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Finding a stray

Thursday, July 7, 2011
posted by Jim Murphy

When an unfamiliar dog or cat wanders into your yard or neighborhood, it may be a stray that could have been abandoned or maybe it’s a lost pet. Talk to the animal in a calm, reassuring voice. If it’s someones pet it may approach you. Then you could check for a collar and ID tag. If the cat or dog was abandoned or is a stray, it may be wary and not want to come to you. Many times the animal is hungry. Try giving it some food to win it over. Take your time and move slowly. Allow the animal to approach you and sniff your hand. If the dog or cat has ID tags, call the owner and restrain the animal  until the owner arrives. If the animal has no ID, call the police or your local animal shelter.



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