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You have just found a dog that is lost and abandoned and you do not know what to do or how to react to it. You decide not to let him hang around, because obviously he has no master. Find out below what to do when you find a stray dog.
Can I decide to keep a stray dog?
For some people, it is unthinkable for them to give up a stray dog on the spot and one does not always know how to react when one has to face a stray dog. However, it is strongly recommended not to bring a stray dog home without permission. Indeed, you certainly do not know how it will behave once in your home.
Also, it is quite possible that this stray dog carries contagious diseases such as fleas. If you eventually had other animals in your home, you put them at risk of contagion. Keeping a stray dog without first looking for its owner is considered theft.
What are the procedures if I find a stray dog?
If you find a stray dog, your first instinct is to check for injuries. Then check if he has a medal, tattoo or microchip. This could allow you to find the coordinates of its owner to contact him.
If your city has a municipal pound, notify the authorities. If you do not have one in your city, then contact the SPA which takes care of the animal pounds. In the event that your city does not have an impound or SPA, please contact a veterinarian. This one will take care of informing the pound which will come to recover the stray dog. After that, notify the police or gendarmerie authorities, especially if the animal has had an incident. If you are in a small town, please inform the town hall.
How to behave in front of a stray dog?
Approaching a stray dog is the most delicate moment of the encounter. Indeed, it is important to ensure that he does not flee because he would be afraid. It should also be avoided that he is threatening by taking your approach for a danger.
Considering where you are, act with caution. It is important not to put yourself in a situation of danger or put the dog in danger. When an animal feels like it is trapped, it is very likely that it will be hostile or look for a way to escape.
If the animal is cordial, then you can talk to it in a very calm and collected manner. This will allow him to gain his confidence and above all to reassure him. You can then get closer to him, or it is he who will do it spontaneously.
If, on the other hand, the dog is hostile, be even more careful. You can try to calm him down by speaking gently to him. In the event that he remains inflexible and very aggressive, do not insist on intervening on his own. It is recommended to hire professionals to capture it.