Steps to Take to Help a Stray or Lost Dog

Most people assume that a wandering dog is owned and/or temporarily lost and will find his or her way home, but many do not. Rather than assuming things will work out for the dog, consider taking action. Yes, it’s a tad inconvenient for you, but what you’ve done is save a lost or abandoned animal from dehydration, starvation, exposure to the elements, fighting over scarce resources, and injury from animals or automobiles.

Here are some safe ways to help lost dogs.

If the dog is friendly:

  1. If the dog seems friendly and is willing to come to you, call him, and slowly move your hand forward palm down (palm up can signal that you might strike). Exude a calm confidence rather than fear. Talk to him, let him sniff you, and then stroke him gently.
  2. If he has a collar read the info and make the appropriate call.
  3. If he does not have identification, see if he will enter your (often calling him and simply opening the car door will inspire him to jump in) or corral him into an enclosed area, like a fenced yard or a room in your house. Provide water and food.
  4. Call your local SPCA, humane society, or police to notify them that you have found a lost dog. To find the number of your local animal rescue organization, search by “animal shelter,” “humane society,” or “animal control.” Public animal care and control agencies are often listed under the city or county health department or police department. You can use this link to find animal rescues in your area: https://www.petfinder.com/animal-shelters-and-rescues/search/
  5. Either deliver him to the shelter (where they can check him for a microchip with identifying information) or ask that someone pick him up.
  6. If you choose to retain him while searching for the owner, staple easily readable flyer (if possible, with photo) on telephone polls, put a free listing in the local paper and in the “pets” section of Craig’s list, rubber band a flyer to neighbors’ mailbox flags, and provide the local animal shelter veterinary offices with his identifying features so that they can check their database for a match.

If the dog seems unfriendly:

  1. If the dog seems unfriendly, do not put yourself at risk. Immediately call the police and your local animal rescue organization with information on his last-seen location.
  2. Put down a plastic, disposable bowl of water and food, which not only will slake his thirst and hunger, but help to keep him in that location so that authorities can find him.

Thank you for doing what you can to help animals.

 

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You Can Make a Difference for These Dogs

From Soi Dog Foundation~

In the middle of a South Korean winter, there are dogs shivering and whimpering in freezing, open cages. They live their entire lives in factory farm conditions. They have no freedom, no affection, nothing that makes them feel good. And they’ll be butchered so humans can eat their meat.

Will you please help Soi Dog tell more people about dog meat farms and increase the pressure on South Korea’s government to shut them down?

How? By getting media coverage in two of Seoul’s most important sister cities: San Francisco and Hong Kong.

The people below are the editors of hugely popular newspapers in each of those cities. Email them directly and tell them about South Korea’s dog meat farms. Ask them to expose the horror of these farms and question whether their cities should really be partnering with Seoul.

Just click on the email addresses below, and start writing.

Copy and paste the text below into your email, or use the wording as a guide for your own powerful words in support of dogs.  Thank you.

Text to consider using:

Dear ____,

In the middle of a South Korean winter, there are dogs shivering and whimpering in freezing, open cages. They live their entire lives in factory farm conditions. They have no freedom, no affection, nothing that makes them feel good. And they’ll be butchered so humans can eat their meat.

Please expose the horror of these farms and pressure South Korea’s government to shut down dog meat farms.  Also, should US cities cities really be partnering with Seoul?

Sincerely,

_______

Send your email to one or both of these powerful media editors. Be the voice of South Korea’s ‘meat dogs’.

Audrey Cooper, Editor in Chief
San Francisco Chronicle
acooper@sfchronicle.com

Tammy Tam, Editor-in-Chief
South China Morning Post
tammy.tam@scmp.com

And if you have a couple more minutes – or you prefer Facebook to emails – start spreading the word about dog meat farms on the Facebook sites of Seoul’s sister cities:

https://www.facebook.com/SF
https://www.facebook.com/DiscoverHongKong

Thanks very much for everything you do for dogs.

John Dalley
Co-Founder
Soi Dog Foundation