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You’ve run across a dog that’s wandering around your neighborhood, was playing in traffic, or just

aimlessly walking down the street without an owner.  What do you do now?  Here are some guidelines

for finding the animal’s owner and what to do next.

If the dog has a dog license on, check the Auditor’s website to see the registration

info.  Hopefully the information is current, and you can locate the owner this way.  

Click here to check or call the Auditor’s Office at (937)521-1860.

Call the shelter and leave a Found Report.  We’ll match these up with any calls

we receive for lost animals.  With a little luck, the animal will be home in no

time!  (937)399-2917 x 10.

Many times animals don’t stray too far from home.  This lost pet may have lost

their way, or maybe just isn’t ready to end their adventure.  Make sure your

neighbors haven’t lost their little one.

We all want to see an animal go back home.  We’re happy to check the animal

for a microchip and pass along how to contact the owner.  Most Vet’s offices are

happy to do the same.

You can either bring the animal into the shelter and we’ll do our best to find the

owner, or place him/her up for adoption after 72 hours.  We’re also happy to come

and pick up the stray during normal business hours.  Once here, we’ll get them

vetted, spayed or neutered, and ready for adoption if the owner doesn’t claim them.

We know all too well how easy it is to fall in love with them!  However, there

are certain rules to follow to make sure the pet becomes yours legally as well as

in your heart.

At the very least you need to post somewhere publicly that you’ve

found a lost animal.  You can do so at the shelter and/or in the

newspaper.  You may run a “found animal” ad in the paper for

3 days at no charge.

results, you need to legally license the dog under your name, and

get the dog inoculated against Rabies.  Typically you have 30 days to

do so.  It’s also wise to get the animal checked out by your veterinarian

to make sure there isn’t an ongoing issue with the animal.