What should I do now?
At some point in time everyone has come across a stray dog. It is very important that you use caution when attempting to save one of these dogs. Below is some information that you may find helpful.
When finding a stray that may be frightened, sick or injured, please realize this may make them behave unpredictably. If the animal looks or acts threatened or if you feel uncomfortable, it is better to call and ask for help from professionals.
If you are able to catch the animal, make sure you have a leash or piece of rope that will help secure them. We would recommend that they are taken to a local shelter or rescue unless you have experience in dealing with stray animals. This is not only for your protection, but for the animal’s as well.
Microchips are small transmitters that are placed beneath the animal’s skin. The Microchip has an ID placed on it which is associated with the owners name in a registry. Many animal shelters and veterinarians will look for microchips to return lost pets quickly to their owner’s.
If the animal has a collar or appears to be family pet – There are several websites online to post lost/found pets.
Fido Finder – Florida
Also put up flyers in the neighborhood where the animal was found. Contact local veterinarians or shelters.
Jacksonville Animal Care and Protective Services
If you find an animal that is in unsafe conditions, injured, or is a stray you can also contact Jacksonville’s Animal Care and Protective Services.
You can reach them at 630-CITY (2489). For more details click here.
Re-homing a Pet Yourself
If you decide to try to find the owner yourself, be sure to contact your local animal shelter or animal control office first. This will give you an opportunity to let the appropriate agency know that you have the animal and to provide a description to them, in case the owner contacts them.
If you’ve tried to find the owner without success, but are unable to keep the animal long-term, you can try to re-home the animal yourself. Pit Sisters offers a Community Lost/Found Board where foster parents can get their foster pets posted.
If you have any further questions, please request additional information here. Our volunteer staff will help find the best solutions for you.