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Protect Your Dog - Many dogs are picked up by kind strangers or just wander up to people's homes.  You will have a much better chance of getting your dog back unharmed if he is wearing a collar/ID tags. Instead of the dog's name,  write "REWARD"  and your contact info on the tag.

Also have your vet microchip your dog.  

 

If you have lost a dog, time is crucial!

1) Drive your neighborhood to search

2) Post signs

3) Contact/phone and go by area shelters

4) Call area vet clinics. 

This can be time consuming so ask your family, friends and neighbors to help you. 

 

In San Antonio, call Animal Care Services at 3-1-1.

Notify Petfinder.com

Notify area dog rescue organizations

Call Man and Beast at 590-7387

Be aware that each county, village and incorporated neighborhood has its own animal control facilities (the Greater Houston area has roughly 40 shelters) so don't assume you need only check with the largest city and county shelter.   *Animal control shelters are so crowded that they usually only hold dogs for 3 days. Big city/county facilities are usually very busy, so you may need to go there in person with a photo of your dog.  

 

If you have lost or found a dog:

 

Make signs that say LOST or FOUND and the breed of dog with your phone number.  Offer a reward if you have lost a dog--it can make a difference.  Use a black permanent marker and big letters.

Post signs at the entrances to your subdivision, at near-by street corners, at several busy intersections in your area and around neighborhood area mailboxes

 

Give a lost or found dog report (including a flyer offering a reward) to the following:

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All area animal control shelters/pounds and the SPCA and Humane Society

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Area veterinary offices/hospitals -take flyers to area vet clinics and talk to the staff in person.

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Pure breed and all breed rescue groups

 

Spread the word to as many people as possible--via neighborhood email or publications and neighbor kids.

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Place a lost and found ad and check lost & found columns of the daily newspaper as well as local neighborhood and advertising papers as well. Don't assume that a dog advertised as lost in a different area is actually a different dog. People pick up and transport dogs and let them go, steal them, or the dogs can just roam far distances on their own.  

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Post notices at mail boxes, community bulletin boards, the nearest Petsmart and PetCo stores, etc.

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Place notices on Facebook, Twitter, Craig’s List and any neighborhood news sources.

 

If you find a dog

Follow the same instructions above (for those who have lost dogs) for posting signs and notifying area vets, shelters, and rescue groups.  Don't forget to check newspaper ads!

Check for identification:  Be sure to take the dog to a vet who can scan for a microchip.  Also look for a a tattoo on the inside of the leg ( usually high upper thigh) or inside the ear. Tattoos on thighs are often easy to miss because they can be obscured by the dog’s hair or the male dog’s genitalia when he is lying on his side.

Don't make it easy for someone who is not the real owner to claim the dog--When you make your "Found" signs, it is important not to give out too much information. Your sign should say FOUND, the breed or color of the dog, and your phone number. Leave out the dog’s sex and any further identifying details, marks, collars, etc.  

When you get a call: Before you offer details about the dog, let the caller describe the dog to you. Some unscrupulous people respond to Found signs and actually comb the lost and found ads as well as "free-to-good-home" ads looking for intact dogs that can be used as breeding stock in wholesale puppy mill operations. Others are looking for dogs that can be sold to research labs.  If the description doesn't match up, don't offer any further information. Also get a phone number from anyone coming to look at the dog and call them back to make arrangements.  Even if they seem to know the dog, check their driver's license and take the information down before you let them have the dog.

If you cannot find the dog's owner: If you can't keep the dog permanently but you can foster him, click here on  Finding a New Home.

 

Remember--Wearing ID tags and having a microchip can save your dog's life!  Tags can save you and your dog a world of grief!   At most Petsmart, PetCo and Wal-Mart stores there are machines available to make on-the-spot collar I.D. tags, so even if you've recently moved, make a new I.D. tag and notify the vet in your old neighborhood of your new phone number, address, etc.  ID tags are the most important form of identification to use and should be your first priority.  Check the tags frequently to make sure they are secure or use a metal tag that can thread through the collar from: http://www.gotags.com/

You can also buy a collar with your ID embroidered into the fabric.

 

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