There is an estimated 3.9 million dogs that enter animal shelters every year. About 542,000 dogs that enter the shelter as a stray are returned to their owner. In fact, twice as many dogs enter shelters as strays compared to just being relinquished by their owner. So why are there so many stray dogs?
One of the main reasons why a dog becomes a stray is that they weren’t kept properly indoors or had no identification. When getting a new dog, it’s important that they have a microchip. A veterinarian is able to scan a dog’s microchip to make sure that he is returned to his owner. It is also important for your dog to have tags on his collar. If your dog happens to get loose, someone would be able to return him due to the information on the tags. If the tags are missing, then they can take him to a vet to have the microchip scanned.
What if a stray dog doesn’t have tags or a microchip? Check with the local animal shelter to see if anyone is missing a dog that matches the dog that you found. Also look in the newspaper to see if anyone had put in an ad for a lost dog. If no one has put an ad in the paper, consider putting one in yourself or place flyers around the area that the dog was found. Most people might consider leaving the stray dog at the animal shelter due to various reasons, such a living situation and financial reasons.
But what if you want to keep the stray? If you already own dogs, you would need to make sure that all of the dogs get along. You would also need to have the bare necessities for the dog, such as food and a collar. The dog will need to be checked over by a vet to make sure they don’t have any infections and are up to date on shots. This would also be the perfect time to get a microchip inserted into your dog. It might take a while for a stray dog to adjust to life with a family. He may be timid around humans and may be overprotective of his food and toys. Proper training will help him to adjust and love his life with his new family.