What to Know About Animal Control And Your Lost Dog
If you've ever had the misfortune of dealing with a lost pet, you know that it's incredibly stressful and there's a ton of information you have to know. While hearing the words "animal control" might immediately cause feelings of distress when your lost dog is far from home, it's important to understand everything you can about the agencies who might be able to help you. DoNotPay can help make sure you're doing everything in your power to help bring your lost dog home.
What Exactly is Animal Control?
Animal control workers are service providers who are here to help you in your particular situation. They can help reunite lost pets with their owners, help distressed animals, and respond to complaints or concerns. They also work for local governments, so their work is largely determined by legislators.
What Type of Work Does an Animal Control Agency Do?
The type of work an animal control agency is able to do is, again, dependent on legislators. However, their range of services will be similar:
- Handles animal shelters and adoption programs.
- Enforces local ordinances, such as any existing leash laws and situations dealing with cruelty.
- Helps ensure wild animals are protected and controlled.
- Educates the public concerning any problems animal control workers may often run into.
- Reunites animals with their owners.
How Can Animal Control Help Me Find My Lost Dog?
If your pet has gone missing, and you expect they may have been picked up, you're likely in a stressed and panicked mindset. Try to remain calm and know you can contact your local animal control agency for help. Here's what you should do:
- Call your local animal control agency.
- Give the agent as much information about your animal as you can. This will be especially important due to the likelihood your dog wasn't wearing a collar when they escaped.
- The agent will let you know if your dog has been temporarily housed in one of their shelters.
What Else Do I Need To Know?
Remember that animal control agencies are there to help you find your lost animal. However, there are some important things to keep in mind when you think your animal may have been picked up by animal control:
|Potential fees||A housing fee will likely be charged for picking up your animal. The shelter is keeping your animal safe and away from the elements, which can add up to be expensive work.|
|Length of stay||A shelter can only keep your animal for a certain amount of time, depending on the rules of the shelter as well as factors such as available shelter space. This is why it's extremely important to continuously check and see if your animal might be at the shelter. Stay in contact.|
|Adoption||If a certain amount of time has passed without contact being made to the owner, the animal may be evaluated for potential adoption.|
Tips For Prevention
Obviously, mistakes can happen, but there are some preventative measures you can take to help in this situation:
- Spray and neuter your animals! If they get out, this helps prevent an influx of strays.
- Keep an extra collar for your animal, so they are never without one.
- If you believe your pet may be lost, start looking immediately.
- Keep cats indoors!
- Secure fences on your property and regularly check any problems.
How DoNotPay Can Help You Find Your Lost Dog
You don't have to go through this situation all by yourself. When you find yourself in a situation where your animal has been lost, there are many steps you'll have to do and the sheer amount of information you have to know can be daunting. DoNotPay can make finding your lost dog a quick and efficient process. All you have to do is provide information about your dog, and we will file a missing animal report on your behalf.
Here are how you can use DoNotPay to report lost and found pets:
- Search "lost and found pets" on DoNotPay, and select whether you're reporting a lost pet or a pet you've found.
- Enter the date and location you lost or found the pet and tell us more about them, including the breed, gender, whether they are wearing a collar, approximate size, and more.
- Upload evidence a photo of the pet, so they can be identified, and enter your current contact information where you can be reached with updates.
And that's it! DoNotPay will file the report on your behalf, and make sure your lost or found pet gets recorded in the government directory and they know who to contact if they find a match!
Be Quickly Reunited with your Lost Dog
Let DoNotPay help you find your lost dog quickly, efficiently, and securely. Simply provide as much information about your animal as you can, including a picture, and we can take it from there. Our goal is to give your animal the absolute best chance at being found, as well as take away a bit of stress from the owner. Contact us today with any questions or to learn more about how we can help you.