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Hi, new here yall! any who, A German shepherd and another dog have been wandering my neighborhood for the past week. sadly they were harassing my neighbors cats and the unknown dog was shot. Hurricane Nate hit my area last night and another of my neighbors kept him over night. He wondered up to my front porch this morning and I've been playing with him and my old beagle all day. im going to take him to the vet in the morning to see if he's chipped. if I cant find his owners im going to try my best to keep him. hes not a pup but hes not old id say a year to two. hoping for some opinions on what to do next, Thanks!
 

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Thank you for taking care of him and doing the right thing to see if you can find his family. If you can't, I'd still post an ad anywhere I could for a week or two minimum with some great photos of him. He may have a family that loves him who is searching high and low. But if you can't find anyone, personally I'd say take him in yourself if you can do it, and if you can't, please reach out here for folks in the region that may know of a good rescue.
 

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Here's what I do for found dogs:
1. Ad in the local newspaper for 5 days (yes, "old school" classified ads--older people are more likely to see them than online ads, and they count as "legal" notice of a found dog most places). Many newspapers run found dog ads free of charge.

2. Post on Craigslist & the "Lost Pets of (your town/county/parish)" Facebook page (for the young 'uns who no longer read the newspaper).

3. Flyers in the neighborhood--color copies with a photo of the dog, posted all over the neighborhood, esp. at intersections, in rural areas at mailbox pods, and in local businesses (including vet offices, as they may know the dog). If rain is coming, you can put them in plastic page sleeves (opening down, stapled across the bottom, so rain doesn't go in). (If people are still in shelters after the storm, be sure flyers get to the shelters too, as the owners could have been displaced by the storm.)

4. Take the dog out walking when people are out in the neighborhood after work, and on weekends, and talk to everyone: "Have you ever seen this dog in the neighborhood? Have you seen anyone looking for a lost dog?"

5. Notice to the local shelter with a photo, in case the owner looks there. If it's a good no-kill shelter, I'd even consider leaving the dog there for the statutory hold period, with notice that you will adopt it if the owner doesn't come -- that gets you a "clean" title of ownership to the dog in most places, so it's really "your" dog.

Doing all of the above has resulted in me getting most the dogs I've found home, and I'm someone who stops for loose dogs. If someone's looking, they'll see one of these forms of notice.

I would definitely check with your local Animal Control agency about what your responsibilities are for finding the owner. It varies by location. Some places have no requirements, others require newspaper ads, and a few require the dog to be brought to the shelter.
 

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ok, ill do a few of those. animal control was driving around the neighborhood this morning on my way to the vet, i stopped them and asked if anyone has reported one missing but the man said there hasn't been, he also said if he's not chipped i should keep him aha. The vet checked for a chip and said there was not one, followed by a congratulations. ill post in the news paper and an ad on craigs list but im weary of adding a picture in the case of a false owner if that makes sense. i feel if someone was missing him, when they contacted me through either ad they would be able to tell me something specific about his markings so i know he's really theirs.
i was partially nervous how he'd react to my 9 chickens but that quickly vanished.
 

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Oh. At first I thought you said your 9 chickens quickly vanished :)
 

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Oh. At first I thought you said your 9 chickens quickly vanished :)
:laugh2:

There are a number of local Facebook groups in my area that post pictures of lost pets, which people living in the area where the animal was lost or found quickly re-post. I got my own dog back this way within hours of her going missing, when a wind storm blew open the gate to the backyard.

Most of them are affiliated with the local Humane Society, so do a search for their Facebook page/pages.

The return rate with these groups is very high, and it's very satisfying to see the owners report "Dog (or cat) safely BACK HOME!"
 

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ok, ill do a few of those. animal control was driving around the neighborhood this morning on my way to the vet, i stopped them and asked if anyone has reported one missing but the man said there hasn't been, he also said if he's not chipped i should keep him aha. The vet checked for a chip and said there was not one, followed by a congratulations. ill post in the news paper and an ad on craigs list but im weary of adding a picture in the case of a false owner if that makes sense. i feel if someone was missing him, when they contacted me through either ad they would be able to tell me something specific about his markings so i know he's really theirs.
i was partially nervous how he'd react to my 9 chickens but that quickly vanished.
I do all the adverts that were listed and notify police, shelters, etc..but I usually just say found dog, especially when it is a purebred. For the reason you stated.
 

