From the Top of the Bookshelf: Steps to Take If You Find a Homeless Pet

From the Top of the Bookshelf: Steps to Take If You Find a Homeless Pet

Hello world, it’s Patra! My human loves going outside and walking; it’s great breathing in fresh air. While the scenery is beautiful to look at, there’s always one thing that is upsetting to see, and that’s homeless animals. These animals were once loved and cared for by their owners, and now they have to fend for themselves in a harsh environment. It isn’t an easy life for them, but with your help their lives can change for the better.

Initial Contact

When you see a homeless animal, it can be a natural instinct to want to run up to it and give it a reassuring hug, but due to it being an animal you aren’t familiar with it’s best to take precautions. Slowly approach it and observe it while approaching; if you see any aggressive behavioral traits, it’s best to keep your distance. If you see that there isn’t any aggressive behavior, you can approach it. A tip to help coax it out to you would be to bring food and water with you. If it’s aggressive, place the food and water at a safe distance.

If you can approach it, check to see if it’s wearing a tag with their owner’s name on it. If they have a tag, call the owner as soon as possible to let them know the whereabouts of their pet; in some cases the owner won’t want their pet back.

If there is no tag, take the animal to a veterinarian clinic and they can check for a microchip.

Where to Place the Homeless Pet

This is the part where you can decide to make a difference with the problem of overpopulation in animal shelters. You can decide to call a local animal shelter to see if they will take the homeless pet you found, or you can take it into your care temporarily until it finds its forever home. If you opt to do the latter (I hope so!) place a temporary tag around their neck with a collar and include your information on it.

By taking the homeless pet into your care, you can help it not just feel loved, but you can socialize with it, preparing it for adoption. Socializing with them is one of the best things you can do because it will help them become more social and happy, increasing its chances of adoption.

If you do, however, decide to place them in an animal shelter, make sure to claim last rights. By claiming last rights, you will be the one to adopt them if no one does—you’ll be saving its life.

Marketing Your Homeless Pet

By taking the homeless pet into your care, you have more of a say in who adopts it, plus you get full control on how to market them to the public—time to get creative!

Taking pictures is one of the most beneficial ways to market a homeless pet. The pictures can be posted on social media accounts, flyers you make, ads in newspapers, and you can even save them on your phone so you can show your friends and family (maybe one of them would love to adopt them).

The next step in marketing your homeless pet would be to come up with a creative bio that can go alongside the pictures. When writing the bio make sure to not put in specific details because if someone happens to call claiming that’s their pet, you will need them to describe them in detail. If what they say doesn’t match up, then you will know if they are lying about being the owner; this does happen, so it’s always best to take precautions.

Prepping for Adoption

To prep them for adoption, if they are not spayed or neutered, have that procedure done! Having the procedure done will make a huge difference in how quickly they will find their new home, plus it’s has great health benefits to them as well.

If someone has contacted you about adopting them, make sure to be very thorough when screening them. When interviewing, as specific questions to get a better idea if they’re the right fit for your homeless pet. Also ask to see proper identification.

The process of finding a homeless pet a home is extremely crucial. If you happen to go through this process and love the good deed you are doing, maybe it’s time for you to consider fostering. If you are interested in fostering, please contact us.


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