Found a lost dog ?
If you find a lost dog or cat please keep in mind that the animal might be lost or separated from its owner. Think lost not STRAY when you find a animal in the streets. Get the dog/cat checked for a microchip and consider taking it to a shelter to gives it's owners a chance to find him/her . If the pet is microchiped the shelter will scan them and contact the owners to pick them up at the shelters location. If you are worried about leaving the lost dog/cat at the shelter , you can get a intake number to keep track on him and call the shelter for updates. Another option is placing yourself on the interested list as the first person to call when it's available for adoption.
Please note that Pet Rescue Solutions is a small rescue and is not considered a shelter of any kind.Pet Rescue Solutions can not go upon the caller's request to pick up or catch a stray dog. If you see a stray dog or cat please call your local shelter to report the stray animal and animal control will go to collect the animal. If you can no longer keep your pet ; please do not just leave your pets in the street and take them to your nearby shelter. Not all shelters are known for euthanizing pets; there are some shelters that are know for being Non- Kill shelters. Every so often shelters host adoption events and many pets get adopted into good loving homes.
Pet Rescue Solutions cannot accept stray dogs or cats into the rescue unless there was a reasonable effort made to find their owner within the 10 day waiting period. This includes posting fliers in the area where the animal was found , submitting a Craigslist , Social-Media and taking the animal to the vet to be scanned for a microchip. If you are unable to create lost/ found fliers , Pet Rescue Solutions can provide you with some fliers.
After the 10 day waiting period the animals name will then be enlisted in the wait-list.
Please note that Pet Rescue Solutions do not take in strays until a 10 day wait period due to the fact that the owner might be looking for their pet. Also keep in mind that there is a waiting list and animals that are vaccinated , microchip ,spay or neuter before hand , have priority on the waiting list.
What to do when you lose a pet?
Notify all local humane societies and shelters immediately. Send them a recent photo of your pet with a detailed description, along with your contact information. Most facilities are very busy, and it can take several days before they realize they have your pet. Colorado State law requires shelters to hold a stray pet for 5 days before putting it up for adoption or euthanize it. Many times pet owners have called shelters inquiring about their pet and have been told the pet is not there, only to find out later that the pet was indeed at the shelter all along. The best option is to go visit the shelter in person daily to see if your pet is there.
Post flyers in your neighborhood and be sure to go door to door to notify neighbors, nearby businesses, etc. The more eyes looking for your pet, the better.
Post a Lost Pet ad on your own Facebook page, Twitter, and Pinterest. Social media is a big help to spread the word about your lost pet. Call local veterinarians and give them the same information you provide to the shelters. If your pet is injured or killed, it will most likely end up at a vet clinic or shelter.
Continue searching for your pet by calling its name, walking your neighborhood or area where it was lost, etc. You can set food outside or you can borrow a live trap from your shelter and set it out with your pet's blanket and food inside. (This might also attract other local pets or wildlife and trap will need to be checked several times daily).
Remember - your pet has a much better chance of being returned to you quickly when it's wearing a collar with I.D. tags displaying your phone number. Although your pet is micro-chipped, only a shelter or veterinarian's office will be able to scan for a chip. An I.D. tag makes it easy for anyone who finds your pet to call you without having to take your pet to a shelter.
It's surprisingly easy for a dog to slip out of its collar - just ask someone who's been left holding the leash. You should be able to fit two fingers between a collar and the dog's neck. Check the collar frequently and adjust to ensure a snug fit around it's neck- puppies grow fast and adult dogs gain or lose weight, just like us humans. If the dog's just been bathed or groomed, put the old (or new) collar back on quickly . Rather than putting on old tags , there is a new and affordable way to . A fluorescent or brightly colored collar helps a dog be more visible, especially at night. You can also buy a collar with your contact information already on it - just supply the maker with ID details - always include a 24/7 number. A collar (with current tags) is still the standard way to identify a "stray," but just remember - there's no guarantee that a lost dog will still be wearing its collar when found. Give pets a safety net using some form of permanent ID.
