Have you found a stray dog? It is not necessarily an abandoned animal, but perhaps a dog that is lost and needs help finding its master. Has your little friend got lost or fled? Do not panic, we specify the procedure you need to follow in this file to allow you to know what to do in one or the other of these situations.
Lost dog: why does a dog run away?
Some dogs tend to run away or simply run away from home. If repeated runs can be a sign of behavioral problems, many causes can explain this phenomenon. Some breeds are more affected than others, but also some doggies who have experienced premature weaning and / or inadequate training.
You should also know that for some dogs, the herd instinct remains very much present and may encourage the dog to run away to seek contact with its offspring. Others may move away from their home for fear of noise (fireworks, fireworks, thunderstorms, work, etc.) or after a trauma or change that disturbs them (moving, arrival of a baby or a new animal in the home, death of a loved one , etc.).
Warm periods in female dogs can also cause a male or female dog to run off to breed. Finally, be aware that a bored dog who lacks activity or suffers from loneliness may seek to leave to have fun.
You have found a lost dog: what to do?
If you find a stray dog, it may be a lost animal that its owner is looking for. Either way, the dog needs help because the survival of a stray dog is reduced due to the risk of an accident he likes or causes.
How to help.
Turn to him
If the animal is not aggressive and seems healthy, you can approach it. On the other hand, be sensitive, speak to him in a soft voice and do not make any sudden movements, for even the gentlest dog can become disoriented from getting lost and thus become frightened or flee at your approach.
You can try to lure him by throwing some food after him. He will then approach you when he feels safe. Do not hesitate to offer him water if it is hot, for he may become dehydrated.
If he stays calm around you, you can pat him and gently grab him by the collar. If, on the other hand, he is injured, if he seems ill or if he is aggressive, keep your distance and contact the municipality that comes to pick him up.
If the animal wears a mark
If the dog wears a tag with its owner’s contact information, you can contact him directly to tell him that you have found his dog.
If the master does not answer you, you can call the door next door, because the neighborhood may know the animal and can tell you about its owner’s identity.
If the dog does not carry a mark
You can wait a moment near the dog because his master may be nearby and looking for him. If no one shows up or you can not stay there, you have two options.
- You can drop off the dog at the nearest vet. The therapist will thus be able to check whether he has a tattoo or an electronic chip and thus contact his master.
- You can contact the municipal police, the gendarmerie or the municipality’s town hall. They will be able to retrieve the animal to read the coordinates of its master using an electronic chip reader. It may also be that the dog’s owner has already notified them of his disappearance.
If it is not possible to identify the owner of the missing dog, these various units will contact a collection service, which will take care of depositing the animal in a shelter or at the pound. The pound is a municipal service under the responsibility of the mayor. It can accommodate lost dogs, but these are killed if their master does not come to pick them up, or if they are not adopted within a certain period of time. Shelters are run by associations or foundations and receive stray dogs. They can stay there all their lives, but they are generally killed if they are sick or seriously injured.
It should be noted that you have the right to adopt the dog, but only on condition that you have taken all the steps required by law to find its master. If he cannot be identified, if he does not respond to requests, or if he does not want to get his animal back, you have the right to take steps to adopt him. In fact, do not assume that a stray dog is necessarily an abandoned animal. His master can actively seek him out. But if you keep it without being sure, you are outlawed and your action is considered a theft.
Your dog is lost: what to do?
You own a dog and your little companion is lost. In this case, here is the procedure to follow.
Try to locate your dog
First, try calling your pet loudly around the place where it got lost. He may have dozed into the corner. Repeat your calls during the day and in the following days, if he still does not return, focusing on the quietest hours.
Do not hesitate to attract him by shaking a bag of drinks or treats by waving his toys. You can put a piece of clothing that carries your scent near the house, to help him find his way because he can smell it several hundred meters away.
If you have lost your dog, whether it has run away from home or escaped during a walk or otherwise, it is important to declare your loss very quickly with the National Carnivorous Identification File (I-CAD).
To do this you have several solutions:
- on the I-CAD website (www.i-cad.fr), from your place, by entering the identification number of your doggie and your password, or from the contact form available on the website;
- by phone on 09.77.40.30.77 (price for a local call), Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 17:30.
