How To Apprach And Rescue A Stray Dog

No matter if you live in an urban or rural environment, there is always a possibility that you might run into a stray dog in your neighborhood. When you see a stray dog you probably the first thing you think about is the family that the dog belongs to. Most pet owners would love to see the dog and its family reunited, but few of us may be hesitant to do so. By following a few guidelines, you will be able to be the hero of that reattachment and both the dog and the family will be grateful.

First, you should never approach a stray dog if you have concerns about your safety. The dog is probably as afraid of you as you are of it. Most dogs, even friendly dogs will be nervous because they are outside of their environment and you are a stranger to them. If you feel uncomfortable or nervous about approaching the stray dog, call animal control. The local dog shelter is usually the first place a family will search when they lose their dog.

If you are not nervous about approaching the dog, check and see if the animal has an ID tag or some form of identification. Some dog owners even put pet GPS locators on their dog in case they come up missing. If there are no tags, the next thing you should do is to check with neighbors to see if they are missing a dog. In most cases, the dog probably lives in the neighborhood in which it was found.

If that does not work and you do not want to take the dog to a local shelter, then you need to take care of the dog until the owners are found. You can check the paper or put up flyers advertising the lost dog. Check with the animal shelter frequently to see if there is someone looking for it. If all else fails, try to find the animal a nice home or adopt it yourself. Leaving the dog alone to fend for itself would be a terrible thing for anyone to do.

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helenathegreat 7 years ago from Manhattan

Instead of a GPS chip, my dog has a microchip between his shoulder blades.  Most shelters and even vets will have scanners for microchips.  Once they have the number, they can look up the dog in the national database to find out the owner's name, address, and even phone number.  It's great for peace of mind that if my dog ever got loose and lost his collar somehow, it's still possible that a well-meaning person could take him to the shelter and find my number so we could get him back.

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Karen Ellis 6 years ago from Central Oregon

good info - thanks.

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