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When You Find a Lost or Stray Pet

Due to a shortage of trained volunteers, PAWS made the difficult decision to suspend all pick-ups of stray pets outside town limits outside of shelter hours (Tues. to Sat. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. by appointment only due to Covid). If the animal is in the Town of Creston, please call Bylaw at 250-428-2214.

While the shelter remains open to caring for the pets, our ability to pick up strays even during shelter hours may also be limited.  

Please don’t wait too long to contact PAWS. If the pet has been hanging around for a week or looks like it’s not doing well, please call us.  

The care of these vulnerable pets is very important to us, but we could really use some help from the community we serve.  

Here’s How You Can Help

  1. Secure the animal and get a photo (face and full body most helpful.
  2. Post to local social media sites. If you don't have access, you can email PAWS at pets@pawscreston.ca with photos and details (area found, day, sex if known, identifying characteristics, etc.) for posting. Note that there may be a delay as emails are monitored by volunteers after hours.
  3. Offer safe housing while the owner is being sought or call PAWS during shelter hours to discuss bringing in the stray.
  4. If you have questions or need guidance on helping the stray, please call PAWS at 250-428-7297. Our After-Hours number is on the answering machine.  

Lost & Found

Pets found outside the Town of Creston will be at PAWS. Call PAWS at 250-428-7297 to arrange to pick up your pet. Please note there is a $20 fee to reclaim your pet, plus a $20/day fee for each 24 hours after you’ve been notified your pet is being cared for at PAWS. PAWS assumes legal responsibility for any pet not claimed after 72 hours.

Town of Creston Animal Impounds

PAWS is the designated housing facility for animals picked up by the Town of Creston Bylaw Officer (Animal Care and Responsibility Bylaw No. 1826 (2015).

If you see your pet below, please contact the Town of Creston at 250-428-2214 to claim.  

PAWS does NOT collect fines on behalf of the Town. To claim their pet, owners must first pay the fine at the Town Hall (238 10 Ave. North), then bring the fine receipt to PAWS.


Click here to see our list of LOST, FOUND and IMPOUNDED PETS.