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Q: What to do with stray dogs

May 18, 2008 | By Andrea l. | 18 answers | Expired: 2144 days ago

Andrea l.

I live on a horse farm and we get about 1-2 stray dogs a month. I hate to bring them to the local pound because the dogs are so sweet and I am scared they will be put down. Are there any other org. that will take strays?

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May 23, 2008

If the dogs dont have tags so the animal control cant contact their owners the only thing I know to do is contact a No Kill Shelter. I have taken several that have appeared on my doorstep to them. I have 2 cats and 1 dog. All rescues. I just cant take anymore. We have leash laws for both feline and canine. So many rescues are full due to the economy but at least you know they will not be put down. May take alot of work on your part but would be well worth it. I wish you luck and thank you for caring about these dogs.

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Mary  M.
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May 22, 2008

You should check with your local police to find out what you local laws are. Some areas require dogs be turned over to the local Animal Control Officer. If someone is looking for their dog they will contact the ACO but not know to contact you. Each ACO works differently they may take the dog or let you keep it. If they do pick them up you could always ask to adopt them if no one claims them and then find a rescue/shelter to help.

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Mary T.
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May 22, 2008

oops! I wrote "vers can help you"... it should have said vets. Sorry!

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Mary T.
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May 22, 2008

Andrea,
I have horses too and know how often animals get dumped, but you never know for sure if they were dumped or if someone is looking for them. Please call your local dog warden and local chapter of the Humane Society to list the dogs. Many newspapers will let you put a "found" ad in the classifieds for free. Vers and your dog warden should be able to check the animals for microchips too.

You can go to petfinder.com and put in your zip code to find rescue groups that are in your area too. Many rescue groups have sources for missing dogs. There are also several yahoogroups for missing dogs.

I know it sounds like a lot of work(it is!) and most rescue groups and shelters are happy to help when someone finds a dog. If you cannot find the owners, many rescues can either take the dog in, or help you re-home the animal.

Mary

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HaveFaith2005
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May 22, 2008

I would take them to a Shelter or give the dogs away has a birthday present.

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SuzzieQ
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May 22, 2008

i know what you mean. if you take it to a shelter, it depends on the dog if they will put it down or not. if it's very sick, and in some cases, to agressive, they might. if you are still worried, try finding a no-kill shelter tho i don't aprove of them myself.

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betty p.
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May 21, 2008

First, you need to do a found report with the local animal shelters. I would also have the animals checked for microchips. Most animal shelters or vet offices can do this.

If no owner is found during the "stray hold time by law", then you can find them a home, contact a breed rescue, or you could ask the local shelter if you could foster the dogs if they will list them for adoption.

You can also list animals for free at www.petfinder.com under the classifieds.

I know our shelter will do courtsey postings for folks who don't want to bring their animal to the shelter, but need to find a new home for it.

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renate b.
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May 20, 2008

Don't overlook breed rescues - if you find a dog that looks at all like a certain breed, or even a close mix, contact that breed rescue and see if they can take the dog.
Even though our rescue is full and we have no foster homes opn right now, I found another rescue who had room for 2 dachshunds that had to be placed this week or go to a kill shelter. Breed rescues usually cooperate with each other and try to find a place for dogs in need, even if they can't take it in directly. Doesn't hurt to contact one if you can identify the breed of dog you come across.

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Rosebud2488
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May 20, 2008

Check your area for a local no kill shelter. But be remember some of them have a waiting list. If you have the room keep them with you until they are at the top of the waiting list. But be warned if you choose to do so you may fall in love with them and decide to keep them.

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Brittany
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May 20, 2008

I think that since you live on a farm and have the space, you could start your own rescue. Animals should not have limited time to be adopted, therefore I strongly suggest you do not take them to a kill-shelter

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