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Finding a Lost Pet
Do you know what you
would do if you found a lost pet?
First - don't fall in love!
Most misplaced pets have a home and a family they belong to. If a stray animal wanders your way, don't just ignore him either.
Often times we look the other way when we see a lost dog or cat roaming the streets. Many of these animals could be reunited quickly with their families if people would take the time to get involved.
If you suspect an animal is lost-
Precautions when finding a lost pet-
- Check to see if he's wearing a collar.
- Does he look like he's been cared for?
- Is he roaming in a private neighborhood?
- If he's friendly, check the collar for identification. If there's a name, phone number, or address which is current, you may have a good chance at locating his
- If there is no information to help identify him or if the information is not current, you can try taking him to a nearby veterinarian to have him scanned for a microchip.
Note: The microchip must be updated with the most current contact information or you may be back to square one.
If after a reasonable period of time, an owner has not been located, then you may want to contact the Humane Shelter or a local NO-KILL shelter to transfer care of the animal if you can't keep him.
- Be cautious before handling the animal. Make sure he's friendly toward you as you safely approach him.
- If you decide to care for the pet for a brief time, (say one or two weeks) while trying to locate his owner, then you must have him evaluated by a veterinarian for safety reasons. Avoid exposing your home, pets, or children until you're sure he's free of illness or pest infestation.
Try to contain the animal in a safe, dry area.
- Call all the pet services located in the area where you live such as veterinary offices, pet groomers, pet boarding, and training facilities. Describe the lost pet and ask if anyone has made an inquiry about a lost pet. Leave your contact information for them.
- If the pet was found in your neighborhood, he may live nearby. Go door to door, or drive around the neighborhood to catch anyone who may be searching for a missing pet.
- Print fliers and post near mailboxes and street signs. Include your phone number, area where animal was found, and a brief description of the missing pet. Make sure that anyone calling to inquire can provide you with a detailed description to ensure they are the rightful owner.
- Contact the local animal shelters to see if anyone has inquired about a missing pet. Don't forget to leave your contact information.
- Submit a lost and found add in your local newspaper. This is usually a free service. You might also contact a local radio station and ask if they would provide their listeners a special service announcement for the lost pet. Again, leave only a brief description of the animal, location where he was found, and your contact information.
- Check the Internet for organizations willing to let you post a notice about a misplaced pet.
Important Note: If you find an animal that has been injured, or exhibits signs of illness, do not try and handle the animal.
Call the Humane Shelter or local No-kill shelter for assistance. An injured or ill animal may be frightened or in pain, and can bite or be a threat to strangers.
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