If you ever come across an animal that is loose and away from its home, there are several ways in which you can help her or him get back to the comfort and safety of their home and family, but there are some things to look for and consider to make sure they get back quickly and safely:
First, check to see whether the animal has a collar with Identity tags attached. This should include the animal’s name and home address, often with a telephone number for the owner. They may also have accompanying medical notes, in case of emergency. If you find an animal with these tags, you should notify the owner as soon as possible with where you are, where you found the animal, and in what condition you found them. Giving as much detail to the owner as you can will help assure them that you are taking care of the animal until you can return her or him to the owner, as well as give them an idea of how far they made it from home before they were found and cared for.
Many animals are now microchipped, which is a small, rice-sized locating devise that is implanted just under their skin, which allows them to be found and verified that they are the right pet. There are many services that pets can be registered with through their microchip, and these can help ensure their safe return home by tracking them and contacting the owner to give them the best chance to make it back home safely. Microchips can be read and verified through any veterinary office, shelter, or humane society, as each chip has its own, individual registration number and contact information for the animal and its owner universally on file.