I found a stray dog, now what?
Many people contact rescue to ask them to take in a stray dog they have found, hoping to eliminate a trip to the animal shelter where the dog may be put to sleep if not reclaimed by the owner.
Most rescues are unable to accept strays as a good-faith effort to locate the owner needs to be made for a minimum of 30 days before a dog can be adopted when not processed through animal control. Depending on where you live, your local animal shelter needs to be notified that you have found an animal. This is likely the first place someone who lost their pet will look.
Here are some important steps for those who have found a stray:
1) Post flyers throughout the area where the dog was found.
2) Talk to neighbors to see if anyone knows where the dog lives.
3) Take the dog to a veterinarian or animal shelter and ask to have him/her scanned for a microchip. The microchip will provide the name and phone number of the owner if it was registered with the microchip company.
4) Place found ads in your local newspapers
5) File a "found dog" report with the local animal shelter.
Because Blue Sky utilizes foster homes, we are only able to accept new intakes if you (finder) are able to provide them a home until a forever home is found. Contact us at email@example.com