By law, every dog should be wearing a current year dog license. If you find a dog that is wearing a Montgomery County license tag, you can look up the tag number at the Montgomery County Auditor’s website. You can also call us at (937) 898-4457, and we will provide you with the owner’s information.
If the license is from a different county, visit www.ocdwa.org, go to the state directory, and choose the appropriate county to contact their shelter directly.
If you find a dog with a rabies tag, call Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County at (937) 225-4460, and they will be able to assist you in identifying and locating the owner.
Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Nextdoor are perfect for locating and reuniting lost pets with their families. Create a post with the picture of the animal as well as some basic information, such as where and when it was found, and ask friends to share it. There are also Facebook pages specifically dedicated to reuniting lost pets with their owners.
If an animal does not have any identification, like a license, rabies tag, or ID tag, contact your local police department, a veterinarian, or the ARC (that’s us!) and ask them about scanning for a microchip.
Register the dog as found to increase the chances of being reunited with its family. Visit www.mcanimals.org and use the lost and found page to “Register a Dog Found,” and visit lost.petcolove.org to report “I Found A Pet.”
Chances are, someone is looking for an missing their pup. Talk to neighbors and see if they have seen the dog before and know who it belongs to.
So you’ve searched here, there and everywhere, and this pup’s owners are nowhere to be found – what are your options?
Just because an owner hasn’t been found yet doesn’t mean they won’t eventually. If you are able to provide a temporary home for the dog while waiting for someone to come forward, this is the best option. Shelters, no matter how nice they may be, are no replacement for a loving home – even if it’s only for a few days. The animal shelter environment suffers from: overcrowding; constant introduction of new, unknown animals; increased stress for pets; and heightened risk of spreading illness.
If enough time has passed (we recommend waiting at least three days), and you’ve done everything possible to find a dog’s owners, you may keep or rehome the dog yourself. As we mentioned above, shelters are truly no place for a dog. If you or someone else chooses to keep the dog, please call us at (937) 898-4457 to explain the situation and we will walk you through the steps to officially and legally add a new furry friend to your family!