What to do when you find a lost pet – Part I
Lost or stray dogs are generally nervous and disoriented. Most dogs are stray because they have wandered out a door or through a gate that was left open. Depending on their personality, some dogs will be wary of an approaching person where as others will run up to people for attention and affection.
If you find a stray dog, do a visual scan of the immediate area. Look for anyone that seems to be searching and wave them down! A quick reunion is the best case scenario.
If there is no one around, look to see if the dog has a collar with tags. Often, tags will give you a phone number to call. DO NOT approach a dog that is growling, backing away, stiff or has its ears laid back. Always use caution with a strange dog, especially if you have children or your own dogs with you.
If no immediate solution can be found to reunite the dog with its owner, the next step is to call your local animal control. Each municipality has designated Animal Control Officers that will pick up dogs at large in your community. These officers will take steps to trace the dog license (if applicable) and will scan the dog for a microchip. While waiting for the officer, if you are able, offer the dog water. Refrain from offering food as there may be allergies or medical concerns.
Click here for a list of Animal Control numbers in your municipality.
Please remember that the GTHS can ONLY accept stray dogs that are brought in by Animal Control services.
For any questions on what do you when you find a stray dog please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay tuned for Part II next week – lost cats!