If you found a stray animal:
- So Many Whiskers, Inc. cannot take in lost/stray animals.
If you found a lost/stray animal, it is very important not to assume anything about him. Put aside your preconceived notions about who loses animals and remember that someone may be looking for that guy.
Legally, you must attempt to find a dog’s owner and it’s good practice with cats. If you choose to, your local animal shelter is required to take in stray animals and will have procedures in place to hold the animals for a set amount of time for an owner to find them.
If you choose to hold on to the animal until his owner is found, you must do everything you can to find his owner. First, contact your local animal shelter and fill out a “Found Report” describing the animal. Second, make sure to have the animal scanned for a microchip, either at the shelter or at a local vet. You should also post flyers in the area where you found the dog describing the dog and including your contact information. It is a good idea to post an ad on Craigslist, as well.
You cannot rehome an animal or alter him in anyway (including neutering him or microchipping him) until the stray period ends and he becomes legally yours, which is usually 30 days after you tell animal control that you have found him. Animal Control can answer more questions about this.