This photo was in my Facebook news feed yesterday. Several folks shared it, wanting to help this exceptional dog:
As you can see, there is not much chance someone would not recognize this extra special dog. He was found a couple of days ago in the Read Mountain area. He is currently on a 10-day stray hold at the Regional Center for Animal Control and Protection. He’s not eligible for adoption yet. He was wearing a collar but no tags. He is not microchipped.
There were a lot of comments on Facebook about this dog, some were accurate but a few were mistaken. According to the pound, this dog has never been there before (another three-legger was there before — this is not the same dog) and his owners identity and whereabouts are still unknown.
Clearly, because he’s a handsome boy and a tripod, he has garnered a lot of attention, and that’s great. I hope if his owners claim him they take better care of him and if they do not claim him that he — and all the other strays — end up getting a great home out all the Facebook buzz.
(By the way, if you know who this dog belongs to, let them know he’s at the pound and send them to this blog to read the rest of this entry)
But here is the part of this sad story that I just DO NOT GET, and this is the part of the Facebook chatter that I think was spot-on.
My dogs have gotten out of the yard –accidents happen. I go looking for them immediately and don’t stop until I find them. If I could not find them, I would alert animal control for assistance. My dogs are all microchipped, so when anyone finds them and takes them to any vet or Regional Center for Animal Control and Protection, I will get a call to come get them. And I would come get them immediately.
Also, my dogs are fixed. This dog, and many of the other dogs at RCACP that are found as strays, are not fixed. An intact dog (or cat) will find a way out of the yard (or attract the boys to the yard) because nature compels them to look for love. A spayed or neutered dog is far less likely to go wandering.
When you own a pet, it is your responsibility to get that pet fixed (a few rare exceptions for health reasons, but the vast majority need to be snipped.) It’s the best thing for the pet’s health and safety and the best thing for our community.
When you own a pet, you need to keep his or her shots current, keep your dog license current, put a collar and tags with your phone number on your dog, and get your dog microchipped so he can always be identified.
When you lose your pet — contact the Regional Center for Animal Control and Protection. Call 344-4922 (save it as a contact in your phone) visit the website or go to 1510 Baldwin Avenue to look for your lost pet.
That’s what being a responsible pet parent means: taking proper care of your animal and being responsible for that pet’s, and society’s, protection and safety.
And how some people who have dogs and cats don’t know that, won’t do that, or just don’t care?
I just don’t get it.