Rachel
Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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Finding Dog Puppies – What Should You Do?

Rachel Poli Author
Rachel
May 3 ·
finding dog puppies

In many parts of the world, stray dogs are everywhere. In some cases, you might find one or two that happen to be lost from their home. You can help them in many ways, but if you come across a lost puppy, here’s what you should do when finding dog puppies.

You’ve Found A Stray Dog – Now What?

If you find a stray dog wandering the streets, you can do several things to help it. For example, you can do the following:

  • Call the number on the dog’s ID tag on its collar (if they have one)
  • Post pictures of the dog on social media to try to find its owner
  • Call the local authorities to catch the dog and bring it to the animal shelter
  • Catch the dog yourself (if it’s friendly) and bring it to the animal shelter

When the dog gets to the animal shelter or a vet, then you can have them scan the dog for a microchip. If they have one, then they’ll be able to find the dog’s rightful owners.

Otherwise, they’ll hold onto the dog while spreading the word that the pup was found if the owners step up. On the other hand, if no one claims the dog within a week, the animal shelter can put the doggo up for adoption.

What If You’ve Found A Stray Puppy?

It’s never good to find a stray dog on the streets. However, it’s sadder when you come across a puppy.

Sometimes, if you find a stray puppy, the mother and some of its siblings might not be too far behind. Unfortunately, though, it’s possible that the mother was killed or the puppy wandered too far and got lost.

So, let’s talk about some things you can do if you find a stray puppy.

Observe The Puppy From Afar

Depending on the puppy’s age, you won’t want to get too close right away. For example, if it looks like it’s a couple of months old (or at least eight weeks), you’ll want to make sure that it’s alone.

You don’t want to scare the puppy or its mother and siblings if they’re not too far behind. However, once you establish how many puppies there are or know that the puppy is alone, you can help it out.

To not scare the puppy or get too close, you can leave out food and water to slowly build its trust. They might even bring their siblings and mother out to eat with them.

On the other hand, if the puppy looks like a newborn or is less than eight weeks old (meaning it shouldn’t be separated from its mother yet), you can call the local authorities to help you catch the dog.

However, since it’s a puppy, it probably won’t know what to do if you approach it. If it’s not wearing a collar or anything, you can catch the puppy and bring it to your local animal shelter or vet. They can scan the dog for a microchip.

If You Bring The Puppy Home

You can decide to bring the puppy home if you can care for it. For example, if you find the puppy when the animal shelter and the vet are closed, you might have to bring it home if you don’t think it’ll last the night on its own. 

Upon bringing the pup home, be sure to quarantine it in one room of the house. If you have other pets in your house, you don’t want to make them sick if the puppy is carrying something. Also, you don’t want to overwhelm your pets or the puppy.

You can prove the puppy with goat’s milk if they’re young enough and shouldn’t be separated from their mother yet. If they’re a bit older, you can provide puppy kibble.

If you don’t have puppy food at home and the pet stores are closed, you can continue to feed it goat’s milk or give it soft foods in moderation. For example, you can give it small bites of plain chicken or white rice.

Then, you can bring the puppy to the vet the next day. Get them a thorough examination to ensure they’re healthy.

Also, scan them for a microchip to ensure the puppy doesn’t already have a home.

What To Do When The Puppy Is Off The Streets

Whether you decide to keep the puppy as part of your family or bring them to an animal shelter, go back to the spot you found them.

You can be sure that the puppy is safe, but check back periodically to ensure they had no siblings or a mother loitering about. Then, if you find more puppies, you can do what you did to help the first puppy. 

Help Stray Puppies When You Can

Like finding adult dogs, you can help stray puppies by taking them in and providing them food, shelter, and comfort. They’ll most likely be scared, but you can treat them with some TLC to show them that they’re safe. They’ll find a new home soon enough.

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Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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