You're driving in your car or are out for a walk when you see a dog on wandering. With a sinking feeling, you realize that they are alone. What should you do? You have a legal right to take it in and provide temporary care or do nothing.
If you decide to help, you can either hold on to them while you look around the community for the dog’s owner or you can surrender it to animal control. Know that if the dog ends up at a animal shelter, there is a considerable risk that it will be put to sleep after a short period of time.
If you decide to try to find the family yourself we highly recommend filling out a found dog report with Lost Dogs Minnesota. Once you complete the form, we’ll post the provided information to our Facebook page for all of our fans to see. It is our hope that by sharing the information about the dog you found with our community, our fans will help spread the word, and the dog’s family can be found even faster! We offer this service absolutely free so you have nothing to lose.
Click here to fill out a found dog report
In addition to filling out a Found Dog Report with Lost Dog Minnesota, be sure to contact your local animal shelter or animal control office first. This will give you an opportunity to let the appropriate agency know that you have the dog and to provide a description to them, in case the family contacts them. Also, have the dog scanned for a microchip at your local veterinarian; this quick ID check is a free service and could help you find the owners right away.
Notice of Privacy
Please be informed that by filing a found dog report with Lost Dogs Minnesota, you are giving your consent to make certain private information available for public viewing. This would include photo, name, phone number and/or email address. Please be advised that Lost Dogs Minnesota is requesting this information in order to help facilitate the recovery of your found dog by communicating your contact information to our Facebook page or website.
Note: Any advice or suggestion made by Lost Dogs Minnesota is not paid-for professional advice and should be taken at owner's discretion.