Let’s imagine that you have found a lost pet that is friendly enough for you to pick up and rescue. It has no collar so, obviously, it has no visible identification. The next thing to do is take it to be scanned and hopefully discover that it has a microchip and that it’s pet, parent and vet information is current. But where will that be done?
* a veterinary clinic – during official office hours.
* Banfield Animal Hospital – located inside all PetSmart stores, which has longer hours of operation than your normal veterinary clinic.
* an emergency animal clinic – will be open 7 days a week, 365 days a year, during the hours your normal veterinary clinic is not.
* your local privately-run animal rescue organization or municipal shelter (also known as a pound).
Please beware that once you surrender a lost pet to the municipal shelter, the animal’s future will be uncertain. The pound is supposed to comply with a mandatory hold for a certain number of days in order to give the animal’s owner time to claim it. If it is not claimed within that time period, it may be put up for adoption.
PET PEEVE – However, there are reports every single day, of pounds across the country that do not put a pet’s welfare first. They ignore these laws and have even destroyed the animal within hours of it being dropped off.
PEP TALK – Lesson to be learned: be responsible and do everything in your power to keep your pet(s) safe…not some time, not most of the time, but ALL of the time.
Together, let’s keep our precious pets healthy, happy and safe!