IF YOU'VE FOUND A PET
You're driving your car when you see a pet on the side of the road or maybe their is a stray roaming around your neighborhood or place of business.
What should you do?
What should you do?
- Safety first - Consider the safety of yourself, the animal, and others. Be aware of traffic conditions and the animal's behavior. Lost pets are typically frightened and may act out aggressively. If it is safe and you have time, try to catch the animal and restrain it with a leash or piece of rope.
- Take a Photo - Today social media is a huge tool in reconnecting lost pets with their owners. Even if you aren't planning on catching the animal a quick snapshot posted to a lost pet social media page with a description of the pet and where you saw it can help owners look in the right spot for their pet. Some sites we recommend for the Midland Area are: www.facebook.com/Petspotters/ and www.facebook.com/PetsAroundMidlandTX/?fref=ts. Please see the links at the bottom of our LOST A PET page for other websites to post the found pet.
- Call Animal Services - If you cannot, or are not willing to, catch the animal call your local animal services. Give as much information about the location and a description of the animal as possible. These pets have the best chance at finding their owners or a home or rescue at the shelter and off the streets.
- If You Caught the Pet - Congratulations on successfully catching the animal! If the pet is wearing a collar, your job may be as easy as calling the number on the tag to reunite them with their owner. If the pet is not wearing an ID tag, you can take the pet to your local animal shelter or to MHC's Enhanced Adoption Center within the Midland PetSmart Store to have them scanned for a microchip. If you were unsuccessful in locating the owners through an ID tag or microchip you have two options; keep the pet in your care and try to locate the owners, or take the pet to animal services.
- Keeping the Pet - If you choose to and are able to keep the pet in your care, it is your responsibility to make every effort to located the animal's owners. Never assume that a pet deserves a better home just because it was wandering the streets, dirty, or even thin. Some pets wander away form home and stay missing for an extended period of time, or perhaps are sick but are being treated before going missing. Hang flyers, in the neighborhood where you found the pet, and signs at the local shelters and rescue groups, post photos on social media including the sites listed above. If you are unsuccessful in reuniting the pet to it's owner then you will have the choice to keep the pet, re-home the pet, find a rescue for the pet, or take the pet to the shelter.
- Taking the Pet to Animal Services - Taking the pet you just caught to animal services or even calling them to pick up a neighborhood stray is never an easy decision, but sometimes it is the best. It is much better for a pet to be in a shelter with a roof over their head and 2 meals a day with access to fresh water than to be wandering the streets. Stray pets are at risk for being; hit by cars, attacked by other animals, infected with disease, or starving to death. Not only are these pets at risk, they oftentimes contribute to pet overpopulation by breeding with other pets while they are out. In addition to keeping the pet off the streets, it is also the first place owners go to look for their missing pet, which increases their chances of being reunited. If you are interested in adopting the pet if the owners do not reclaim it, let the shelter know and they will tell you when the animal's stray hold will be up and you can go and adopt the pet.