- Second Chance is committed to helping the community when we can, please know that we are only able to take owner surrenders if we have an AVAILABLE and suitable foster home.
- Please be truthful when completing the Owner Surrender form so we can better understand the situation.
What do you do if you find a dog?
If you find a dog it is important that you actively try to locate its owner. It is illegal to keep or give away a found dog before actively attempting to locate the owner for 90 days (this may vary based on your local laws). The first place an owner will look for their lost dog is at the local county Animal Services. The county’s legal requirements to hold a stray dog at the shelter before adopting it out is a much shorter time-frame than if a citizen decides to keep the dog with them while actively searching for their owner.
Second Chance Friends is not able to take in a found dog while searching for its owners, unless we have a foster home available who is in a position to help. Our foster homes are usually full with dogs under the care of the rescue, so taking in a found or stray dog is extremely rare.
Taking a found dog to your local county Animal Services isn’t necessarily and automatic death sentence for the dog. The dog will be sheltered while receiving the proper nutrition and basic medical care. While at the shelter the dog will also receive behavioral and medical assessments which will give potential adopters and rescues some extremely helpful information about the dog. If you do take a found dog to your local county Animal Services be sure to get their Animal ID # so you can track the dog on their website or call for updates.
You Found A Dog, Now What Do You Do?
Take the dog to the nearest veterinarian, shelter, or pet supply store where they can be scanned by a universal microchip scanner. If a chip is found, you can enter the chip number in this website to lookup registration information linked to the microchip.
Search for and post the dog to various social media platforms. Remember, an animal could travel far or may have been driven from their neighborhood to another part of town before escaping. Be sure to post the city and cross street they were found. Include if they have been scanned for a microchip and if they have one. A photo is always helpful. Asking for proof of ownership will help make sure the animal goes back to the rightful owner. Some of the places to search for and post the found dog include:
- Local Lost/Found Pet Facebook groups
- Nextdoor.com if found near your neighborhood or surrounding area
- PawBoost.com which you can also uise to create flyers to post near where you found the dog.
HELPFUL TIP: Post flyers around the area and at business (with permission) where the dog was found. Be sure to include a photo of the animal. This is an important step as not everyone is on social media.