If you’ve ever seen a dog all alone without an owner, you know the feeling creeping into your chest. It is a feeling of wanting to help, but not only can you protect the dog, but you can also help reunite him with his owner.
My family was driving home from vacation and while driving on Route 26 outside the Vestal Center, we saw a dog walking in the middle of the street. We stopped, turned on our warning lights and indicated that the traffic should stop so we could get the cute girl from the middle of the road to safety.
My husband put the dog in the front seat of our car with me while walking door to door to ring the doorbell and see if the dog belonged to anyone nearby. She didn’t.
It was a hot day and the poor bitch was panting so we knew we had to cool her down. We stopped at the nearest store and bought her a collar (she didn’t have one) and a leash (so we could take her for a walk), some food, and a few toys.
When we got the dog home, we gave her food and water, a bath and lots of petting. We knew she was missing someone somewhere, and while my son and I loved her, my husband went to work trying to find out who her owner was.
Many people get the wrong impression that you can keep a dog without a collar or tags without further questions. This is definitely not the case! In fact, most states have a law that requires people to officially report a dog that is found. Using some of the methods listed below, we were able to reunite the bitch with her owner just hours after finding her.
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