Dogs dash with surprising speed through doors that are left open. Newly fostered and adopted dogs are quick to learn the location of every exit. Some bolt upon arrival, while others wait a few days, weeks, or months. Family members, friends, delivery people, and tradesmen (painters, plumbers...) can inadvertently leave a door open too long or forget to close it entirely. Lots of "escapes" happen when children go in and out constantly. You're closing the door and not paying attention because the dog's nowhere in sight. The dog is actually nearby, alert, and ready to take advantage of this opportunity. It bolts outside before you can open your mouth in disbelief. Most dogs seem to excel at pushing on a partially opened door so they can get outside, with or without you. DO NOT open an exit door while trying to leash the dog - open it after the leash is on and you have a grip on it. Doors should not be allowed to slam shut. A dog can be startled or injured, and frightened enough to run away.
Big Noise Events
Dogs can be scared by unfamiliar loud noises or ones that never bothered them before now. A large number are lost during the July 4th holiday and on New Year's Eve because of fireworks celebrations. Thunderstorms can be an old or new phobia. Watch exit doors and don't leave a dog outside and unattended. Construction noises, such as: nailing guns, big delivery trucks, and a landscaper's power equipment are scary. Other triggers include: motorcycles, gunshots, vehicles backfiring, sirens, boat horns, and loud parties.
A fenced yard DOES NOT guarantee your pet's safety without proper monitoring on your part! Gates can be left open or unsecured by family, friends, landscapers, meter readers, and general contractors. Don't assume a gate has been closed, look to make sure it is, before you open the door to let the dog outside. Dogs disappear from yards by digging under, jumping over, and climbing up and over fences. To keep a dog in, and other animals out, back fill holes, replace rotting or missing boards on wooden fences, and repair chain link. Watch the dog known as an "escape artist" climb up the chain link fence and leap down the other side. Amazing. Fences are supposed to enclose and protect our canine friends from harm, yet predators manage to get inside. A tiny dog "safely" inside a fenced yard can look like a food source to hawks, owls, coyotes and other predators. Snow banks and hard packed drifts can dramatically reduce fence heights, allowing a dog to jump a fence that was previously too high. A doghouse strategically placed next to a fence will provide a nice launch pad for a jumper. An evergreen on the other side of the fence can serve as a "ladder" down to the ground - great for agility training.
An electronic fence does not prevent other animals or people from entering your property and won't protect a dog from outside harm. Dogs with electronic collars continue to bolt from their yards despite "positive" reinforcement training - maybe they HAD to chase something or something decided to chase after them.
A dog bolted through its fence wearing an electronic collar and got lost. It just happened to enter a yard with a fence on the same frequency. The dog then chose to be "trapped" rather than "zapped." Now safely back home.
NEVER leave your dog alone in a vehicle.
NEVER leave your dog alone in a vehicle that's running.
Microchips are implantable computer chips that encode a unique identification number to help reunite you with your lost pet. They are no bigger than a grain of rice and they are placed under your pet’s skin with a needle and syringe, not much differently than a routine vaccine.
Unlike collars and ID tags, they can never break or fall-off. They work by receiving a radio signal from a scanner and transmitting the encoded chip identification number back to the scanner. With the chip identification number in hand, the vital contact information is only a phone call away.
The best reason to have your animals micro-chipped is the improved chance that you will get your animal back if lost or stolen.
The undeniable fact remains that microchips have reunited hundreds of pets with their guardians. Of course, in order for a microchip to work, you will need to register the microchip and keep your contact information up-to-date.
If you want to get your pet micro-chipped go to you veterinarian , or course! Most veterinary clinics keep microchips on hand , so it is likely that your pet can be implanted with a micro-chip the same day as your appointment. Sometimes local shelters or businesses will host a micro-chipping event to.