Each and every one of us has found a dog wandering around looking lost at one time or another. As dog lovers, this is so hard to see and scary! We immediately realize it could be our loved one out there alone and afraid. There are steps to remember if you find a stray dog and you want to help.
Safety – Step One
Never forget that you do not know this dog and it is important for you to be safe. When scared a dog can be mean or erratic. If the dog appears to be this way, you should not approach it and call a local agency to help. When you do this, know where the dog is so that you can accurately let the local agency know the location.
If the lost dog does not appear to be aggressive, you can try to confine it with a tie, rope or other item you have handy. Still using caution when you try to do this! It is important to never forget that you do not know this dog and you don’t want to get hurt by it. Approach with a calm demeanor. One way to have a stray dog trust you are by offering it yummy food if you happen to have any,
Reach Out To A Local Veterinarian
If the lost dog appears to need care, you can reach out to a local veterinarian, but you should be prepared to pay the costs of the care. This type of care can be expensive. Important though that helping a lost dog can be its second chance at life.
If charity is important to you, you can reach out to the local clinics or non-profits and donate money, items and/or your time – all are valuable!
Can You Find The Family?
After ensuring that you and the dog are safe, now is time to find the family. We all know that there is a family out there searching desperately for their loved one. First and most obvious, is there a tag with contact information. Has the dog been microchipped? You could create a flier to hang around the neighborhood. And let the local animal shelter know you have found the dog.
What happens if you cannot find the owner? Each one of us must determine the right next step. Will you keep the dog while you continue to look? Ask the local animal shelter to take the dog? Foster home may be an option.
We all love dogs and a lost dog tugs at our heart strings. Of course, we want to rescue all lost dogs! With these tips, we hope you can safely do just that!