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I agree with your initial impulse, OP. I wouldn't post pictures in advertisements either. Owners should have pictures themselves or, failing that, be able to describe the dog to you. Last thing you want if for the dog to fall into the wrong hands.

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Couldn't you kind of tell that it wasn't really their dog? By its behavior on seeing them I mean.
 

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Couldn't you kind of tell that it wasn't really their dog? By its behavior on seeing them I mean.
Yup. I've also used collar collar (not pictured), white spots on chest (not pictured), and odd behavior quirks as things to ask the owner to tell me about. One GSD found running in traffic that we temporarily sheltered was a nut with a garden hose, barking and biting at the hose stream in a kooky way -- I asked the owner if how she reacted to water running and got an "OMG, here's what she does..." answer. It's pretty easy to tell when it's right: the dog goes bonkers when it hears the right car pull up in the driveway and loses its mind with joy when it sees the owner.

You can also do what shelters do: ask for proof of ownership (which can mean anything from vet records that state the breed, pictures of the same dog on their phone, purchase or adoption papers, and on and on). You can sometimes also confirm by FB-stalking or IG-stalking them if their profile is public, as dog owners nearly always have pics of their dog posted there.

I've never had even the most remote sense of doubt returning a dog. They knew their person.
 

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I love it when dogs loose their mind with joy :)
 

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Yup, I've had shelter workers say they rely more on the dog saying "That's my human!" than the human saying "That's my dog!"
 

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Here's what I do for found dogs:
1. Ad in the local newspaper for 5 days (yes, "old school" classified ads--older people are more likely to see them than online ads, and they count as "legal" notice of a found dog most places). Many newspapers run found dog ads free of charge.

2. Post on Craigslist & the "Lost Pets of (your town/county/parish)" Facebook page (for the young 'uns who no longer read the newspaper).

3. Flyers in the neighborhood--color copies with a photo of the dog, posted all over the neighborhood, esp. at intersections, in rural areas at mailbox pods, and in local businesses (including vet offices, as they may know the dog). If rain is coming, you can put them in plastic page sleeves (opening down, stapled across the bottom, so rain doesn't go in). (If people are still in shelters after the storm, be sure flyers get to the shelters too, as the owners could have been displaced by the storm.)

4. Take the dog out walking when people are out in the neighborhood after work, and on weekends, and talk to everyone: "Have you ever seen this dog in the neighborhood? Have you seen anyone looking for a lost dog?"

5. Notice to the local shelter with a photo, in case the owner looks there. If it's a good no-kill shelter, I'd even consider leaving the dog there for the statutory hold period, with notice that you will adopt it if the owner doesn't come -- that gets you a "clean" title of ownership to the dog in most places, so it's really "your" dog.

Doing all of the above has resulted in me getting most the dogs I've found home, and I'm someone who stops for loose dogs. If someone's looking, they'll see one of these forms of notice.

I would definitely check with your local Animal Control agency about what your responsibilities are for finding the owner. It varies by location. Some places have no requirements, others require newspaper ads, and a few require the dog to be brought to the shelter.
Someone dumped a GSD on us back at my farm. Said "isn't this your dog" and walked away. It was not our dog. He was the same color as my female but outweighed her by about 40lbs. Nice enough dog. I did pretty much everything Magwart said above. He lived on my porch for a day or two. Finally animal control called me back after I had called them to see if anyone was looking for him. His owners had called A.C., and A.C. gave me their #, so I was able to return him. He lived down the road where I actually thought he lived-- I had driven down there and honked at their gate but they did not come out or weren't home.

So finally he got home safe. I got kind of a lot of creepy emails on Craigslist trying to claim him or take him prior to finding the real owners. Be careful with those weirdos
 
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