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Tips to Help Get A Lost Dog Home

Every pet owner should invest in a heavy-duty collar and identification tags that will stand up to the test of time. When a dog comes barking at your door, the first thing to do is to check to see if he’s wearing tags. In many cases, a single phone call is all it takes to reunite a pet and his owner. PetHub has a unique tag that lists the dog’s name, but also links to his pet profile page via a unique bar code imprinted on the tag.
If the dog is not wearing ID tags, the next step is to take him to the humane society or to your own veterinarian to have him scanned for a microchip. Because a microchip can only be read by a certain machine, you may not even know it’s there, but it is a convenient way to identify dogs, share their medical needs and histories, and reunite them with their owners.
 
 
Make up flyers with the dog’s photo, put up posters announcing “Dog Found”, and call the local humane societies on a daily basis. Many have an updated list of dogs that have been found, and anyone can call and listen to a list of animals that are in need of help finding their way home. Whether you decide to keep the dog, or to turn him over to a shelter or humane society, it’s important to get the dog listed on there.
 
 
  Look close to home.  Comb your neighborhood looking for lost pet posters, signs on cars, and even someone obviously looking for something.  If you are able to put the pet on a leash (preferably with a halter so you have more control), take them for a walk -- they might take you right to their front door!
 
If you decide that adopting the dog is not for you, take care to leave him at a local no-kill shelter, rather than simply letting him run free or taking him to the closest humane society. Because of overpopulation, many dogs are put up for adoption if the owner hasn’t been located within 3 days, and may be euthanized immediately if deemed not suitable for adoption due to age, temperament, or medical issues. Some shelters will not accept breeds such as Pit Bulls or Rotweillers. Take the time to do research before deciding who is best suited to help your lost friend.
 
 
 
  Should you decide to adopt, a trip to the veterinarian is one of the first orders of business. If the dog has not been properly identified or microchipped, it’s impossible to know his medical needs or history. A thorough examination, and a bit of paperwork, is necessary before making a lost pooch the newest member of your family.
 
 
Never assume the pet’s original family has stopped looking.  ALWAYS assume this pet is lost and not a stray or abandoned pet. Even if the pet has become part of your family, know that his owner might still be frantically looking for him and simply have no idea he is now safe and sound with you.  Keep your eyes open for lost pet posters and notices.  

 

 

 
Be mindful when people call claiming the pet. Possibly even worse than the pet never getting home would be a pet given to someone other than their owner by accident.  Be sure to not ask leading questions. Make the caller give you a full description of the lost pet and make sure to arrange the “reuniting” in a safe, public place (or take a friend or family member with you if you are taking the pet directly home).

 

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