Our Pet Column

Published weekly and read widely in The Watch, Telluride Daily Planet and Telluride Inside…and Out as well as this website the Pet Column offers insights from the Second Chance’s pet of the week on a variety of topics.

Stray or Stolen?

Stray or Stolen?

The Second Chance Humane Society Pet Column has offered a lot of information over the years on how to best assure that your pet is returned to you if lost or wandering but we are experiencing that sometimes those who “find” a stray animal aren’t always doing the best thing to help get the animal back home. Recently in this area, in two separate occasions, a “found” animal has ended up on the other side of the state causing undue stress for the pet and greater obstacles for getting the pet safely home.

As has been repeated in this pet column in the past – if you want to stack the odds for your pet to get back to you if ever lost - make sure your pet has a microchip as well as a secure form of identification at all times. The pets that come into the shelter with a microchip are the ones that usually go home that same day – whereas others never do. But this column is about what the “finder” should be doing.

For those who find a stray animal wandering about – try to make an effort at locating its parent before whisking it away. If the pet is found in a neighborhood approach some of the neighbors and ask them if they recognize the pet. If this is not feasible – contact the nearest animal shelter and drop the pet there. Do not put the pet in your vehicle and continue on to your intended destination.

Bringing a pet to a different town or state region from where it was found severely diminishes the chance of the pet’s parent being able to locate it. Parents looking for their pets call local shelters, veterinarian offices and law enforcement/animal control. Someone who cannot find their dog in Ridgway is very unlikely to call Denver looking for it. In fact, transporting an unknown pet that far from the point of origin it is found is considered to be stealing the pet. So the lesson of today’s Pet Column: Don’t be a pet thief – help stray animals find their way home!

My name is Shiloh, as you can see from my photo I am THE most adorable little purr ball that you will ever meet – and I can be yours for the low price of a loving forever home and a lifetime supply of companionship. And I come furnished with a microchip!.

Call the Second Chance Helpline at 626-2273 to report a lost pet, learn about adopting a homeless pet, or about the SCHS Spay/Neuter Financial Assistance, Volunteer & Foster Care, or other Programs. Visit our shelter pets online: www.adoptmountainpets.org. Direct Pet Column questions to: kelly@adoptmountainpets.org. Photo by Real Life Photographs.

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