locate the owner themselves.  We steer as many people as possible to this part of our site to increase the chances of the pet’s safe and quick return to its owner.

Local newspapers generally offer free lost or found pet ads.  Don’t forget about “Craigslist”, “One Man’s Junk”, “Gaston Free Pets” and other paper & web sites.  Personalize this LOST PET or FOUND PET flyer template with the pet’s information and photo, print and post copies in the area where you lost or found the pet, stores, and in other high-traffic community locations.

Pets can often travel long distances or be transported to other areas by people finding them. If you are looking for a lost/found pet and don't see it listed below, you may also want to check with our surrounding counties:

Charlotte/Mecklenburg  704-336-3786
Lincoln   704-736-8734
Cleveland   704-481-9884/
York   803-628-3190

Animal Care and Enforcement staff members review postings often, and try to match these community-based postings with impounded animals.  Due to varying and sometimes critical circumstances, often requiring immediate action however, Animal Care and Enforcement cannot guarantee that a given posting will be accurately matched with an impounded animal. Animal Care and Enforcement does strongly encourage every pet owner to comply with legal responsibilities to display a valid license tag on your pet and otherwise make certain your pet has some kind of unique identification which can aid in efforts to reunite lost pets with their owners. This is the best way to ensure a positive identification and to prevent inaccurate postings.


Domestic Short Hair Cat (1/19/22)
Domestic Short Hair CatSex:  Male (neutered)
Color:  Gray
Age:  ~ 6 years
Named Smokey.  Lost 1/15/22 in Cherryville, Northbrook/Baxter Rd area. 
Please contact info 704-830-6342 if found. 

Long Hair Siamese Mix (1/18/22)
Sex:  Male
Color:  White and gray; hind foot has black spot
Named Cookie.  Lost in area of Little Mountain Rd. , Gastonia.
Please contact 704-915-0839 if found.

Mixed Breed Dog (1/6/22)
Mixed Breed DogMixed Breed DogSex:  Female
Color:  Black and brown with gray around mouth
Age:  ~ 5 years
Named Luna.  Long tail.  She was wearing a flea collar when lost 1/3/22 in area of Echo Lane, and cross street Hudson Blvd., Gastonia.
Please contact 704-898-4683 if found.

English Bulldog (1/5/22)
English BulldogSex:  Male
Color:  Black, brown, white with one blue eye
Lost 1/4/22 from Edgewater Dr., Belmont.
Please contact 704-909-8843 if found.

Mixed Breed Dog  (1/3/22)
Mixed Breed DogSex:  Male (neutered)
Color:  Honey/brown and white, brown honey eyes, all 4 paws are white and the tip of tail
Age: 8 
Named Whiney.  Vaccinated.  Missing since 12/30 from Linwood Road, Gastonia. 
Please contact if found.

Cat (1/3/22)
Sex:  Male
Color:  Black
Named Winston.  Lost 12/28/21 in area of  Captain Quarters  Drive in Dallas, behind the Wells Fargo bank.
Please contact if found.

Bombay Cat (12/23/21)
Bombay CatBombay CatSex:  Male
Color:  Black w/ white hairs on chest and ears; bright green eyes
Lost in area of Abernathy St., Mt Holly.
Please contact 704-284-0857 or if found.

Mixed Breed Dog (12/23/21)
Mixed Breed DogMixed Breed DogSex:  Male
Color:  Light brown
Named Reesie.  Lost in the Bessemer City area.
Please contact 704-964-1778 if found.

Domestic Short Hair Cat (12/20/21)
Domestic Short Hair CatSex:  Male
Color/Markings:  Light and dark orange tabby with unique pattern of swirls on tail
Age:  7 years
Named Sunshine.  Lost in area of Shadowbrook Rd., Mount Holly near Hickory Grove Road.
Please contact or 704-674-0473 if found.




Mastiff (1/18/22)
MastiffSex:  Female
Color:  Brindle
No collar or microchip. Found 12/31/21 in area of Maplecrest Dr., Gastonia near Beaty & Kendrick Rd.
Please call 980-251-9630 to identify.

Terrier Mix (1/81/22)
Terrier MixSex:  Male (not neutered)
Size:  7.5 lbs.
Age:  ~ 5 years
Found 1/8/22 in the SouthFork neighborhood. No chip or collar. Thin and not well groomed.
Please contact 704-860-4996 or to identify.

Pit Bull Mix (1/3/22)
Pit Bull MixPit Bull MixSex:  Male
Color:  White with brown markings on head and pink nose
Found 12/31/21 between Mountain View subdivision and Spencer Heights subdivision in Gastonia/Ranlo area.
Please contact 980-238-6921 or to identify.

Domestic Short Hair Cat (1/3/22)
Domestic Short Hair CatDomestic Short Hair CatFound in the Park Road area of Belmont.
Please contact to identify.

Domestic Short Hair Cat (1/3/22)
Color:  Orange tabby
Age:  Young
Found in Belmont. No collar. 
Please contact to identify.

Great Pyrenees Mix (12/22/21)
Great Pyrenees MixGreat Pyrenees MixSex:  Female
Found on 8th Street, Bessemer City.  No microchip.
Please contact to identify.

Chihuahua (12/21/21)
ChihuahuaChihuahuaSex:  Male
Color:  Brown
Overweight.  No collar.  Found 12/20/21 injured in a ditch on Highway 274 at Northbrook near Gaston County/Lincoln County line.  Per the Urgent Vet in Belmont, he has a fractured pelvis. He is being treated and cared for.
Please contact 980-522-6680 to identify.