Post # 1
I just found the sweetest Rottweiler mixed dog ever. She definately isn’t full Rott and is just so loving. Defiantely somebody’s pet! Problem is she has a collar but no tags, no chip, and so far, no lost posters. Her owners probably don’t even know she is missing yet. I have taken her around a few times and nothing. I can’t keep her in this tiny apartment for too long. While Ari LOVES playing with her, Mr. Hedgie isn’t too thrilled I wont just take her to the pound. I refuse to risk this sweetie being put down and the rescues in the area are all too full. I am so lost!!! I posted an add on Craigslist and am asking of Facebook if anybody can foster her for now but so far, nothing. And worst of all, the vet says she either just had pups and is drying up or is about to have pups. She couldn’t feel anything but that doesn’t always mean she isn’t preggers.
This is the best picture I could get of her. I had to hold Ari in my arms to do it! (Which is what she is staring at.)
Post # 3
I just googled “No Kill Shelter Dallas/Ft. Worth” and this came up:
I don’t know where you live, but look for a no-kill shelter – be persistent when you tell them that you found this dog but cannot keep it any longer – they should take her.
Post # 4
A lot of times owners look for their pets at the Humane Society. So when we find dogs that’s where we’ve taken them and they have been reclaimed. She might not be from your neighborhood, you don’t know how far she has gone. It doesn’t sound like you are having much luck around your neighborhood so maybe that is the case.
Post # 5
@Rock Hugger: I agree with this. Also maybe mention to them that you believe this dog does have an owner. Sometimes they will post a picture on their website and get the word out to other shelters.
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Post # 7
What a cutie! If you surrender her, it should definitely be to a no-kill place.
I assume you have also checked craigslist for lost dog ads? There are also websites otu there dedicated solely to lost pets, so maybe do a google search for those. The main one I know of is for Minnesota dogs, so that doesn’t help you much, but I am sure Texas has something similiar.
Poor little girl…hope she has a family out there looking for and wasn’t a “We don’t want her any more” case.
Post # 8
Aw can’t you make him a deal that you will work on finding the owner in like a week.
It’s your house too. I’d put my foot down personally.
Post # 9
@Oneeleven: The problem is that he has some points. We can’t afford to feed her because we would have to buy an entirely different kind of food for her and we can’t crate her at night like we do our puppy and we don’t know how she is uncrated at night. Also, if we both end up having to work during the day we normally take Ari to a doggy day care. Since this girl has no tags (which means no rabbies tags either) and we don’t have her shot records, we can take her to day care. Also, we do have a TINY apartment. A couple days is fine. A week is pushing it.
Post # 10
Will he agree to keep her for a few days while you try to find the owners?
In addition to your Craigslist ad, I’d call all the local shelters with a description of the dog and your information. This way if the owner calls the shelter can forward them on to you.
I’d also make Found signs and put them up around where you live. These actually work. One of my cats ran away about six years ago and we made a sign. The people who found her called us and she’s been back home ever since.
Post # 11
You may want to leave a message at area shelters with your contact information and/or that of whoever ends up fostering her. That way, if her owners call around looking for her, they can be put in contact with the right folks.
Many newspapers will also let you place adds for free for this type of situation–it is definitely worth it to check it out!
Post # 12
Call your local animal control and just tell them that you found a dog, and give them her description. They may have received already or will receive soon a missing pet report. That’s how I returned the two puppies I found a year ago!
If you don’t have any luck, Hedgie, send me a PM. I’ve been active in the animal rescue scene here in the past, and I may be able to find someone who can take her. Maybe.
Post # 13
Aw all good points. Hopefully you can find them in a couple of days!!
Post # 14
Why would you have to buy her a different food? If she is preggers or just had puppies recently, a puppy food would be fine for her, (pregnant/nursing dogs usually are fed puppy food), at least temporarily.
Post # 15
Try putting it out on Twitter too; ask that people forward/RT in your area? Call the police station & the shelters with the decription if you haven’t already? Call the area vets? A lot of time people will call them if they’ve lost their dog. Maybe put it on facebook too?
I know how much it sucks, but you can’t keep every stray. :/
Post # 16
We found a dog recently that was just as you described; sweet, loving, collar but no tags and not chipped. We called the SPCA in our area, told them we’d found a dog and believed him to belong to someone. They checked their records and lo and behold, someone had placed an ad about their lost pup. He was home with his people twenty minutes later. Check the SPCA, vet offices (post pictures), pet stores, etc. Check everywhere someone may have taken their dog for care.
Oh, and if the owner offers you money for caring for her, just smile sweetly and tell them to be a dear and use it to have their pup tagged and chipped. That’s what I wish I had done.