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Lost Pets, Fourth of July


More pets are lost in the Puget Sound on or around the Fourth of July than any other time of year. Between the barbeques, strangers, fireworks, fireworks displays andLost Dogs don’t forget the planes and jets that performed in the air show for the Freedom Fair on Ruston Way, it’s a terrifying time for our furry friends. It’s a heartbreaking scenario that effects so many of us this time of the year, however swift and calm actions and a lot of major networking can significantly increase the chances that you will be reunited with your pet. The key is know what to do.

The first thing to do is to start looking as soon as you know your pet is missing. Waiting to see if they come home on their own could leave you waiting to long. A scared pet isn’t thinking about things like traffic, other animals, and its own safety or surroundings and they can quickly become disoriented and in a lot of trouble. So take quick moment to assess how your pet got out and start looking there. You might be shocked to know that many indoor cats that escape due to the noise and frightening events of the Fourth of July are found under their own house, under a near by out building or in a close by tree. Not knowing what to do or where to go to feel safe can leave them wondering away from the safety of home very quickly. Even outdoor cats get spooked and can run in a panic with out thought to where they are or where they are going and become lost. Dogs too will run in a panic and fear will drive them away from the sounds and potentially into harms way.

The next step is to search your neighborhood. Check out all of the streets, ally ways, and other areas within a three mile radius of your home. Paper the neighborhood with in five miles of your home with flyers and talk to your neighbors. Don’t forget to get online and network with your friends and family. Craigslist is another great place to post a picture of your missing pet. The more people that know that your pet is missing, the more likely it is that you will find them.

Check with your local shelters and animal control within the first day that your pet is missing. Someone may have already found it and turned it in or called and let them know. Many shelters keep logs of people that call in with pet descriptions in case they come across it. Check Craigslist and look for people that have found pets. It’s a free place to post so your pets picture or description could end up there.

Remember to make sure that your pet has its ID. It’s a good idea for all of your pets, including the indoor only pets, to always wear a collar with their ID tags. The ID tags should have your name and a good phone number to reach you at. If you had your pet microchip, please remember that microchips are only as good as the information provided and if that information is not up to date it will be harder for it to help your pet get home to you. Also, even if your pet is chipped it’s a good idea for your pet to still have a collar with an ID tag in case your pet is not taken to a shelter or other location where the pet can be scanned for the chip.

Lastly, don’t ever give up on your lost pet. The news is full of stories of people that have lost their pets and years later find them again. Your furry family member misses you as much as you miss them.

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Fourth of July Pet Safely Tips

Lost Dogs Photo Credit: C. Smith

July 7, 2012 Posted by | animal behavior, Animal or Pet Related Stories, Animal Related Education, animals, Holidays With Pets, Just One More Pet, Pets | , , | Leave a comment

Lost Dog Reunited with Family

About 10-days ago we found an injured dog in the walking path behind the hotel we are staying at.

Rescued Rosie

See:  Injured Dog Found in North Austin, Texas for full story

We made fliers and have been keeping tabs on her.  She had surgery and was recovering and has now been reunited with her family.

There is a great service called FindFido (findfido.com).  This is the first time that I have seen them in action.  They called every household in a wide neighborhood area notifying neighbors that the dog was lost.

It was a rewarding experience for us to see her reunited with her family!

September 27, 2011 Posted by | animals, Dogs, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, Pets, Success Stories | , , , | 1 Comment

Injured Dog Found In North Austin, Texas

We found a great dog on our daily walk-around in the back of the property, an old oak grove, of the Extended Stay Deluxe in North Central Austin Texas today.  She is the sweetest doggie and barely made a peep as we passed her walking our little pack of 4.  And they obviously sensed something was wrong with her because they never made a peep either.  Luckily my husband spotted her.

She is a sweet girl who was extremely dehydrated and injured.  She was just lying there in the hot afternoon… luckily under a tree in the dry brush.

We brought her water several times, which she did drink, but we couldn’t get her to eat. In a short time the bowl of food was taken over by ants.  She let us get close to her but wouldn’t move, which we could understand when we got close enough to see the gash in her knee where all the hair and skin was gone.  It is hard to tell what happened or whether she was hit by a car, but it appeared that something might have been broken and didn’t look like she had been in any kind of struggle with another dog or animal.

She licked Tim’s fingers while he sat with her to wait for the animal services truck.  (I normally would not call animal services but we are in an area we are not familiar with, staying in an extended stay hotel and it was after hours by the time we called around.  We had found a 24-hour vet that we would have taken her to if Austin’s Animal Center didn’t have placement and re-homing numbers as good as most NO KILL facilities.)  She allowed Tim to wrap her in a blanket pick her up and place her in the truck.  I stayed with our pack… who were wound up like tops whenever we left them alone.

Rescued Rosie

Rescued Rosie 2

Rescued Rosie 3

Our gang watched Dad from the window as the rescue worker came to take Rosie (the temporary name we gave her because she had a pink plaid collar but no tags); it was cute!  They said they were headed directly to the vet because it turned out that she did appear to have a broken leg right above the gash. Rosie should be getting treatment as I’m writing.  We were told that if we had not found this injured doggie, given her water and gotten her help when we did that she would not have survived.

Warching Dad Helping Rosie

Our gang was very curious!!

If this is your pup or you know who she belongs to please contact the Austin Animal Center at 512.974.2000

9/16/11 6:30P.M.  Just got off the phone with the Austin Animal Center.  They said ‘Rosie’ was going to be fine, but still needed some additional treatment.  She also did not have a chip so they have no idea what her name really is or who she belongs to.  We are going to make some flyers and circulate them in the neighborhood behind us because she could not have gotten far on that leg.

9/17/11 1:00P.M.  Austin Animal Center has her listed as an approximately 8 month old brown and white female American Staffordshire mix.  She weighs 37 pounds and they have her listed as friendly.  She was very friendly with us, especially considering she was injured and surely stressed and afraid.

Her ID number here at Town Lake Animal Center (TLAC) is A609949.  We have put together a flier, posted it in the closest neighborhood and passed it around to local businesses.

We will keep you updated…

But again… if this is your pup or you know who she belongs to please contact the Austin Animal Center at 512.974.2000

September 16, 2011 Posted by | Adopt Just One More Pet, Animal or Pet Related Stories, Animal Rescues, animals, Dogs, Fostering and Rescue, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, NO KILL NATION, Pet Friendship and Love, Pets, We Are All God's Creatures | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment