So you're a PetRescuer, now what? Follow these tips to be safe and savvy as you look for lost HomeAgain pets:
Read your Lost Pet Alerts and take note of the missing pet's description.
Keep a lookout in your neighborhood, during your commute, and talk to friends & neighbors.
If you've seen or found a pet from a Lost Pet Alert, report it to HomeAgain.
What to do when you find a lost pet:
Assess the situation carefully. If you feel safe, slowly approach the lost cat or dog.
If the lost pet is aggressive or otherwise unstable, call a local shelter or animal control for help.
If you feel safe approaching the pet and it is wearing a collar with ID tags, check for information about the owner and let them know you found their lost pet.
If the pet is not wearing visible identification but you are able to safely approach the pet, take it to the nearest animal shelter or veterinary clinic to be scanned for a microchip.
If you are unable to approach the pet or determine the pet's owner, contact your local animal control agency. Animal control can scan the pet for a microchip and get the pet off of the streets, so it doesn't get injured.
Some PetRescuers may decide to shelter a friendly cat or dog until the owner can be contacted or while waiting for the owner to arrive. In those situations, it's important to keep the lost pet separate from your children and pets. Even the friendliest pets may act out in an unfamiliar environment!