First let us thank you for taking the time to helping a pet in need. Now here are somethings you can do to help reunite the animal with their family.
When turning an animal into animal control, give them as much information as you possibly can regarding the exact location where you found the animal. (E.g. intersections, mile markers, Date, time of day/night etc.)
If you find a dog in a rural area, it is possible the dog is not lost but just roaming around. If you see any properties nearby, you may want to check with them to see if they know who the owner is. Of course if the animal appears to be in immediate danger (busy highway) it is best to remove it from that situation.
If you live a long distance away from where you found the dog, please try to drop the animal off at the local animal control facility. Removing the animal from the location (city/county) where it was found makes it less likely that the animal can be reunited with its family.
Oh, no! Your furry or purry friend just dashed out the door or broke his leash and ran off down the street. However it happened all you know is that your furry one is not where s/he should be - at home with you. What do you do now?
First, call your county police dispatch (Animal Control) with a report including a detailed description of your pet and exactly where he or she went missing. Animal Control hours are by appointment only.
Please remember that the CHA is NOT Animal Control. If your pet is picked up by Animal Control, it will not be brought up to the CHA, it will be taken to the animal control facility. Animal Control will hold an animal during 7 days to give owners an opportunity to find them. If an animal is not claimed by its owner within that period, two or more things may happen:
If you are planning on offering a reward for the return of your pet, please consider the following. A reward may generate an incentive for people to find your dog, but this can also cause problems. Your pet, who may already be spooked or scared, may become even more afraid, thus making it harder to catch if people start chasing it in the hopes of collecting a reward. In an effort to escape from his pursuers, your pet may also get into trouble by either biting someone or worse bolting into traffic trying to get away. You may also have to deal with unscrupulous "finders" who may try to take advantage of the situation, especially when you're at your most vulnerable and emotional. Never pay a reward until you have your dog back and never go to meet the finder by yourself.
Here are some other Other helpful things you can do to help your furry loved one find his way back home.
You can use this poster template.