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more often than not, your dog is probably in the neighborhood. Post on your local Nextdoor and/or Ring app as well as Facebook. They have groups or pages for lost and found animals.
Both the LA County and LA City shelters have great resoucses to help you find your lost pet. In Los Angeles county please see: https://animalcare.lacounty.gov/if-you-lost-your-pet/
In Los Angeles City please see: https://www.laanimalservices.com/lost-pet
If you have found a stray or lost dog, the first thing to do is to take him or her to your local veterinarian or shelter to see if the dog is microchipped. If so, they can contact the owner.
If the dog is not chipped or does not have a registered chip, you should post the dog in the lost and found pages of your Nextdoor and/or Ring app and your local Facebook group. You can also make flyer to post at your local pet stores and veterinarian offices. When you post on these sites, do not state the gender of the dog or mention any distinguishing marks. You want the person calling to give you proof it is their dog. You would be surprised how many people will take stray dogs to sell, abuse or feed to another animal.
While you do have to notify the shelter that you found the dog, you do not have to bring the dog in. You can foster the dog while you wait for the owner. This will free up space at our already overcrowded shelters.
What you must do is to notify the shelter you found the dog. You can send them an email with a picture of the dog along with the description of the dog including gender and color marking, and when and where you found the dog.
If the dog belongs to someone in your neighborhood, they will be grateful you kept the dog out of harm's way and gave them time to collect their dog before sending it to the local shelter.
For more information on what to do in Los Angeles County please see: https://animalcare.lacounty.gov/if-you-find-a-pet/
In Los Angeles City please see: https://www.laanimalservices.com/i-found-a-pet
Kittens have the best chance of survival if they are kept with their mom for the first 6-8 weeks. Often times people see kittens without the mom because the mom was scared away or is hunting. Chances are if you stay back and watch for the mom, she will return. For more information about what to do when you find a kitten, please refer to the ASPCA found kitten page shown here. FOUND A K ITTEN. If the kittens are injured, appear sick or the mom can not be found, then we need to intervene to give the kittens a fighting chance of survival. We can only help one or two litters of kittens at time. We welcome you to foster and help us care for kittens. We can provide you with food and any education you need to help care for the kittens. As an alternative, you can bring them to your local shelter. However, if the kittens are unweaned, ill or unsocial, there is a higher chance the shelter will euthanize them.
We strongly encourage you to think outside the box on ways you can keep your dog. If you are facing financial difficulty with paying for food or medicine for your dog, please reach out to your local shelter. They may have a program to help. There are also many non-profit organizations that can offer financial assistance with veterinarian bills. Please see the information below. The LA City Shelter has a great resource page: https://www.laanimalservices.com/surrender-rehoming
If you are moving, please consider taking your pet with you. Your pet knows you as his home, regardless of where he lives. Dogs can adapt and adjust to new situations better than you think. They can also adapt to you being gone for hours at a time. In fact, most dogs sleep more than any other activity every day! Please check Yelp, craigslist and other rental websites for pet friendly housing. Please see Renting with your dog for more information.
If your landlord is forcing you out of your home due to your pet, please consult with an attorney as to your rights as a renter. Please reach out to your local government and ask them to create laws to protect your and your pets as family.
If you must rehome your pet, you will need to use social media to get the word out. Start with friends, family and co-workers. Make a flyer with a pciture and description of the dog you can email and post. You can post this at local pet stores and veterinarians. Post on Facebook, Instagram and Nextdoor. You can post on websites such as home-home,org and rescueme.org
Please know that when dogs are brought to the shelter, they are confused, depressed, stress and anxious. Do you really want to put your beloved pet through this? Moreover, high FAS ( fear, anxiety and stress) can lead to behavior or health issues they may not have had before you brought your pet to the shelter. Senior dogs are already more likely to be euthanized simply because of age. If you add medical or behavior issues, the dog will most likely perish at the shelter.
We do not take dogs from the public. There are rescues that do take owner surrenders. You will have to reach out to those rescues or ask on a social media website for assistance.
You will need to reach out to your local animal control about any abuse or neglect. If possible, please take photographs or video to provide evidence to your local animal control office. It is also helpful if more than one neighbor reports the situation.
First, you can ask permission of your neighbor to take and care for the pet. If you go onto their property without permission, it could be considered trespass or theft. Please consult with your local animal control on the laws in your area. Local ordinances vary, but in many areas, after 14 days, you can claim the pet and care for him or her or rehome him or her. Animal control can confiscate the animals to provide them shelter, food and care. However, after a holding period, the animals could be euthanized if no one adopts them. Often, you can put your name as an interested party on an animal brought in as a stray.