Those people who love dogs find it very difficult to turn away a stray dog their child brings home or the dog simply shows up on your doorstep. There are several things to keep in mind when making the decision for adopting a stray dog but as I have adopted a couple of strays over the years I am pro for taking these abandoned canines in, at least until I can find a good home for them. Let’s look at the pros and cons of adopting a stray dog so you can make a better decision the next time Jimmy or Susie drags a stay home.
Before saying yes to adopting a stray dog the responsible thing you need to do is check the collar, if the dog is wearing one, for information tags. These will be evident if the dog is not a stray but just a local dog that has lost his way home. Contact the owner with this information so the dog is returned back to those who are probably worried sick about their beloved pet. Also you can call local vets, the area animal rescue shelter for any reports of a lost dog matching the dogs description, and check the lost dog posters many people put in local businesses when their dog has become lost.
Another thing to do is to check with your vet and see if they have an ID Chip reading device, or if not, who does. Most will check the animal for free so the owner can be located.
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