Cheri Keller, Dilworth, Published October 05 2012
Letter: Don’t turn your back on lost, frightened animalsThursday, Sept. 13’s “Thank you for finding lost dog” letter made my day. As an avid dog lover and someone who’s had a dog who got lost, I know the fear, sadness and stress that comes when a beloved pet goes missing.
Lost pets are helpless, frightened, lonely and hungry. They need human help to be reunited with their beloved families. If you see an animal that appears to be lost, help them if at all possible. Try to get them in your yard or garage (weather permitting) or even your home, if the animal appears friendly.
Look for tags on the collar, check The Forum “lost” section, ask neighbors if they know who the animal belongs to, call area shelters, vets and your local police department to see if an animal matching that description has been reported missing. The Forum runs “found” ads for free.
If you aren’t comfortable having the animal at your home, then call the animal pound or police so that it can at least be picked up and brought to the safety of a shelter. And if you’ve lost your pet, call the police department and pound immediately and contact local radio stations because some will air information on lost pets. Contact neighbors and friends for help in looking for your pet, run an ad in the “lost” section of The Forum and put up fliers around town, with your pet’s picture if possible, as soon as you can.
But as a precaution, all pets need strong collars with ID tags and, if possible, they should be microchipped. Even the most loving and careful pet owners can lose a pet. It doesn’t mean they are careless and neglectful; no one could love their dogs more than my family does.
So please, for the love of the animals and kindness for their owners, don’t turn your back when a lost animal comes your way. Reach out and help bring a happy ending.