Losing a pet is a daunting experience. Dog and cat masters will most likely go to almost any lengths to find and retrieve their four-legged companions. Unfortunately, many family pet owners consider contacting regulators at the “pound” either a last resort or absolute taboo. While there are many other good resources to help locate your pet, your city or county animal control facilities should actually be your first contact if your pet is missing.
Doggy catchers and animal impound shelters get a bad rap all too often. Metropolis or county facilities for animal control are usually staffed with people who are in that particular line of work because they love animals. Indeed, a regrettable part of the job is to euthanize animals that are hopelessly ill or injured, a danger to the general public or other animals, or unwanted Chien perdu. So, the key is to ensure the shelter staff knows your pet isn’t very unwanted, by notifying them first that your pet may be “at large” and asking them to add him or her to their lost listing and “into the system”. Taking this step first is important for several reasons:
Time may be short.
Many shelters work under a legally mandated waiting period after a run away animal is impounded. A new healthy pet may go up for adoption during this waiting period, but overcrowding and increasing costs for many of these facilities have become such a challenge that the waiting period may be short. If your pet is already impounded at a shelter, you want to know as quickly as possible.
Inbound animals are checked.
Obtaining your dog or cat on the “at large” list means that if he or she is picked up for impound, you should be contacted immediately to come and retrieve your furry friend. In most instances, you won’t have to worry about your furry friend going up for ownership.
The network is in place.
Shelters and pounds are linked via advanced networks to law observance, highway departments, veterinarians and other regional services and facilities that report back again to the shelter when lost animals are discovered or brought in. This means that you almost immediately have all these services working to help find your cat or dog.
Shelters have media connections.
Many animal impound shelters utilize a variety of media resources. Your lost pet’s picture and description is very likely to be posted to at least one internet site, in the local paper and perhaps on local TV news. By contacting the shelter, you can probably save some time and expense.
In addition, a personal visit to the protection is much better than a phone call. To begin with, if your pet is already there, you can identify her or him and take your pet home. When not, you can at least have a good image of your dog in hand to be duplicated and posted to bulletin boards, lists, etc. When you can’t get to the facility quickly, go ahead and call first, but contact a visit as soon as possible. Remember that your verbal description of your puppy or cat isn’t necessarily going to be interpreted correctly.
Will be there a likelihood likely to have to pay a fine whenever your pet is found? Yes. Sometimes fees may be waived for an animal that has been reported as lost and is retrieved by its owner immediately, but this isn’t always the case. Pick up fees can vary greatly according to your location and circumstances. In addition, if your dog or cat comes in without rabies tags or required license labels, you will probably have to pay for shots and licensing in addition to any other fees before your furry friend can go home with you. Most pet masters would agree that the investment is justified by the safe return of a loved one.
Right now there are a number of steps you can take to help authorities find and identify your dog in the event of damage or theft. First and foremost is the certification of your pet in accordance to your local regulations. Permit tags are checked by shelter officials if they may found on your dog. The particular number on the label can be referenced to acquire back to you as the owner. Other dog collar tags, engraved with your contact information, can be helpful. For a tiny charge, your vet or the shelter staff can quickly and safely implant a microchip that can be sought by authorities. Tattoos have been used as well, sometimes pets have already been mutilated by thieves to remove these markings.