Reston, VA (PRWEB) May 02, 2013
When a lost dog or lost cat is seen, many thoughts may come to mind: “Is it lost? Is it hungry? Is it hurt? Should animal control be called? Does its family miss it?” It’s important to help, so MissingCritters.com recommends the best ways to stay safe while coming to the aid of an animal in need.
1. Initial Approach – Above all, avoid personal harm and remove fear in the stray.
The initial approach must be perceived as non-threatening. EXERCISE CAUTION. If the critter is growling, has the hair that is standing up on its neck, or is bearing its teeth, then slowly turn around and WALK, DON’T RUN away from the animal. Animal Control is a phone call away.
To help remove fear and gain the trust of a found stray:
It’s now up to the stray. If it’s skittish, the chance it will run has been minimized . If it’s friendly, it's been given an opportunity to trust. Remember: Look around! The owner may be close by!
2. Establish Rapport – Show love and food (if available) to entice.
Let the stray approach or move toward the animal slowly. Some strays will be friendly and the distance between you will vanish quickly. But for skittish dogs and kitties, establishing trust may take a little time, patience, and repeated attempts. Patience is critical.
At his point, trust and rapport have been established, but sudden movements or actions that are perceived as aggressive could break that rapport.
3. Determine the Stray’s Future – Find its owner or another home.
The goals at this point are to find the owner or, if that proves impossible, to find a good home for the animal. The primary reason for not taking a stray to a shelter immediately are because return-to-owner rates are very low at shelters, and a high percentage of stray dogs and cats will be euthanized at many shelters.
When an animal that is lost, hungry, or abandoned is seen, have a heart and help out! Following the steps above, provides the best chance of successfully helping the pet find its owner or a new home.
MissingCritters.com is a website founded in 2012 with this vision: What if all lost animals and all found animals could instantly be posted on a public bulletin board with almost no effort and was 100% Free? Our approach is simple, yet elegant: "Use your cell! Click a pic. Save a stray!" This free, easy-to-use website is designed so that the owner of a missing animal is immediately notified when the pet is found and, if taken to a shelter, returned home within the short window of time before the critter is adopted, transferred elsewhere, or put down. Companies interested in advertising to support the site can contact Stuart Harris at SHarris@MissingCritters.com.