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I've Found a Pet - What Should I do?

Updated: Oct 8, 2021

Weโ€™ve all seen dogs running across the road or had cats turn up unannounced on our doorstep. ๐Ÿ™€ Getting them home to their owner is a rewarding experience and always something truly appreciated by a family. ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆBut what is the best thing to do once youโ€™ve found an animal? ๐Ÿˆ๐Ÿฉ๐Ÿฆœ


If youโ€™ve found a dog, cat or other animal that you think is stray the first thing to do is assess the situation ๐Ÿค” and your surroundings to make sure it is safe to collect the animal. ๐Ÿšจ If the animal is injured ๐Ÿค• the best thing to do is take them to the RSPCA or call the RSPCA if you cannot move the animal safely. Legally, we cannot provide treatment beyond basic pain relief without an owners consent ๐Ÿค’ and we want to ensure injured animals are receiving treatment when they need it most. ๐Ÿ™Œ


If you have safely collected the animal and it is not injured; check whether the animal ๐Ÿพ has a collar or tag. If there is a tag present - use this to contact the owner. ๐Ÿ“ž If there is no collar or tag present then itโ€™s best to scan for a microchip! Most veterinary practices will be happy to scan a stray for a chip and get in contact with their owner. ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿฑ

As much as weโ€™d love to; we cannot always take stray animals on board due to size constraints, amounts of surgical patients โœ‚๏ธand our high hospital ๐Ÿฅ patient caseload. If we cannot get in touch with an owner or the animal does not have a microchip the best place to take them is the RSPCA premises at Wacol or contact the Ipswich City Council. ๐Ÿ‘


If you can hold onto the animal until an owner is found the best thing to do is start posting them on social media ๐Ÿ“ฑ and register them found with the RSPCA. Usually, owners who are searching for their animal will check social media first for posts. You can also ring local veterinary clinics and leave details of the found animal with them. ๐ŸŒŸ


RSPCA Wacol - 07 3426 9999 or 1300 264 625 Ipswich City Council - 07 3810 6666



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