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Archive for February 8th, 2014

What To Do If You Find a Stray or Lost Pet

Saturday, February 8, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

LOST PETIf you’re a true animal lover, you would find it very difficult to drive away if you see a stray, or lost pet. It doesn’t matter if it’s a cat, dog or even a rabbit. You feel the need to do something. If you’re in your car, think about safety first and don’t cause a traffic accident.  Pull you car completely off the road, turn off the ignition and put on the parking brake.  Put on your hazard lights.   Now, consider the safety of the animal. A stray pet could be frightened, injured or both. You don’t want to scare it and have it run out into traffic.  Try to restrain the animal. Use a carrier if you have one. If not try to use anything to keep the animal from leaving the area.  Try luring it over with a cloth, rope or anything that you may have handy. Signal approaching vehicles to slow down.  Even if you get close enough to capture her, you still stand a chance of getting scratched or bitten. As you move toward her, speak in a calm, soft voice. Make sure that she sees you approaching at all times. If you have some food with you like a can of tuna, try using it to entice her.

If you’re sure that you can contact someone to come and get the animal soon, try to lure her into your car with food. Close the door and wait for help.  In most cases, it’s not safe to drive with a stray dog or cat in you car. The dog may become excited and cause you to have an accident. Cats usually don’t like cars. They may try to get under your dashboard or lodge themselves under the seat which can cause them injury when trying to extract them.

If you are able to transport the animal, take her to the nearest animal shelter. Call the shelter or agency first and let them know that you are bringing in a stray or lost pet. This way they will have time to make the necessary preparations. If you plan to keep the animal in the event no owner is found, notify animal control that you have the animal or that you have taken her to a veterinary hospital for treatment. You can usually place a free “found” ad in your local newspaper. Keep any identification, such as collar or tags, should any question arise later. If you have pets, they must not come in contact with the new animal until it is checked out by a vet and is given a clean bill of health.

Even though this seems like a daring event, you are really doing a great thing by rescuing a lost or injured pet. Just make sure that you follow these simple rules, don’t panic and don’t put yourself in danger.

Remember, your pets count!

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