If you have ever lost your own dog, you will understand the relief that you feel when you get a call from someone who brings your dog to a local animal shelter. Knowing how thankful you are to them, you want to do your part when you see a stray and lost dog roaming around the street and pay it forward. So, here’s what you need to do once you’ve find a stray dog:
Check the dog’s collar
It seems like an obvious first step, but you’d be surprised as to how many people forget this step! If the dog you find is wearing a collar, contact the number on the tag to get in touch with the owner. It’s the easiest and fastest way to get a lost dog home.
Take the dog to the local shelter
If the dog that you’ve found has an owner who is trying to find him, he/she will most likely go to a local animal shelter to ask about the dog. Professionals at the shelter can help a stray dog find their owners.
Ask the staff to scan the microchip
The dog might have a microchip ID that was implanted. All dogs should have a microchip for this very reason. It’s super quick and easy to get one and saves so much time and hassle. So, you need to cooperate with the staff to track some information about the owner of the dog. Looking for this chip is very important, because there are cases in which some stray dogs, even if they have a microchip, are not scanned. Make sure to ask!
Check for injuries
Once you already got the dog to its safety, look and check if there are any visible injuries on his or her body. It the pup is injured, be careful not to irritate the areas and report it to the health staff of the shelter.
File a report at the shelter
If the dog does not have a chip, you have to file a “found dog” report in the shelter. This paperwork is important to help catalogue the dogs in shelters and to help them get found.
Some shelters take photos of the stray dog for the “found dog” reports that they create and post online. Most people are not aware that some shelters are keeping these reports, because they only check the website or kennels. So be sure to see if this shelter has them!
Take photos of the dog to make “found dog” fliers
You can post these in many areas as you can in the location where you have found the dog. Most owners look for posters of lost dogs and found pet, and some of your neighbors are very familiar with your pet. Through this, you can recruit an army of people who can help you reuniting the dog and his or her owner.
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