Continue your research
Still can’t find your dog? Here are some tips to maximize your chances of doing so.
- The wanted ad : Post a search on social media and local services to help you find it. You can also put up posters in the area where the animal has strayed. Of course, regularly check the messages from I-CAD, which indicate the animals found.
- Alarm local professionals : Inform veterinarians, shelters and animal associations in the area about the loss of your dog so they are more aware and contact you if your pet is entrusted to them.
- Ask the neighborhood : walk around the neighborhood, ask the neighbors if they have seen your dog, have them check their garage or garden shed, if it was open when you lost your dog, or ask about possible special events (a construction site that could have frightened your dog), professional vehicles in which the animal could have been climbed, etc.).
Lost dog: what precautions to take?
Lost dog: what to do if the animal is not identified?
Know that you have a duty to get your dog identified using an electronic chip or a tattoo. Any animal must be identified before the age of 4 months, an obligation which must be fulfilled before a sale or a free transfer of the dog, or within the same period if it is kept without being given away or sold. In addition to compliance with the law, identification facilitates the search for missing dogs.
The identification actually makes it possible to behave the animal with I-CAD and thus facilitate contact with its master as soon as it is found by a third party. In this case, veterinarians, shelters, gendarmerie and police stations have been notified of the loss.
In addition, identification helps to protect the animal, because from a legal point of view, an unidentified dog does not belong to anyone. If it exists, it will therefore be handed over to the pound or to a shelter.
However, if you have lost your dog and it was not identified, contact the pounds near the loss site as well as animal shelters.
Be careful, because it is unfortunately common for owners of missing dogs to receive misleading information from malicious people. These may lead you to believe that they have seen or found your dog, that he may have been injured, and thus require, before you return him or send you a picture, payment of fees to reimburse veterinary expenses or to charge payment for the service provided. Some may want you to call an overpriced phone number abroad and claim that your pet has been located in another country. These villains sometimes do not hesitate to imitate official institutions, gendarmes, police agents, veterinarians, municipal agents or others.
Never accept their request and do not give in to their pressure. Unfortunately, it is actually not uncommon for dishonest people to take advantage of the misfortune of others to earn a few euros.
In this case, do not follow up and report the situation to I-CAD in the various ways outlined above. Do not hesitate to lodge a complaint with the police station or the gendarmerie.
To avoid these scams, do not communicate for specific information about your animal. Otherwise, these people will be able to make you believe that they have your dog under their eyes by repeating the characteristic elements that you had mentioned in your research, and for example claiming that they can not send you a picture .
You have found your dog: what to do?
You’ve finally found your little companion! In this case, enter this information on the I-CAD website so that your doggie is no longer considered lost. However, wait to have it in front of you, to avoid fraud.
Please note that if your dog has been picked up by a veterinarian, a municipal agent, a bailiff, a police officer, a gendarme or a customs agent, or if it has been put into the pound, you will have to pay a certain lump sum, which is determined by the municipality. device.
Lost dog: can we prevent the risk of running away?
You will not always be able to prevent your dog from running away or getting lost, but you can limit the risk by following a few precautions.
- If you are moving, or if you are moving to a new place (vacation, loved ones, highway service area, etc.), your dog may be worried and stressed so it is trying to escape. Pay attention by keeping him on a leash or locked inside a quiet, safe room.
- If you are visited by relatives or professionals (salesman, electrician, etc.), your dog may seek to flee for fear or, on the contrary, follow them out of curiosity. Be aware of that.
- If your dog regularly runs away from your home, remember to keep a gate closed and look for holes in your fence. If it is too low, raise it or plan a higher enclosure in your garden if you do not have this option.
- In your absence, allow your dog toys and / or chewing gum to occupy themselves.
- Dedicate more time to your dog if he is bored or if he can not stand being alone in your absence. Enjoy quality time with him on walks or playtime.
Finally, it seems to us essential to emphasize that when your dog finally returns after running away, it is imperative not to scold him! In fact, he would associate his return with your anger and therefore with an unpleasant event that could encourage him not to come back another time or to postpone the time of his return. On the contrary, congratulate him on his return so he will enjoy coming back.