Stray animals are put in a tough position, and if you stumble upon one, you could be the only opportunity they have left. It’s imperative that you take a deep breath and understand the ramifications of not only the situation, but what your actions could do to the animal.
Stray dogs, sadly, are a very common theme throughout society and we’ve all most likely come across one in our lifetime. However, you can quickly turn an unfortunate situation around if you make sound decisions in the best interest of the dog.
Some ideas for you to consider are listed below in case you ever come across a stray dog in need of care and shelter. These circumstances are quite often unique to one another based on animal and scenario, but the principle of these arguments applies universally.
Check for emergency
The first step in coming across a stray dog is to assume there’s an emergency. The first thing you should do is call a loved one and have them immediately research where and how viable emergency pet services are. As they are looking, you can properly analyze the animal and make a rational decision as to whether or not it needs immediate professional attention. Questions to ask:
-Is the dog injured? Is there a noticeable limp?
-Does the dog seem fatigued or dehydrated?
-Is the dog acting agitated toward me, possibly signifying a recent event?
Actionable: Before you assess the situation, you need to first determine whether the dog needs emergency medical attention. An owner search or prolonged recovery can wait, but an emergency can’t.
Assess your situation
After determining whether or not the stray dog needs medical attention, you should process the situation. Sometimes this can be hard in the moment, but it’s critical to take a deep breath and be rational. The worst thing you can do is panic and leave the scene. It’s not a question of whether or not you should help the dog, but rather which option of care is most efficient and helpful. Questions to ask:
-Is there a collar on the dog? Even if people have wireless dog fences with associated collars, they will often still have a name somewhere to identify the dog. Identification is usually representative of a lost dog as opposed to an abandoned one. This is good news for you.
-What time of day is it? What can I do to keep this animal safe? Is my house an appropriate place for it to come while I figure this out? If not, do I have a friend I can call?
Actionable: The situational circumstances are a second priority to the dog’s immediate wellbeing. However, when you get to this step of the process, it helps to break it down.
Put animal interests in the best hands
The ideal situation is to help the dog find its owner. The reality, though, is that many stray dogs simply don’t have an owner who can take care of it. This makes you a potential savior for the animal’s life, and it’s important that you understand this! Your goal should be to put the animal in the best hands to take care of it. Whether it’s the local animal control facility, an emergency center or even your own home for the night, you have the ability to make a difference.
Each and every stray dog will be unique, but they all deserve the same chance. You can help the situation by checking for emergency and properly assessing the situation. From there, the dog will be in the best situation possible considering the circumstances.
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