VOLUME 5 • ISSUE 7 • July 2013
Lost and Found!
Almost every day our hospital receives calls about lost pets and questions about wildlife. We also are visited on a regular basis by “Good Samaritans “that bring in animals that they have found wandering. Below you will find helpful hints about what to do should your pet escape the house or yard, what do if you find an animal wandering or have any questions about young or injured wildlife.
IF YOUR PET IS LOST…
- -The best way to have your pet returned quickly is to make sure that your pet has a collar with ID. If you do not like the jingling of tags, buy a collar with your phone number embroidered on it. If your pet has a medical condition that does not allow a collar, then have a microchip implanted. However, make sure to have the microchip registered to you. Most companies allow you to add several other contacts in case you are not available.
- -Contact all the local veterinary clinics and emergency clinics in your area. Most Good Samaritans will take a lost pet to a vet clinic to be scanned for a microchip. We also recommend contacting animal control and the shelters in your area; call the non- emergency number of the local police departments.
- -In this age of the Internet and smartphones- check Craigslist for listings and even Facebook groups such as “For the Love of Louie”. It is a facebook page that will list lost and found dogs with pictures and info.
IF YOU FIND AN ANIMAL WANDERING…
- -Be careful, approach slowly, and check to see if there is a collar or ID tag. You can use food as enticement and try to get a leash on the dog.
- -Take to a local vet clinic or emergency clinic to have the pet checked for a microchip, contact the local police departments.
- -Check the internet and Facebook- see above.
- -Be prepared to keep the pet overnight at your home. Do not allow contact with your family pets. Contact animal control in the morning if you have no leads.
I FOUND A BABY BUNNY/BIRD…
Leave it alone! Rabbits only visit the nest 1-2 times daily usually at night. Unless your dog is bothering the baby bunnies they should be left alone. Many baby birds on the ground are learning to fly. If the baby bird is out in the open and you haven’t seen the mother bird for a long time, you can use something to move the baby bird out of the sun and place it under a bush or covered area. The mother will return. See these websites for a flowchart on what to do when you find a baby mammal or baby bird:
http://www.natures-nursery.org/uploads/Baby_Mammal_Flowchart.pdf and http://www.natures-nursery.org/uploads/baby_bird_rescue_flowchart.pdf
I FOUND AN INJURED TURTLE/BIRD/BUNNY…
It is illegal to care for wildlife without a permit or rehabilitator’s license. If you find a severely injured animal- veterinary clinics can humanely euthanize the animal otherwise please contact a wildlife rehabilitator. See this website for specific information. http://www.michigandnr.com/dlr/
A Happy Outcome
Buddy, a young Siberian Husky, was found running in the area of Decker and Pontiac Trail on the Fourth of July. He was very lucky because a Good Samaritan stopped and Buddy immediately jumped into her car. She contacted the police and then drove Buddy straight to our hospital to be checked for a microchip. Unfortunately he did not have a microchip. Because the police had been contacted, when the owners were out looking and the policeman saw them and directed the owners to our hospital, Buddy was reunited with his family a few hours after he got loose.
We want to keep your pet safe!
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