Tips for getting a pet safely back to his/her family…
One of the first important steps of finding a pet is to have it scanned for a microchip. It can be done at any vet office or shelter or Petsmart FREE of charge and no appointment is needed. If it is a weekend, an ER Vet can help!
*Notify your local Animal Control/Humane Society to report that you found a pet within 24 hours! Link to a listing of all area shelters – www.indylostpetalert.com/shelters/
*Notify local veterinarians that this pet has been found in case they receive a LOST report from the owner.
* Please do not show a pet’s collar, harness, bandana or other special distinguishing features, such as being spayed/neutered or having mark in a special shape, so that an owner can be asked to identity them. You will notice that we cover collars and/or harnesses in all of our postings. An owner should also be asked to provide pictures, adoption records, and/or vet records. *This is important for the pet’s safety!
*Be aware of any local ordinances regarding the “rehoming of pets” – Marion County – Section 531-208 as us March 2, 2017– Lost and Stray Domestic Animals – states that “With the exception of the Humane Society of Indianapolis or other humane and/or breed rescue organizations recognized by the animal care services division, the finder will be considered the found animal’s owner for purposes of this chapter fourteen (14) continuous days after the found report was files with the animal care services division or its designee.” Hamilton County thirty (30) continuous days, Madison County seven (7) days, Boone County seven (7) days, & Hendricks County seven (7) days. In simple terms, for Marion County, this means, “You cannot rehome the pet (unless the potential family understands that the owners have 14 days to claim it and that they must ACTIVELY try to find its family during that time).” A partial list of county animal control, shelters, and stray hold information can be found at http://www.indylostpetalert.com/animal-welfare-information-per-county/.
*Post lots of signs in the area or intersection where he/she was found, especially entrances/exits of your neighborhood. Neon signs really stand out! Not all people use social media so signs are important!
*Please share his/her alert on your Facebook Page and ask others to share also. If you have a neighborhood or town Facebook Page or www.nextdoor.com site or email list, please get the word out about him/her using these methods also. It’s quite common that a found pet will belong to a family very nearby.
*BEWARE of SCAMMERS! Although we detest this, we know there are dishonest people who peruse our site for dishonorable reasons. Please DO NOT get involved with those who may dishonestly try to claim a pet as their own or offer to foster/buy the pet. These contacts are illegal. If you suspect this, please contact us with the information communicated and the phone number used. Local PD authorities will be involved.
* If there is ever a question about returning a pet to its owner, get Indianapolis Animal Care Services or your local Animal Control involved. Tell the potential owner that they can meet you at a shelter to claim their dog. (If you have any questions as to how to do this, let us know!)
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