Lost dog: how to get your pooch home safely

South Shore Breaker - - Sports - TRACY JESSIMAN RE­CY­CLED LOVE re­cy­cledlove@me.com

It has hap­pened to many fam­i­lies, friends and my­self — the dog goes miss­ing.

They un­ex­pect­edly bolt out your front door and be­fore you can nab them, they are run­ning down the street.

There are nu­mer­ous sit­u­a­tions when your dog can be­come lost; there­fore, I thought I would share some tips on how to get them home safely.

En­sure your dog is mi­crochipped and your ad­dress is up to date on the chip. This is your first line of de­fence to help your lost dog.

Most adopted res­cue dogs will have the con­tact in­for­ma­tion of the res­cue or­ga­ni­za­tion on the chip.

You should also have your dog wear its col­lar at all times in­side your home with tags that are also up to date.

If your dog is lost, you should con­tact lo­cal vet­eri­nar­ian clin­ics to alert them of your sit­u­a­tion and email them a picture of your dog.

Post the picture on Face­book, Twit­ter and any other so­cial me­dia site. Hang pic­tures of your lost dog on poles in and around your neigh­bour­hood. Let your neigh­bours know your dog is out loose. Search the in­ter­net for lost dog groups and con­tact them di­rectly.

Once your dog has been found, in­form all of those who were in­volved in search­ing for your beloved pooch.

My dog, Sam, ran out of my front door in Ch­ester a few years ago and I was frozen in fear

Luck­ily, he ran down my neigh­bour’s long laneway and they bribed him into their home with treats.

Sam was only lost for about an hour, but I can tell you I cried the whole time think­ing I would never see him again.

I should also tell you that in­di­vid­u­als in­volved in an­i­mal res­cue share one glar­ing habit: we keep ex­tra leashes and col­lars of ev­ery size in our ve­hi­cles. We do this in case we find wan­der­ing lost dogs. I can at­test to us­ing my car leashes mul­ti­ple times over the years.

I have picked up just about ev­ery breed and size of dog. Most times, the dog’s owner will ap­pear when I have put a leash on the dog and the owner is al­ways very thank­ful.

If the dog is wear­ing a col­lar with tags, I will per­son­ally de­liver the dog to the fam­ily.

I hope some of these tips are help­ful and that they al­le­vi­ate a bit of the stress you may feel if your dog is lost.

There are many kind-hearted an­i­mals lovers who are more than will­ing to help you find your dog.

Even though my hus­band calls me a dog mag­net be­cause of all the lost dogs I have found, I also came across a lost horse on the South Shore.

Of course, I did not have a leash big enough so I had to call the RCMP. The horse made it home safely to the de­light of a young girl.

Please be kind to an­i­mals.

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No­body wants to face the idea of hav­ing to search for a miss­ing pet.

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