You're driving your car when you see a dog on the side of the road.

With a sinking feeling, you realize he's alone.

 

What should you do?

After all, what if your own pet were standing there?

 

  • Don't cause a traffic accident.  You can't help an animal if you become injured in the process. Look in your rear-view mirror before braking, turn on your signal, pull your car completely off the road, turn off the ignition, set the parking brake, and put on the hazard lights. If you have emergency flares, prepare to use them.

 

  • Consider the safety of the animal. A strange, frightened, and possibly sick or injured animal can behave unpredictably. A sudden move on your part, even opening your car door, can spook her and cause her to bolt—possibly right onto the highway. If the animal looks or acts threatening, or, if for any reason, you feel uneasy about the situation, stay in your car.If possible, restrain the animal. Create a barrier or use a carrier, leash, piece of cloth, or length of rope to keep the animal from leaving the area. Signal approaching vehicles to slow down if you cannot confine the animal, or divert traffic around him if he appears to be injured and is still on the roadway.

 

  • Use caution when approaching the animal. Should you succeed in getting close enough to capture him, you stand a good chance of being scratched or bitten.When moving toward the animal, speak calmly to reassure her. Make sure she can see you at all times as you approach, and perhaps entice her to come to you by offering a strong-smelling food such as canned tuna or dried liver.

 

  • If you are certain you can call someone who will come to get the animal very soon, try to lure an animal into your car with food, close the door, and wait for help. In most cases it isn't a good idea to attempt to drive somewhere with a strange dog unrestrained in your car; he may become frantic or aggressive once you're in the car with him. Cats may do the same, as well as lodge themselves under the car seat, and it can be dangerous trying to extracting them.

 

  • If you're not able to safely restrain the animal, call the local animal control agency (in rural areas, call the police or sheriff). Do so whether or not the animal is injured, and whether or not she is wearing an identification tag. Leave your phone number with the dispatcher, and try to get an estimate of how long it may take someone to respond. If possible, stay on the scene to keep an eye on the dog or cat until help arrives. Make sure you report to authorities precisely where the animal is by using road names, mile markers or landmarks.

 

  • If you are able to transport the animal, take her to the nearest animal shelter. If you plan to keep the animal in the event no owner is found, notify animal control that you have the animal or that you have taken her to a veterinary hospital for treatment. You can usually place a free "found" ad in your local newspaper. Keep any identification, such as collar or tags, should any question arise later.

 

  • If you decide to try to find the owner yourself, be sure to contact your local animal shelter or animal control office first. This will give you an opportunity to let the appropriate agency know that you have the animal and to provide a description to them, in case the owner contacts them. Also, have the animal scanned for a microchip at your local veterinarian or shelter; this quick ID check could help you find the owner right away.

 

  • Before bringing the animal home, make sure you can keep your resident animals separate; the found animal could be sick, fearful, or aggressive with other animals. Once you have him safely at your home, take pictures and create a “found pet” flyer to post around the area in which the animal was found. You can also post notices at veterinary hospitals and on web sites such as petfinder.com.If you’ve tried to find the owner without success, but are unable to keep the animal long-term, you can try to re-home the animal yourself.

 

  • If you know in your heart that you're a rescuer, equip yourself to do the job?            Here are some things to have in your car at all times:

 

Phone numbers of local animal control, a shelter or police

24-hour emergency veterinary clinic information

Cat carrier or cardboard box

Collars and strong leashes for dogs

Heavy blanket; water bowls and water

Strong-smelling foods, such as canned tuna or dried liver

An animal first-aid kit.

 

** The Humane Society of the United States

 

Final word ...  Although we do our best to keep our pets safe and secure at home. Unfortunately, pets can still manage to break loose from the safety of their home or yard. Having a pet who runs away is a horrible feeling.  Let's do all we can to get these lost babies home to thier families without judgement.  It can happen to the best of us.

... Lia Herlihy

Animal Control / Dog Wardens

 

Beacon Dog Control –

1 Municipal Plaza, Beacon NY 12508

845-838-5000

 

Bedford Dog Control – Bedford Police Dept. –

307 Bedford Road, Bedford Hills NY 10507

914-666-4855

 

Beekman Dog Control –

4 Main Street, Poughquag NY 12570

845-724-5300 ext 212

 

Carmel Dog Control – Carmel Police Dept. -

60 McAlpin Avenue, Mahopac NY 10541

845-628-1300

 

Connecticut State Department of Agriculture –

Animal Control Divison –

165 Capitol Avenue, Hartford CT 06106

860-713-2596

 

Cortlandt Animal Control –

1 Heady Street, Cortlandt Manor NY 10567

914-734-1010

 

Danbury Animal Control –

Plumtrees Road, Danbury CT 06910

203-748-6456

 

Dover Dog Control –

126 East Duncan Hill Road, Dover Plains NY 12522

845-656-2361

 

Dutchess County SPCA – (Hyde Park & Pleasant Valley)

636 Violet Avenue, Hyde Park NY 12538

845-452-7722

 

East Fishkill Animal Control –

2468 Route 52, Hopewell Junction NY 12533

845-226-5400

 

Fishkill Animal Control – Fishkill Police Dept

845-831-1110

 

Kent Dog Control –

24 Sybil’s Crossing, Kent Lakes NY 10512

845-200-9756

 

LaGrange Dog Control –

120 Stringham Road, Lagrangeville NY 12540

845-221-628

 

2Lewisboro Dog Control –

11 Main Street, South Salem NY 10590

914-760-7811

 

North Salem Dog Control –

250 June Road, North Salem 10560

914-879-4246

 

Patterson Dog Control –

1142 Route 311, Patterson NY 12563

845-878-6500

 

Pawling Dog Control –

160 Charles Colman Boulevard, Pawling NY 12564

845-656-5815

 

Peekskill Animal Control – Peekskill Police Dept. –

2 Nelson Avenue, Peekskill NY 10566

914-862-1430

 

Philipstown Dog Control –

238 Main Street, Cold Spring NY 10516

845-265-4732

 

Poughkeepsie City Animal Control –

62 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie NY 12601

845-451-4139

 

Pound Ridge Dog Control – Pound Ridge Police Dept. –

177 Westchester Ave, Pound Ridge NY 10576

914-764-4206

 

Putnam Valley Dog Control -

265 Oscawana Lake Road, Putnam Valley NY 10579

845-526-3293

 

Somers Dog Control -

335 Route 202, Somers NY 10589

914-232-0963

 

Southeast Dog Control –

1360 Route 22, Brewster NY 10509

845-279-2196

 

Union Vale Dog Control –

Pleasant Ridge Road, Beekman NY 12570

845-249-7119

 

 

 

 

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