Stray dogs without ID tags found by a Good Samaritan are held for two (2) days. If the found dog has ID tags or a microchip, per PA State Dog Law, the dog will be held for five (5) business days once a certified letter is delivered to the address of the owner.
There is no holding period for stray cats without ID tags that are dropped off at our shelter. If the cat does have ID tags or a microchip, the owner is notified and given 24 hours to respond.
All domestic animals without ID tags brought to our shelter from City of Pittsburgh Animal Care & Control are held for three (3) days. Animals with ID tags are held for ten (10) days. After that time, animals are evaluated to ensure they are suitable for adoption.