What to do when you’ve found a stray abandoned pets

  1. Check for a tag or microchip.  If you have found a stray, do the obvious first – check for a tag!  If there is a tag, and the ownerÕs name is on it, call and arrange for a pickup, and know you have done your good deed for the day.  It the tag gives the name a veterinarian’s clinic, call during business hours and get the name and phone number of the owner using the code number on the tag.  Then follow up to return the dog or cat.  If the animal has no tag, there may still be a way to identify the stray if he/she has been micro-chipped.  A veterinarian can help you find out.

If there is no tag or microchip, put a temporary tag on the animal with your name and phone number.  You can use a luggage label or even tape the information around the collar with some duct tape

  1. 2.  Notify your local shelter that you have found a stray animal.  There are different laws in each city regarding stray animals.  In some communities, finder of lost animals are legally required to either surrender the animal to the animal or to report to the shelter that you have a stray animal.Check with your local animal control or animal services department in your city to find out what your legal obligations are. Even if you’re not legally required to notify the shelter, you’ll still want to let them know you have a stray.  If the owners of the animal are looking for  their pet, they will most likely start by calling the shelter, so it’s very important that the shelter knows that you have found the pet.  Also, some shelters have bulletin boards on which people can list lost and found pets, so it is a good  idea to post a photo of the pet at the shelter.

If you have some hesitation about trying to find the owner, keep in mind that just because an animal is injured, scared, or without identification does not mean that he has a ‘bad’ home.  Your stray might have lost his identification; he might have been lost for a long time; he may even be a rescued animal who was scared when he was adopted. If you must take the animal to and you wish to do everything you can for the animal, be sure to claim last rights.  Claiming last rights give you adoption privileges if the animal is not claimed within a given time period and is due to be put down.  It is a good idea to call the shelter daily to let the staff know thatyou are interested in the animal’s welfare.

Make every effort to find the owner.  Besides notifying your local shelter you’ll want to check lost-and-found ads in the local newspapers.  Try placing an ad in the lost-and-found section yourself.  Another good strategy is to post  flyers in the vicinity where the animal was found. A typical ad describes the type of animal, the location where he/she was found, and the coloring and other distinct characteristics of the animal.You want to leave out some crucial characteristic, though, so that when someone calls claiming to be the owner, you can verify that the animal really belongs to him/her.  This helps guard against turning strays over to bunchers (see page _  for an explanation of what bunchers are).  For example, you could leave out the gender of the animal, or the fact that she has white socks on her front feet or a really bushy tail.  Don’t forget to give your phone number and times you can be reached.

Be wary of dishonest callers.  When someone answers your ad, make sure the person gives a detailed description of the animal.  To ensure that you have found the animal’s real owner, here are a few additional tips:

Ask the caller to bring a photo of the animal to the meeting place.

Ask for the veterinarian’s phone, and make a follow-up call.

Watch how the animal reacts to the caller in person.  If you are not satisfied, ask for more proof of ownership.

Remember to get the owner’s phone number and address.

Ask them to bring their photo ID.

The preceding information was taken from Best Friends Animal Societys publication,

HOW TO FIND HOMES FOR HOMELESS PETS. For the remainder of the information provided in this excellent publication please visit their web-site at www.bestfriends.org.  The additional information includes: How to Get the Word Out; Contact as many shelters and rescue groups as possible;  Contact breed rescue groups if you’re trying to place a specific breed; Place a classified ad in your local paper; Post your pet on adoption websites; Use any and all of your community contacts; DonÕt underestimate word of mouth; Get the pet out there; How to Prepare the Pet for Adoption; How to Screen Potential Adopters; Interviewing the Potential Adopter; If you’re trying to find a home for a dog; If youÕre trying to find a home for a cat; Meeting the Potential Adopter; Finalizing the Adoption and Some Final Words of Advice and Encouragement
Pet Licensing Information

Why do dogs have to be licensed?:
City of Fernley ordinance requires that all dogs over the age of six months be licensed as a rabies control measure. Making sure your dog has its current license attached to his collar also is your best insurance of having your dog returned to you in case he or she becomes lost or gets out of your yard. The dog license also lets us know if your pet is currently vaccinated against rabies. The money received from dog license fees helps the department continue to provide quality animal care and control services.

• A license tells everyone that your pet is not a homeless stray.
• It means Animal Services will call you or send you a letter, if your pet comes to the shelter wearing a license.
• It provides emergency medical care for your pet, while in the care of the shelter.
• Licensing helps pay for the care of homeless animals while attempts are made to find them new homes.
• It supports the investigations of cruelty, neglect and abandonment of all animals.
• AROUND-THE-CLOCK contact with you via your home phone or emergency number, if someone finds your lost pet…but it must wear its license.

How much are the license fees?
The fees for dog licenses and tags are as follows. Natural…$10.00 Neutered/Spayed…$5.00 Duplicate tags…$1.00. All fees are annual fees for the period of one year from the date of the issuance of the license or tag. Forms are available at the front counter at City Hall to access the form from our Document Center.

Fernley City Hall
596 Silver Lace Blvd.
Fernley, NV 89408

Animal Care and Control Services
City Hall
595 Silver Lace Blvd.,
Fernley, NV 89408
775-784-9801 and/or 775-784-9895
Fax 775-784-9809
Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Non-emergency messages can be left and will be returned the next business day. For aggressive animal attacks with human injuries dial 911 immediately
For other animal related emergencies after hours contact Lyon County Sheriff’s department at 775-575-3350 The above information was taken from the official City of Fernley Web-site; Animal Care and Services