What to Do When You Find a Lost Dog

1. Knock on doors.

Most dogs are found within 1,000 feet of their home. The following process can be skipped if you find the owner is one of your neighbors. Walk the dog around your neighborhood and see if anyone recognizes it. Most dogs travel less than a mile when loose.

2. Snap some photos of the dog in good lighting and cross street signs or area background of where you found the dog.

Do NOT alter the appearance of the dog by removing the collar, giving a haircut, adding clothing, or removing clothing it had on when you found it.

3. Submit a Lost & Found Report at HSNB.

If the dog is dangerous or injured, call Solano County Animal Control at (707) 784-1356 and request an officer pick it up. If you are able to take a sick or injured dog to the vet yourself, that’s even better. Be sure to create a found report regardless and send us the photos you took.

4. Check for a microchip.

If the pet is microchipped, the likelihood of him/her being returned home is much higher. Take the pet to your vet or local pet store or call HSNB at (707) 645-7905 to make an appointment to bring the pet to us.

5. Post the animal on “Vallejo’s Lost Dogs” Facebook page and other social media pages.

Facebook, Nextdoor, and Craigslist “Lost and Found” section AND the “Pets” section are great social media pages to start with. Provide as much detail as possible, any special quirks about the dog, collar color, etc. Post a picture showing exactly how the animal looked when you found it.

6. Create bright, colorful found pet posters and post in a 1 mile radius around the area you found the dog.

The posters should be big enough that people could see them passing by quickly in a car, with large text indicating “found dog,” a basic description and a large, clear photo. Don’t try to guess the breed, age, etc. in case you’re incorrect. Stick to colors and unique identifying features so many people will respond.

7. Turn the pet in to HSNB if you are unable to foster.

If the pet was found in Vallejo, please call us at (707) 645-7905 to make an appointment to turn the dog in.  We’ll do our best to find the owners and after the legal hold period, if the dog isn’t claimed, we’ll evaluate him/her to enter our adoption program.

Print this found pet infographic courtesy of Americanpetsalive!

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