If you happen to find a wandering pet, there are a few things you can do:
1. Always treat an animal you don't know with caution - the animal is likely very frightened already and you never know what might cause him to bite, attack, or run. Sometimes even a friendly animal can turn violent out of sudden fear. Never put yourself or others, especially children, in harm's way when trying to capture an animal.
2. Check for tags on the collar. A Rabies tag can be traced by calling the veterinary office listed on the tag and giving them the tag number.
3. Take the pet to a veterinary office to have it scanned for a microchip. If chipped, the office can call the number on file and most likely contact the owner.
4. Let local veterinary offices and animal shelters know. Be sure that you give them the most accurate description you can, including size, sex, color, markings, hair coat length, collar, general demeanor, and location found. Often owners have called in looking for lost pets, but they won't be able to match them if descriptions are different.
5. Post flyers in common areas like the post office, major intersections, restaurants. According to PUPS' Carla Reichardt, this is probably the most effective way to find owners or lost pets. "We have to remember not everyone is on Facebook, so posting you've found a dog on one page is not enough. I am such a firm believer in poster, flyers, physical signs in the area. Check all areas...dogs can travel miles in a few days. So you never know where they will end up," says Carla.
6. Facebook can be a great resource for reconnecting pets and owners. In the Bellville area, we suggest looking up these groups: Austin County Critter Connection, Austin County News, Happenings in Bellville. If you'd rather not join one of these groups, you can send the info to Leo Linseisen and he'll be glad to share it for you... he, too, was a stray once.
7. Be patient. It may take some time to find the animal's rightful home. Sometimes animals go missing while the owners are away, especially in the summertime while many families are on vacation, so it might not be claimed until the owners return. Remember, it's always better to get the pet back home rather than to a shelter where it might be euthanized.
For more details on safely catching and caring for a stray, see http://www.americanhumane.org/animals/adoption-pet-care/caring-for-your-pet/if-you-find-a-lost-pet.html
PUPS of Cat Spring Facebook PUPS and www.pupsofcatspring.com
Animal Friends Shelter Facebook AFS and www.animalfriendsshelter.com
True Blue Animal Rescue (Brenham) Facebook T-BAR and www.t-bar.org
Brenham Humane Services
Sealy Animal Control 979-885-2913
Waller County Animal Control
*Please note that at this time the local animal rescue organizations are full and may not be able to take another animal right away. However, they wholeheartedly love animals and are very willing to help with reconnection to owners, supplement feeding and spay/neuter expenses, find foster homes, or otherwise aid in caring for found animals. Please do not hesitate to call them for help, but at the same time, try to have an understanding of the large number of homeless animals in our area.