A Few Moments To Trouble You Pet Owners With A Trivial Matter

In my backyard right now is this magnificent male malamute, who in a case of exquisite timing on his part appeared alone on the street around noon yesterday in front of my house in Silver Lake at the exact same moment I randomly looked out the front window. Helpless not to help a lost dog, I’ve since posted the find to a local email list, tweeted about it, and gone on walks with the canine, canvassing my immediate neighbor either for signs he might recognize his home, or that someone might recognize him.

No go.

He is beautiful, ridiculously intelligent and wonderfully dispositioned (other than having an understandable urgency to chase any of our cats and mate with our female border collie/shepherd mix), and not very street saavy. And he is lost, which means after an overnight hoping for a miracle in reconnecting the dog to his guardians who I’m sure miss him terribly, my next course of action is to contact Animal Services, wherein if he’s microchipped they might be able to facilitate a reunion, or at least an adoption to a new home… or at worst his destruction. That chokes me up to no end just thinking about.

Which brings me to the entirely trivial matter this post is about: the need for animal caretakers to keep their critters collared and tagged and to keep those collars and tags maintained. So if right now — meaning right this very instant — you have a dog or cat or any other pet with access to the outdoors and a potential for escape and it’s lacking anything that might identify where it belongs, please resolve that. And if you know of or see anyone whose animal is similarly and so riskily unadorned, point it out to them. The heartbreak you save might be yours. And mine.

9 Replies to “A Few Moments To Trouble You Pet Owners With A Trivial Matter”

  1. I found a boxer mix bounding around on my street last weekend. Thankfully she had a collar with numbers. I called the OC numbers listed and eventually go a hold of someone and found her rightful home (the owner had moved, but luckily had multiple numbers listed).

    Chips are great, but don’t help as much as a collar & tags.

  2. You can also get chips read at most vets offices.
    what a beautiful dog!
    Hope you find his owners… or a new home for him.

    1. I thought about that Tammara and opted to turn him over to Animal Services to scan him because if I’d taken him to my local vet and they’d found him chip-less I’d have to do that anyway. Turns out Animal Service’s scan came back negative.

  3. You can take the dog to ANY veterinarian, anybody close to your house, and they’ll scan for the microchip right there in the lobby. It only takes a few moments. PLEASE DO IT!
    Anyway:
    A few years ago I had a streak of dogs coming into our neighborhood… of the 12 dogs I found, I turned eleven of them in to the city shelter, 10 of which were picked up by their owners within 24 hours and 1 was picked up within 48 hours. ***The LA city shelter system is where owners go immediately to find their lost pets.*** When you turn in the dog you will receive a claim # so you can check on the dog constantly via their website and their direct phone line.
    If the dog’s owner is looking for this dog at all, they have been looking via the city shelter system. Please do not delay their reunion longer than necessary. Thank you!
    (P.S. The 12th dog I found was too ill to put into the shelter system, so I had to get it a bunch of vet care.)

    1. Thanks for the info Lorelei. In a decision made specifically to avoid any further delays for potentially reuniting the dog with its owners, I opted not to utilize my local vet for a microchip scan and instead as of Feb. 25 the dog has been at the North Central Animal Shelter (ID No. A1191746) where it was scanned for a chip and none was found. I have emailed all local malamute/husky rescue groups with information about the dog, plus I have posted it to Craigslist and been in touch with people connected with the Silver Lake dog park who are spreading the word.

  4. Thank you, so much, for this post. I have stumbled across many dogs in Los Angeles, and taken many home for brief stretches of time. Some have tags, and typically owners have been unappreciative of some one caring for their wandering dog, and many have no tags. Those sad pups I’m sure, have met a sad fate. This dog is beautiful, and if there were more dog friendly apartments in this city, I might just beg to take him. This is such an ongoing issue in Los Angeles, and it is nice to see some one drawing attention to it.

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