Have you ever seen a dog wandering alone and you wondered what to do? Maybe you saw what looked like a lost or lost a dog on the side of the road and feared for its safety. Maybe you wanted to help but kept driving because I did not know what to do. Consider the following tips the next time you find a lost or lost a dog.
Evaluate the situation
First, make sure there is no owner nearby. Unfortunately, some dog owners let their dogs roam free. Make a visual sweep of the area and make sure you do not see an owner before continuing.
Next, does the dog seem hurt or distressed? If so, you should proceed with caution. A wounded or distressed dog may try to bite. Also, moving a badly injured dog can make injuries worse. Unless you have experience with these kinds of things, it may be better to call local animal control.
Is the dog showing signs of aggression? If so, do not try to catch this dog. Call your local animal control and alert the situation.
Safely catch the dog
If the dog seems friendly and does not seem to have serious injuries, the next step is to try to capture the dog. Often, the best way to do it is with food. Duck and try to persuade the dog with a happy and cheerful tone of voice. Do not chase the dog as this is likely to make you run away from you.
If you can get the dog to come to you, try to find a way to contain the dog. Remember to be sure and avoid a dog bite. If possible, place a leash on the dog or corral the dog in a closed area. Take pictures of the dog with your phone if possible.
Try to identify the dog
Look for a collar and an identification tag. If there is no identification, take the dog to a local veterinarian or animal shelter so he can scan it for a microchip. If a microchip is not found, do not assume the dog is a stray dog. It is always better to assume first that a dog is lost and look for its owner.
Call the authorities
Speaking legally, you should contact animal control about the lost dog. Local laws generally require a waiting period before a stray dog can be relocated or slaughtered. This period of time can be from five days to two weeks, according to local laws. The waiting period allows owners to recover their lost dogs. Due to overcrowding, you may be able to raise the dog while trying to locate the owner. If not, you can inform the animal control that you want to take the dog after the waiting period to prevent euthanasia.
Search for the owner
During the legal waiting period, you must take steps to locate the dog owner. Post booklets with a brief description of the dog in the area where you found the dog. Look for lost flying dogs in the city. Search local missing pet websites, Facebook pages and online classifieds (such as Craigslist) for publications on stray dogs. Post announcements about the found dog, including photos, on these websites.
Promoting the dog
You may decide to raise the dog while looking for the owner (or, after the waiting period, looking for a home forever). If so, you must first take the dog to a veterinarian for evaluation. Keep in mind that you must assume the financial responsibility of the dog in this case.
Once the veterinarian has seen the dog and received the necessary treatments, tests, and vaccines, you can take it home. Create a safe and comfortable area for the dog away from other pets in the home. If this is your first experience with a dog, consult your veterinarian for advice on feeding and other care.
If you can not find an owner for the dog, your next step is to decide: Will you promote and find a home for the dog, or will you keep the dog as your pet? If you are raising the dog, you can find a pet rescue group to help you take financial responsibility. Contact groups in your area to explore your options. If you stay with the dog, congratulations. You will have a friend for life!