We’ve all been there; you’re driving down the road when you see a lonely dog aimlessly wandering around. This is especially gut-wrenching for pet parents. What if your beloved dog was lost and in the same situation? Well, if you have a desire to help a pup in need, then here are a few important things to keep in mind while saving the next stray dog that you encounter.
Safety is the first and most important aspect of rescuing a stray dog. The dog may be unpredictable and even possibly aggressive. If this is the case, it is recommended that you stay in your car and call the local animal control agency for a helping hand. Just make sure to keep track of the dog so that you can notify the agency of the dog’s whereabouts.
If the dog is not aggressive, then try to restrain it with a barrier such as a carrier, leash, or rope. As you get closer to the animal, use caution. You do not want to get scratched or bitten, so you must approach the animal very slowly and calmly. A great way to gain the trust of a stray dog is by offering it strong-smelling, enticing food.
Visit a Veterinarian
If you decide that the stray dog you have picked up needs veterinary care, then be prepared to take on the financial responsibilities that come with the visits. Caring about a sick or injured animal can be expensive, but it is because of generous pet rescuers that stray dogs get second chances at good health and even greater lives.
If you are not considering rescuing a stray dog but want to help the cause, you can contact your local veterinary clinic and ask about how you can donate money or volunteer your time.
Try to Find the Owner
After you have rescued the dog and made sure it is safe and healthy, it is so important that you try to find the owner of the dog. Put yourself in the owner’s shoes; what would you want a rescuer to do if he or she found your cherished pet? Here are some steps you can take to find the owner: create a flier with the dog’s photo, take the dog to a local shelter to get scanned for a microchip, and file a “found dog” report through the animal shelter.
If none of these tracking tactics are successful, then you may want to consider either bringing the dog to a local animal shelter or welcoming the dog into your own home. However, you must dedicate a lot of time and energy to finding the owner of the stray dog before you can decide on this step.
Stray dogs have soft spots in all pet parents’ hearts. This makes it so easy for us to want to rescue any stray dog we see! Hopefully, after reading this article, you better understand the steps you should take to successfully and safely rescue your next furry-friend in need.