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Finding a lost dog

Sunday, January 2, 2011
posted by Jim Murphy

dog-lostThis scenario is more common than you think. You’re in the park and a dog who looks distressed crosses your path or your in your car and you see a stray dog wander across the road.  What do you do?  You have only a few seconds to make a decision and act on it. If you’re an animal lover, you would certainly stop and try to help the animal. Here are some tips in dealing with a lost dog.

Keeping a few simple things in your car can make a world of difference when it comes to dealing with a lost, scared or injured animal.  Keep a dog leash and heavy blanket in your trunk.  This will help you restrain a lost or injured dog without the risk in injury.   Keep a can of food and a bottle of water in your car. These can be used to entice the animal.  Keeping a first aid kit is a good idea but make sure you do your research and know how to use it properly.  Always think about your safety first. Even a very gentle dog can attack if it’s injured or scared. Once you restrain the animal, take it to a shelter or a vet right away. Some dogs are micro chipped and their owners could be located just by scanning the dog. Sometimes there will be a name of phone number on his collar.

If you don’t feel confident about your own safety when trying to rescue a lost or injured animal, then call the local police or the ASPCA and ask for help.

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