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Lost & Found
How to Find Lost
Advice if You
Found a Lost Pet
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Here is what you should do
if you find a lost dog:
Leash the dog but be
If the dog appears
friendly and comes up for a pet get a collar and leash on the dog. You
cannot control a dog just by having a hand on the leash.
Be very careful !
Some dogs can become frightened from efforts to control and may bite
or attempt escape when collaring and leashing.
Keep the dog calm using a
soft, reassuring voice. Treats can help.
Be VERY careful if the dog
appears injured or very fearful. If in doubt call a professional
animal control expert.
Contain the dog
If you have a kennel or
dog crate use it to contain the dog.
If you do not have a space
or kennel restrain the dog to a post or tree with a chew proof line.
Many dogs that are found have already escaped from a kennel or tie out
Give the dog immediate
access to water. Dogs can go days without food but not so without
Containing the dog in a
house or shed can result in damage from chewing or elimination. Choose
wisely, not all dogs are house broken.
If you have the dog for
several days you will have to:
If the dog is injured:
Handle the dog very
carefully! Even a well trained and highly socialized dog can become
aggressive when injured.
Take the dog to a vet if
possible. If not, call animal control or call a local vet who might be
willing to make a house call.
Make sure that the vet
knows that this is not your dog and that you are performing a
You may have to make a
decision about paying for services.
Determine if there is
Dog tags with contact
Collars with ID tags
Tattoos - Usually on the
inside of the ears or on the belly side
Chips - You can only
determine this from having a Vet scan the animal with a reader.
Use Internet resources.
Some of these are listed on our HOW TO FIND LOST
If no immediate contact /
ID information is found:
Call the local shelters to
check for lost listings.
Call animal control to
check for lost listings.
Call local police and
report the found dog.
Call the local humane
society to check for lost listings.
Check for posters by
driving around in your area.
Post "found dog"
posters. Do not fully describe the dog so that you can get a more
detailed description from the person that might call you. You don't
want to give the dog to the wrong person. Do not put your address or
name on the posters, just your phone contact information. This is to
protect your privacy and avoid being scammed.
Post a "Found
Dog" post in the local newspaper and check for "Lost
Dog" listings. These are often free.
Check Internet resources.
We like to use google.com and use a
phrase like "LOST FOUND DOG CITY" where CITY is your city,
county or state. There are LOTS of web sites for lost dogs. When we
typed in "lost found dog buford georgia" we got the Georgia
Pet Lost & Found at the top and a link to Georgia Animal Shelters
and Rescue Groups.
Take the dog to a vet and
have it scanned for a chip
You can post a FREE
listing at our LOST & FOUND page.
Once contact is made:
Make sure that this is the
owner by asking questions.
Get as much additional
contact information from the owner as you can. This can come in handy
if you are disconnected or there is difficulty in meeting up.
Give the owner accurate
directions and phone contact information in case of any problems.
If no contact is made in a
reasonable time you can:
Contact your animal
control services and request the dog be picked up. Know that these
organizations will only keep a lost dog for a few days before having
to euthanise the animal.
"rescue" organization. They are in business to find good
homes for dogs without homes. The easiest way to contact these is via
the Internet. We use google.com and
use a key phrase like "dog rescue breed" where
"breed" is the breed of the dog.
Give the dog a new home.
Be aware that an owner may show up and want their pet back. Make sure
that you have the animal fully checked out by a vet. Also check local
laws regarding your rights.
More about finding lost
dogs can be found at: