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Please be careful with "FOUND" ads

Cactus Flower
August 16th, 2004, 12:22 PM
I've had to put a few "found" ads in the paper in my day. I was always taking in strays, trying to keep them from being picked up by Animal Control and put in the shelter.

"Found" ads are free in our newspaper (not that having to pay would have stopped me), and I would place an ad- as well as calling all of the vets and shelters to let them know I had this stray in case the owners came by.

BUT you would not believe the amount of calls I got by people pretending to be the owner of the dog! ESPECIALLY those that were described in the ad as pit bull/pitbullX.

Please keep one point of identification to yourself, so you don't end up giving the dog away to someone other than their actual owner. Some dogs are so friendly, they'll run up to anyone excitedly and it's hard to tell just by looking whether this is recognition of their owner or just their friendly nature.

If the dog was wearing a purple collar- do not mention the collar in the ad OR TO THE SHELTER OR ANYONE. If the person calling you can't tell you what color the dog's collar is, they might not be the owner. I've heard the ladies at our shelter telling people who were looking for their lost dog "Well I had someone call saying they found a young female pom with a yellow collar...found in the area of....". Anyone standing there who wants a pom (for backyard breeding, whatever) can now identify that dog and pretend to be its owner. As soon as they hear "No, that couldn't be mine, mine was very old".....they can call and pretend to be the owner of the dog and give a description of her and where she was "lost".

Take a good look at the dog. Maybe it has a white tuft of fur behind each foot, a scar on its forehead......whatever. Find something unique to this dog that only the owner would be able to tell you. Sometimes other people take in the stray before you- put a collar on it- and then it runs away again, looking for its original owner, so collars aren't always perfectly reliable. Markings on the dog itself are better to go by, but still keep the color of the collar to yourself- it's a start- and have something having to do with the markings/scars/etc for backup.

"Found" ads are perfect for someone looking to adopt but can't afford it, for backyard breeders, dog-fighters, people with sick intentions.

When someone finds a dog, they are usually quick to put ALL descriptive information on "found" posters, in with the shelter, etc: "FOUND- male pitbull, brindle, not neutered, wearing a blue collar with no tags, scar on forehead, very friendly! {phone number and photo of the dog}".

PLEASE do not do this. At least keep one bit of info to yourself, for the sake of that dog (or cat).

Lucky Rescue
August 16th, 2004, 01:32 PM
Thank you CF!! I mentioned this to the man who posted the two purebred INTACT male dogs he found, with pic included.

I should have thought of this before - thanks for bringing it up here!:)

August 16th, 2004, 01:42 PM
Really great post!!!

One phrase I see sometimes in the paper that I really like is similar to this:

FOUND: Small female dog. Call to identify.

Cactus Flower
August 16th, 2004, 11:06 PM
You're welcome Lucky- wish I would have thought of this sooner.

And yes, GlassLass- "Call to identify" is perfect!!!!

August 16th, 2004, 11:22 PM
Very very good post!!!!



Cactus Flower
August 16th, 2004, 11:39 PM
I'm sorry, did you say something? :D ;)


Thanks, Ms. Luba. :)