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Tips on Taking Good Photographs of the Pet
What to Do When You’ve Found a “Stray”
Please keep in mind that just because an animal is wandering alone, injured, scared, or without identification does not mean that he had a “bad” home. Animals get separated from loving owners and there are legitimate reasons that an animal may not have his tags on when you find him. Until you know otherwise, give that owner the benefit of the doubt.
The best option for everyone is if you, or someone you know are able to keep the animal in your home while looking for the owner. If you must take the animal to the shelter, and you wish to do everything you can for the animal and may be interested in adopting it if no owner comes forward, be sure to ask them to notify you if the animal is not claimed within a given time period and is due to be put down. It is a good idea to call the shelter daily to let the staff know that you are interested in the animal’s welfare.
Make Every Effort to Find the Owner
Reuniting an animal and owner:
- Check for a tag with any contact information.
- If it is an owner’s name, call them.
- If the tag gives the name of a veterinarian’s clinic, call during business hours and get the name and phone number of the owner using the code number on the tag.
- If there is a license tag but no name tag, the owner can be tracked through the licensing agent in tat area.
- Check for a microchip. Most veterinarians have scanners and can do this for you. Your local shelter should also be to scan an animal for a microchip. If a chip exists, they will call the recovery company, who will in turn notify the owner that the pet has been found and where to go to recover the animal. When micro-chipped, the owner also gets a tag to put on the animal’s collar. If the pet is wearing the collar tag, anyone who finds the pet can call the toll-free number, making it unnecessary to involve the authorities.
- Post your pet on MTCAN.org - Fill out a Found Pet Report
- Notify your local shelter that you have found a stray animal.
- If the owners of the animal are looking for their pet, they will most likely start by calling the shelter, so it’s very important that the shelter knows that you have found the pet.
- Some shelters have bulletin boards on which people can list lost and found pets, so it’s a good idea to post a photo of the pet at the shelter.
- Check lost-and-found ads in the local newspapers. Place a free ad in the lost-and-found section yourself.
- Post flyers in the vicinity where the animal was found.
- Ask the caller to bring a photo of the animal to the meeting place.
- Ask for their veterinarian’s phone number, and make a follow-up call.
- Watch how the animal reacts to the caller in person. If you are not satisfied, ask for more proof of ownership.
- Remember to get the owner’s phone number and address.
- Ask them to bring their photo ID.