It can be stressful having a stray dog in your life, because their appearance is unexpected. However, acting quickly can help find the dog’s owners. Here are a few simple steps you can take:
- Visit the Vet. If you ever come across a stray dog, the first and most important thing you should do is take it to a vet immediately. Get it scanned for a microchip. All vet offices have the ability to scan for microchips, and more than likely they won’t charge you for an office visit. (Similarly, if you are a pet owner, I strongly encourage you to get your pet micro-chipped. You never know when the unthinkable might happen and your pet is missing.)
- Take pictures. These will come in handy for fliers, postings online, etc. Pictures that show the full body of the pet and ones that show a close up of the face work best.
- Hang up “Found Dog” fliers ASAP. Make the fliers attention-grabbing for people who are driving by. Use colorful, sturdy paper and clear, bold letters. List only the most important information. If you’re posting about a found pet, remember not to list every detail. For example, we didn’t list that the pup was found with a purple collar, because we wanted to use that as a tool to “screen” those who called for their truthfulness.
- Contact animal organizations. Call around to all the local vet offices, animal control, and any rescue shelters to report the found dog. These places get reports like this all the time, so they’ll know to get your name, contact information, and description of the pet and leave a note in case anyone else comes in looking for a lost dog.
- Take advantage of the Internet. You can post information for Found pets on Craigslist, under the LostNFound section. When you go to craigslist.com, click on your state, then your city, then under the “Community” section click Lost And Found. Be as descriptive as possible! Other sites you can use to report Found Dogs in your area include PetFinder.com and FidoFinder.com. In my area, there’s even a specific blog for lost and found pets.
Update On the Pup:
No news from any possible owners she might have had at one time. We’re starting to think she may have purposely been dropped off by the Dog Park.
We have been contacted by ComeBye Border Collie Rescue in Southern IL about possibly taking her into their fostering program. Right now, we’re trying to determine if she’s “enough” border collie.
The Humane Society of Southwest Missouri has been extremely helpful and is setting up an appointment for us to meet with them regarding the pup.
A nice lady at the Cruise Dog Park gave us a nice leather leash that can go with the pup when she finds a home.
A few coworkers of my parents have expressed interest in adopting her.
We took her to Healing Paws Veterinary Clinic, who confirmed she’s part short-haired Border Collie, is about 6-7 months old, and weighs about 27 pounds.
Keep your fingers crossed!