Thank you for visiting the Stray Rescue website! This page is intended to answer some of Stray Rescue's most frequently asked questions and refer visitors to St. Louis-area resources.

Stray Rescue typically operates within the city limits of St. Louis giving priority to the most urgent cases. We are unable to accept owner surrenders, drop-offs, or cases outside the city limits. In St. Louis County please contact St. Louis County Animal Care and Control.

Follow the links below to jump to the answer most relevant to your inquiry, or simply scroll to the bottom of the page:


You See a Stray Dog

You See A Stray Cat

You Have Lost Your Pet

You Feel You Can No Longer Keep Your Pet

You Need a List of St. Louis-Area Rescues

You Need a Breed-Specific Rescue

You Need a Small Animal Rescue

You Are Military and Need Foster Care for a Pet

You Need References to Have Your Pet Fixed and Vaccinated

You Need Financial Assistance for Veterinary Care

You Need the Help of a National Organization

You Need Do-It-Yourself Help for Fundraising

You Need Dog Training

You Need Behavior Resources

You Are Witnessing Animal Neglect or Abuse

You See Wildlife or Birds in Need of Assistance


If you have found a dog, please start by following the link below:

Missing Pet Partnership Guide


If you have found an animal with a collar, believe it may have an owner, or you can see it has been altered, consider using these free online resources to connect the animal with its possible owner:

STL Lost Pets

Animal Care and Control: St. Louis City

St. Louis County Animal Care and Control

Facebook: St. Louis, Missouri Lost and Found Paws

Facebook: Lost and Found Pets in Jefferson County

Facebook: Missouri Lost and Found Paws


Before seeking rescue, please take a moment to learn more about alternatives for community cats here.  Then explore these online resources;

Within St. Louis City Limits: Citizen's Service Bureau

4 Paws 4 Rescue

Local: St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach

National: Alley Cat Allies

Animal House

The Cat Network

Coalition for Animal Rescue & Education

Country Acres Rescue

Five Acres Animal Shelter

Felines Forever

Frisky Whiskers Cat Rescue

Heartland Humane Society

St. Louis Pet Rescue

Open Door Animal Sanctuary


If you have lost your pet:

STL Lost Pets

Animal Care and Control: St. Louis City

St. Louis County Animal Care and Control

Facebook: St. Louis, Missouri Lost and Found Paws

Facebook: Lost and Found Pets in Jefferson County

Facebook: Missouri Lost and Found Paws

APA Helpful Tips

Petfinder: How to Find a Lost Dog

ASPCA: Finding a Lost Pet

Missing Pet Partnership


If you feel you can no longer keep your pet:

Stray Rescue's Guide to Responsibly Rehoming Your Pet


If you need a list of area shelters and rescues:

All Paws Rescue, Inc.

Act Now! Rescue

Angel Acres Animal Rescue

Country Acres Rescue

Dent County Animal Welfare Society

Farmington Pet Adoption Center

Five Acres Animal Shelter 

Frisky Whiskers

Gateway Pet Guardians

Heartland Humane Society

Helping Strays/Humane Society of Monroe County

Metro-East Humane Society

Mid American Bully Breeds

Missouri Pit Bull Rescue

Open Door Animal Sanctuary

Partners for Pets

Pet Angels for Life

St. Charles Humane Society

St. Louis Senior Dog Project

Stray Haven Rescue

Tenth Life Cat Rescue


If you need a breed-specific dog rescue:

St. Louis Sitter Critters

Aussie Rescue and Placement Helpline

Dirk's Fund

American Bull Mastiff Association Rescue

American Eskimo Rescue of St. Louis

Chiondi Kennel & Rescue (Australian Cattle Dog Referrals)

BREW Mid-West

Midwest Border Collie Rescue

Mid America Boston Terrier Rescue

Mid America Bully Breed Rescue

Chihuahua Rescue USA

Missouri Wire Fox Terrier Rescue

Serendipity German Shepherd Dog Rescue

GRRRR (Golden Recovery – Retrieving Retrievers Rescue)

Missouri Valley Gordon Setters

Great Dane Lifeline

REGAP – Retired Greyhounds As Pets

Italian Greyhound Rescue

Havanese Rescue Inc.

Keeshond Lovers United

St. Louis Min Pin Rescue

Pit Bull Rescue Central

Pug Rescue IL-MO

Illinois Saint Bernard Rescue

American Miniature Schnauzer Club Rescue

Save Our Setters

Furever Shih Tzu Rescue

St. Louis Weimaraner Club

Yorkshire Terrier National Rescue


If you need a small animal rescue:

Furry Ferret Rescue

Missouri House Rabbit Society of St. Louis


If you are active or retired military seeking temporary care for a pet:

Pact for Animals

Net Pets Military Foster Program

Guardian Angel Foster Program

Dogs on Deployment



You need financial assistance to provide Veterinary care for your pet:

The Big Hearts Fund

Brown Dog Foundation

Canine Cancer Awareness

Care Credit

Cats in Crisis

The Dog & Cat Cancer Fund


Fairy Dog Parents

Frankie's Friends

God's Creatures Ministry Veterinary Charity Fund

Gracie's Mission


Pet Guardian Angel of America

Magic Bullet Fund

The Mosby Fund

The Onyx & Breezy Foundation

Paws 4 A Cure

Pet Food Stamps

P.H.A.R.A.H. (People Helping Animals Remain at Home)

The Pet Fund

Pets of the Homeless

RedRover Relief

Riedel & Cody Fund

Rose's Fund

Shakespeare Animal Fund

Speaking for Spot

Top Dog Foundation "Bentley Grant"

Vetary - Instant Pet Credit


If you are looking for assistance from national organizations:

Alley Cat Allies

American Humane Association

ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)

Best Friends Animal Society

Humane Society of the United States

Petco Foundation

Petsmart Charities


If you want to try DIY Fundraising for Vetting, Transport or Adoption:






Scholarships and Resources for Dog Training

Greater St. Louis Training Club


If you need behavior resources for your pet:

ASPCA Virtual Pet Behaviorist

Anti-Cruelty Society Animal Behavior Hotline

Animal Humane Society Pet Behavior Helpline


You are seeing an animal being abused or neglected:

St. Louis City Citizen's Service Bureau

St. Louis City Metropolitan Police Department

St. Louis County Police Department

St. Louis County Animal Care and Control

Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force

Defining Animal Cruelty


If you see sick, injured, orphaned or abandoned birds or wildlife:

Wild Bird Rehabilitation, Inc.

World Bird Sanctuary

Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic

Missouri Wildlife Rescue Center

Bi-State Wildlife Hotline, Inc


You rent and are thinking of getting a pet:

Renter's Guide to Pet Owning


To read about dog breed myths:

Bad to the Bone or Misunderstood


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