We receive many inquiries from Good Samaritans who find friendly pit bulls roaming the streets. We LOVE that there are so many kind people willing to get involved and help a friendly dog get to safety! We thank you very much for caring.
Always use good judgment when deciding to help a loose dog and if in doubt, please err on the side of caution. We do not recommend chasing loose dogs if you are not skilled in assessing dog behavior. Please call the local animal control for the area to assist.
First – try to locate the owner:
- Take the dog to a local vet or shelter to have it scanned for a microchip. Many animals are now microchipped and the owner information is on file with the microchip company. If it’s after business hours or on a weekend, find your closest emergency vet who will certainly have a microchip scanner.
- Put up signs in the area you found the dog. Use a large poster size sign with large lettering that can easily been seen from passing cars. Simpler signs such as “Found White Pit Bull” with a phone number are the easiest to read.
- Contact your local city shelter and shelters in a 10-20 mile radius to report the found dog. Calling vet offices is a good idea too.
Post a “found’ photo on Facebook with a general location and your phone number and ask friends to share it.
PLEASE DO NOT ASSUME that the dog is stray or neglected simply because of the condition it may be in. Sometimes dogs get lost and travel great distances before they are found. They may be dirty, matted or skinny depending on how long they have been lost. That doesn’t mean that someone doesn’t care deeply for that animal and wouldn’t be thrilled to be reunited.
If you can’t locate the dog’s owners:
Contact your local city shelter and arrange to drop off the dog. Every shelter is required to hold a stray animal for a minimum of 72 hours, so no; they cannot be “automatically” euthanized. If you are unable to hold onto an animal while a potential owner may be searching for it, the local shelter is the best option for reuniting the pet with its owner.
If you do not want to take the dog to a shelter, you can look for a rescue to take the animal. If you are able to house (foster) the dog while it’s waiting for a new adoptive family, the dog has a much better chance of being accepted into a rescue program. Our rescue partners are all foster home based rescues without a physical kennel facility. The animals live in private homes while they are awaiting their new family. They can only take in as many animals as they have willing foster homes for. Sadly, the rescues are frequently full, but it’s always worth a try to contact them. Visit our rescues page for contact info.
If you would like to keep the dog:
If you have tried without success to locate the animal’s owner and you have decided to keep the dog yourself, we applaud you for giving that animal a new home. Check out our low cost veterinary options for more details.
If you are looking for resources on how to re-home your dog:
Please check out our resources page for rehoming a dog.