What to do if you find a Stray or Lost Dog
If you find a dog in your community and want to help them, here are some things to do:
- Call your local animal shelters and/or Humane Society to see if anyone has lost a dog matching the description.
- Check for a collar and ID tags. If you’re unable to find contact information on the tag, call the number listed on the tag anyway. Sometimes people have a different number listed on their pet’s tag than they use as their primary number — just ask!
- Take it to the closest vet clinic or animal hospital. They may be able to scan it for an ID microchip (microchips are implanted under an animal’s skin like a vaccine) that provides your contact information if registered by an owner. Many clinics also have a Lost & Found bulletin board where you can leave posters with details of your lost or found pet as well as look for other animals in case someone posted about one who was missing.
- Take it to your local animal shelter so that they can check their records for anyone who might be looking for their dog. In the meantime, they will house it until its owner claims it or until they find another suitable home (they will not euthanize unless absolutely necessary). You can also post details on Craigslist about the dog in case its owner is searching online. Another great resource is Facebook; there are groups you can join based on region where people share photos of lost pets and alert others when pets get turned into shelters or found at large around town.
Top Four Ways to Handle Pet Loss
Owning a pet can be a lot like having kids. They’re part of your family and it’s devastating when they pass away. Here are our top four ways to handle pet loss:
- Find someone to talk to – Many people find that talking with someone who understands what you are feeling is very helpful. One good resource is the Humane Society of Utah where you can call 801-261-2919 ext. 215 or email [email protected] and speak with their Human-Animal Connection Manager, Janita Coombs, LCSW, who is trained in grief counseling and can help you find the best support for your situation
- Join a support group – Grieving the loss of an animal is not uncommon and there are many online support groups available to comfort those suffering from such losses. A great place to start is petloss.com which offers both online support groups as well as phone numbers for hotlines across the United States where someone will pick up the phone and talk with you about how much you miss your beloved pet friend
- Seek professional help – If necessary, don’t hesitate to seek counseling from a mental health professional who specializes in helping people cope with loss
- Take care of yourself – Use this time to focus on what makes you feel good such as eating healthy foods, spending time outdoors, meditating, or exercising
Adopt a new furry friend
There are many ways to help out and save a pup’s life. Here’s what you need to consider:
- Adopting a dog is great, but it’s important to understand the commitment. Dogs require lots of love, attention and care, so it’s important that the decision is made with due consideration of your other responsibilities. But if you decide adoption is the right choice for you, know that you will be giving a dog a new lease on life!
- Rescuing dogs can be extremely rewarding. You may wonder what the difference is between adopting and rescuing. Rescue organizations typically pull dogs from shelters where they would otherwise die because they have not been adopted within their time frame; rescues then work quickly to find homes for them or place them in foster homes until they can be adopted. By participating in rescue efforts, you will save not one pup but many—and you’ll feel great knowing that you made an impact on an entire community of animals in need!
- Fostering dogs is another way to get involved and make a difference for these pups. Foster parents open up their homes to shelter pups in order to give them temporary housing while waiting for their forever home. Fostering saves lives by opening up much-needed spaces at shelters so more dogs can be saved from euthanasia or living their whole lives without families of their own!
- Volunteering at an animal shelter gives back by helping out with various tasks around the facility—from cleaning kennels or walking dogs every day after work (great exercise!), to taking photos and doing online promotion when time allows! And if there’s not enough room at your local shelter? Consider donating food or supplies such as blankets, toys (plushies), shampoo etcetera.”
Rescuing animals is a rewarding and life-changing experience.
Adopting a pet will change your life forever, not to mention the life of the animal you rescue.
- If you’re looking for a new furry friend, start by visiting your local shelter in person. If that’s not an option or you don’t find what you’re looking for, check out Petfinder (https://www.petfinder.com). This free service allows users to search shelters across the globe for their perfect match by age, breed and size.
- Many people can be overwhelmed by the number of animals at shelters and make the mistake of adopting on impulse. Do some research before heading out and be aware that an animal’s behavior in a shelter is often vastly different from how they’ll act in their new environment. Some pets may need time to decompress; others might require special care or training due to health problems or behavioral issues caused by abuse or neglect. Be honest with yourself about which type of pet you can handle given your current lifestyle and experience level with animals—and which type would best suit each member of your family (including any existing pets). It’s said that dogs resemble their owners, but this isn’t always true when it comes to adopted pets!
- Once you’ve found a potential fit, spend some time getting acquainted before making any decisions; interaction between members of the household should also occur during this process if possible. After all, adopting a pet is akin to adding another member to your family; there are many things that must line up before adoption day arrives: Does everyone feel comfortable around this particular animal? Is everyone actually excited about adding this particular animal? Can everyone agree on taking responsibility for its care? Answering these questions beforehand will help ensure that no one feels pressured into bringing home more than they bargained for—or else risk having to bring them back again later because it’s just not working out after all.