What to do if you find a lost dog in Ontario
Have you ever seen a pooch wandering the streets alone and wondered, “What should I do?” These are our tips for what to do if you find a lost dog in Ontario.
Seven simple steps you can take to find the owner of a lost dog:
1. Look for identification
The first course of action recommend by the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society is to look for any identification tags on the dog. These tags usually contain the animal’s name, phone number and sometimes an address.
2. Check for a microchip
The dog may also be microchipped. To find out if they are, you can bring them to your local animal centre or veterinarian’s office to have them scanned.
3. Call your local animal centre
If the animal does not have a tag, call your local animal centre or humane society. Sometimes animal centres get calls from people who have lost their pets and keep descriptions of them on hand.
4. Call your local municipal animal control
Give your local animal control office a call. They also get reports of missing animals and may be able to put you in contact with the pup’s owners.
5. Go social
Facebook, Twitter and Instagram act as great connectors for pet owners missing pets. Check for local lost/found community pages where someone may be asking after an animal fitting the description of the dog you found. It’s also worth creating your own post about the lost animal and asking friends and family to share it. You never know who might see it; social media makes the world a lot smaller!
6. Poster your neighbourhood
Take a photo of the dog and create a simple poster to distribute throughout your neighbourhood, providing a way for the owner to contact you.
7. Word of mouth
Don’t forget to utilize your network. Ask neighbours, friends and family if they, or someone they know, have lost a dog.
If you are the one who lost a pet, consult this blog post for tips on recovering your pet.
For a list of Ontario SPCA and Humane Society animal centres and affiliate societies across Ontario, please visit our contact page.
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