Do you catch lost dogs?

posted 3 years ago in Pets
  • poll: Do you catch lost dogs?
    I always try : (86 votes)
    58 %
    Generally no : (20 votes)
    14 %
    Depends on the situation : (42 votes)
    28 %
  • Post # 3
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    It depends. Once I stopped when I saw a black lab in the road, but when I went up to him he growled and bared his teeth. Sorry dude, not returning you! I did check craigslist to see if anyone had posted a missing ad though, and would have called to report the sighting. If the dog otherwise seems friendly I definitely would!

    Post # 4
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    8702 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Most of the time, yes.

    Post # 5
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    525 posts
    Busy bee

    Ugh yes, I feel way too guilty if I don’t at least try. 

    Post # 6
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    905 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    I grew up in a rural area, and we’d frequently have stray dogs wander onto our farm.  Sometimes we knew them, so it was easy to bring them in the house and call their people.  If they were strangers but friendly, we’d round them up and throw them in a stall until we could figure out where they came from.  If they were skittish and/or aggressive, though, we’d keep ourselves and our own dogs safely inside until they left or were retrieved by their owner.  

    Now I live in a large city, and it honestly doesn’t come up.  I can’t remember the last time I saw a stray dog.  Even if I did, my apartment building doesn’t allow dogs and I would worry about my cats.  I imagine I’d just call animal control and let them know what I’d seen and where.

    Post # 7
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    2052 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    I might make an effort to locate their owner but I would never touch a dog I didn’t know.

    Post # 8
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    7664 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

    I don’t think I’ver ever seen a stray dog. In theory, if I saw one and it was friendly then I would bring it in. If it was less friendly, I would call the dog warden and let him catch it using a net… I have no desire to be savaged!

    Post # 9
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    Yes most of the time.  I even made the  mistake o stopping once for what I thought was a “dog” in the middle of the night that was laying in the road.  But when I got out of the car I realized it was a coyote and that my I needed a new RX for my contacts!

    However hubby does this a lot too.  We even ended up keeping two large dogs overnight and searching for their own that night before taking them to shelter in the morning.  

    Post # 10
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    4072 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    If the dog is just in a residential neighborhood, and I’m in a rush, then no. I will hope the owner or a neighbor will spot it quickly. If the dog seems aggressive I will of course not take a chance either.

    I’ve rescued a dog once – on the 4th of July. I have a thread about it. She had a collar and was as friendly as could be. She was clearly exhausted and overheated, and she was right by an insanely busy intersection. I was afraid she would get hit.

    Luckily she had a collar from animal control with an ID number, so I snuggled with the dog that night and called in the morning to get the owner’s information. It was a great feeling when she was reunited!

    I’d do that again in a heartbeat – friendly dog on a busy street? I’ll rescue you!

    Post # 11
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    2720 posts
    Sugar bee

    @NovaRising:  I once saw a pack of coyotes off of the highway. I told my husband that I saw a “poor pack of lab puppies” or something similar (I know very little about dogs) but couldn’t stop. Uhhh no, turned out to be coyotes. 

    So obviously, it depends on the situation.

    I once picked up a skinny, dirty chihuahua thinking it had been lost. Turns out the owner let’s it roam around even though we have leash laws. 

    Post # 12
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    5222 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I always try!  I rarely see stray dogs but I’ve returned a few to their owners and my doggie nephew (sisters dog) was a stray no one claimed!  They found him flea ridden and starving as a puppy on the side of the road and tried to find the owner. They then brought him to the shelter where he stayed overnight until my sister cried so hard after leaving him that her DH went back to the shelter and adopted him first thing the next morning.  He is named after the road they found him on! 

    Post # 13
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    5697 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    If I’m in a position/place where I can do so then yes I always try. If I’d have to risk killing myself or someone else to get to the dog in time for him to not disappear? no I just cross my fingers there are other good doggy samaritans out there

    Post # 14
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    11772 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I always do! I once got to spend an hour playing with a Malamute while the owner drove out to get her!

    Post # 15
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    2189 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2017

    I always try, one time I found a tiny chihuahua stuck in like a parking lot size of blackberry bushes, I had to slowly (and painfully) make my way back to him deep in the stickers to get him out. I had scratches all over my arms and legs but I got the poor little guy!

    Post # 16
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    If they seem friendly. I try to not come at them, but get them to come at me. I live in a neighborhood, but we’re not far from a main road so I feel bad if I don’t try. When my neighbors first got their little schnauzer he was a houdini at getting out of his collar, but he was easy to catch. I’d just put my pug on his lead and Charlie would come visit! I would scoop him up (I knew he was very friendly and ok with being held) and walk him next door.

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