Today one of our volunteers found a stunning golden retriever running about on the road in Limoux, and as any dog lover would do, caught him and is keeping him safe until we can locate the owner.
We regularly get asked what to do when someone finds a dog, So I thought that I’d mention what steps to take should it be you.
First of all, make sure the dog is well and if it is hurt, that is a priority and you can take it to any vet. If the dog is thirsty, give it a drink and maybe a little food if hungry.
Next thing to do is check if the dog is wearing a collar with an identification disk or number written inside the collar. If not take the dog to the nearest vet to check for a chip or tattoo.
Social media sites really help.
Place details of the dog on the web site www.chien-perdu.org , where there is a section for found dogs. Your local SPA may also have a lost / found section on their website. Please also contact Pet Alert France – a Facebook group dedicated to finding lost pets. This group is regionalised, so search for and post on your own region’s group.
All stray dogs are the responsibility of the Mairie so let him know that you have found him and they will tell you which SPA / Pound to take it to.
When the dog reaches the SPA we publish their photo and details in the hope that the owner recognises the dog and comes to collect him.
Please do remember that its not a case of finders keepers. If no owner comes forward and you want to adopt the dog then that is fine but its only fair to give people time to find their dog…anyone can lose a dog and not all lost dogs are without owners.
Tomorrow our volunteer who has found the stunning golden will have him checked for a chip at the vets and if there is no chip will bring him to the SPA.