You Found a Dog, Now What?

Found a Dog

Easter weekend Aunt Zim was on her way home from running errands, around 10am, when she saw a stray dog dodging in and out of traffic. She quickly did a U-turn and tried to catch the the stray dog before it was too late. “Luckily” she was able to catch her. Then she thought what most people think when they have a stray or lost animal, “now what?” Living in rural Southern Minnesota we don’t have a lot of resources like bigger cities. So here is what she did to help reunite this “Lucky” little girl with her family.

After catching her, Aunt Zim brought this girl to our local vet which also provide care and shelter to stray/surrendered animals in our little town. The first thing the vet tech did was scan for a chip (unfortunately the dog had no chip). She was wearing a collar, but no tag. The vet informed Aunt Zim that the pup was around 1 years old and was currently in heat.

Even though this clinic provides shelter to stray animals, Aunt Zim found this dog in a different county, so this place wasn’t able to take her in. To make matters worse, the correct county’s shelter was closed for the weekend. So, what options did Aunt Zim have except take this little girl in?

Once Aunt Zim brought this little girl home she introduced her to Laika (the resident dog) and placed her in the kennel for the time being until everyone was settled. She took a picture and shared it on her Facebook page as well as different Facebook groups and pages. Some of the groups she shared the info on was:

  • Lost Dogs Minnesota
  • Lost Pets Mankato

At about 2pm Aunt Zim got a call for a lady saying this was her dog. The pup’s name was Lucky! The owner came with her son to pick Lucky up and the pup immediately ran up to the little boy who was beaming with joy.

Aunt Zim was able to help Lucky return home after being missing for only 5 hours.

Lost Dog

Here are some important steps to take if you find a stray dog:

  • Check Tag
    • Check and see if the dog is wearing a tag. If so, call the number(s).
  • Check for a microchip.
    • Bring the dog into a vet or shelter to have them scanned for a microchip.
  • Find a Shelter
    • If you can find a shelter for the dog to stay, that would be ideal. As most people tend to check shelters first when their pet goes missing.
  • Taking the Dog In
      • If you don’t have any other options, housing the dog is an option. Here are important points to be mindful of:
      • If you have other animals at home, make sure you can keep your resident animals separate. The found dog could be sick, have fleas, aggressive, or fearful.
      • Know what you’re getting yourself into.
        • Do you have time and resources to find the dog’s owner?
        • Do you have supplies?
      • Spread the word; here are some places to help spread the word:
        • Facebook
          • Local Lost Dog Pages/Groups
          • Garage Sale Groups
          • Message Friends
          • Make a Post (Make sure your post is set to “public”
        • Local Paper
        • Shelters/Vets
        • Pet Supply Stores/Groomers
      • Be cautious when the owner reaches out.
        • It’s sad to say in this day and age you can’t trust people. Here are somethings to keep in mind when the owner reach out.
          • Ask to see pictures.
          • Ask for the dog’s name and see how the dog responds.
          • Ask for vet papers.
          • Ask them when the dog went missing.

Find a Lost Dog

I hope these tips help you if/when you find a lost dog. This information is mostly based on the resources located in our rural area. Depending on where you live, there may be more resource out there for you.

I would love to know, if you have ever been in a situation where you found a lost dog? What did you? What resource did you use?

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