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Spotted a Stray Pet? Here Is What You Can Do to Help
Stray animals and pets who lose their homes are akin to an epidemic in the world. Several reports point us to the fact that there is a rising rate in the number of felines and canines that land in shelters every year. From these, almost half of them are euthanized while the rest of them wait to find healthy homes with a meagre number finally able to reunite their family.
At this point, it would be no fluke if you crossed paths with a stray pet. While this can call for a scary situation for the furry and even for you, it is best to stay mentally and physically prepared. In this article, we will discuss what if you land in a similar situation where you spot a stray pet, and what step you can take to help.
Is It a Stray Pet or Not?
There are many times when we get confused about whether the pet is a lost pupper or a country paw. Rather than presuming that they might be lost, it is better to make sure of it by looking into signs such as:
- Is he or she wearing a collar?
- Do they look scrawny with an unnaturally unkempt coat?
- Do they appear lost or are they unusually whining?
- Are they alone and appear uncomfortable?
These are only indicative factors. But if you suspect spotting a stray pet after looking into the above, then it is better to call for assistance, animal safety rather than leave them deserted.
First Things First
There are certain risks associated with strays and helping lost purries and puppers that we need to be wary of. It might surprise you, but even the best of pets with the sweetest demeanour can act out when left in an external environment at their disposal. They might get scared, and sick, they might even be hurt since they do not have the skill sets to survive the streets. Recently lost puppers might willingly come towards you for help and stick by you (their rescuer) till they reach somewhere safe. However, there is a possibility that the stray might be carrying a disease or infection that could be contagious, even for you.
Hence, it is better to call local the animal control centre immediately for help.
What To Do If the Animal Control Agency Is Unavailable?
Sometimes, especially, during wintery nights, rainy evenings, or offbeat hours, it is possible that the animal control agency in your area is unavailable. There are several animal control agencies that are no longer working 24/7 owing to budget cuts. In such a situation, our compassion pushes us to bring them home anyhow. You may bring home fleas, ticks, worms, even parvovirus and rabies, which attack humans as well. However, if you find there is no other option at your disposal then you can opt for being their guardian for the night by exercising proper caution, of course.
Get the furry to trust you so you can take them home with you.
How to gain a stray canine’s trust? It can be a game of patience. Sit close to the stray by their side at a lower level. Avoid making eye contact and let them feel comfortable with you around them. For this, they would sniff around you and get adjusted to your scent. If you have a lasso leash then, gently slip it over the dog’s head, once they have gained your confidence. You can buy cat and dog collars through an offline or online pet shop and keep a few handy in your car if you spot a rescue more often. Make sure that the leash does not touch the pupper’s mouth as they might feel attacked. To make them comfortable, give them treats and some water. If you do not have any of these, try to call someone for help.
How To Find a Lost Pet?
With the presence of social media, the distance between people and geography itself has reduced. In must less time, we can share the missing information for a lost pupper with millions of people across the web including people and animal shelters that can be alerted when an incident occurs.
Is the Chosen Shelter Home Right for the Animal?
As a rescuer, we might feel hesitant to leave the stray at an animal shelter. There have been stories of animals being put down as soon as they reach shelter homes. While we can’t vouch for what goes wrong, this fact might help you – animal killing has been banned in India under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, of 1960. If you find any mistreatment being done to the animal, then you can report it to the authorities immediately.