Oct. 4, 2012, 07:16 PM
I was thinking that there is a big difference between finding a strange dog loose with tags, from finding a strange lost dog without any identification.
The first one is a no brainer, try to contact what information is on the tag.
The second one is the one that I would call AC first, as there is no way to know where he came from.
Oct. 12, 2012, 06:57 PM
When I find a dog, which I do quite often, I will post signs and "found" ads online. If I don't find the owner within a couple of days we go to the vet for vaccinations, deworming and spay/neuter and I find them a new home... or they stay with me if I can convince the DH.
I would never in a million years bring any animal to a shelter in my area. The kill rates are off the charts and improperly vaccinated animals will get sick in a heartbeat.
Oct. 12, 2012, 07:43 PM
In the counties where I've lived in MI, the law states that you must notify AC. That makes sense to me given that most owners are going to call AC first. If the dog doesn't have tags or anything, my first call would be to notify AC, then sheriff/police, then local vets, etc.
A good horseman doesn't have to tell anyone...the horse already knows.
Might be a reason, never an excuse...
Oct. 12, 2012, 08:11 PM
Oct. 12, 2012, 08:29 PM
I would have to call AC because I have nowhere to put a stray dog, what with my two and the cat. We have a good animal control officer and they have a very well-maintained kennel. Also, frankly, I don't want to deal with posters and phone calls and everything else. My taxes pay for the AC guy's salary, so I say, use him.
I realize that I'm generalizing here, but as is often the case when I generalize, I don't care. ~ Dave Barry
Oct. 12, 2012, 09:35 PM
Unless you absolutely know for a fact that the most obvious local shelter euthanizes rapidly and unpredictably, you should take a stray to that shelter because that's where the owner will most likely look first. From what I've read, people tend to assume the worst very quickly after a pet disappears, so if they check every local shelter in the first few days and the pet is with a rescuer who's making phone calls and printing flyers - if the two never cross, the owner may give up before the flyers and phone calls make an impact on the physical area where the dog was found.
Originally Posted by Sansena
Don't get me wrong, I think the OP's vet office was nasty to imply she was doing something wrong - she was obviously jumping through hoops to locate the owners. I just have heard a few too many stories about people "taking in" strays and never trying to find the owners but immediately going into rescue mode. I'm leery of the idea of not placing the dog in the place everyone knows to look, the local pound.
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