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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Stray Dogs In England – What You Should Do If You Find One

Rachel Poli Author
Rachel
Apr 19 ·
Stray Dogs In England

Stray dogs are everywhere. These poor pups might be wandering the streets for many reasons. They might have gotten out of their yard, or they were abandoned. Regardless, they need help. So let’s talk about stray dogs in England and what you should do if you find them.

Local Places To Bring The Stray Dog

England cares about its animals, and they certainly don’t want to see dogs on the streets. So, plenty of charities, pounds, and animal shelters will take in strays.

For example, if you’re able to capture a stray dog and can’t find its owner, you can safely bring the dog to one of the following places.

Stray Dogs In England – How Shelters Work

In England, animal shelters are typically known as “rehoming centers.” However, they work similarly there as they do in other parts, such as the United States.

An animal shelter aims to provide safety and comfort for homeless animals until they can be reunited with their previous owners or adopted by a new family.

Unfortunately, there are countless stray dogs. While there are about 1,000 animal shelters in England, the number of stray dogs vastly outnumbers the shelters. So, there are some rules when it comes to stray dogs.

For instance, if a stray dog is brought to a rehoming center, the center has about seven days to find its owners. This is why it’s essential for dogs to have ID tags on their collars and to be microchipped. It makes it easier for the dogs to be reunited with their families.

However, not all dogs have an ID. So, the shelter will do its best to find the owners. If, after seven days, the owners are not found, then the shelter has the right to rehome the dog by putting them up for adoption.

If the dog is sickly, too old, or the shelter doesn’t have the room to keep the dog, unfortunately, the dog gets euthanized. 

England Laws About Stray Dogs

England has its laws when it comes to stray dogs.

For instance, if someone finds a stray, they must do their best to reunite them with its owner, especially if that person recognizes who the dog belongs.

Otherwise, if the person doesn’t know who the dog belongs to, they must call the Dog Warden. In England and Wales, the police are not responsible for lost dogs.

If you cannot find the dog’s owner, you can adopt the dog yourself. However, this must go through the Dog Warden first. Otherwise, you might end up being accused of theft.

Stray Dogs In England

On the other hand, if an animal shelter gets a stray dog, they are allowed to hold onto the dog for seven days while trying to find the owner.

If the owner is not found after a week, then the shelter has the right to rehome the pup or euthanize the dog. 

Stray Dogs In England – More General Advice

If you’re able to get near the dog, one of the first things you can do is check its collar for an ID tag. This will typically have the phone number of the dog’s owner. You can call them, and they can meet you where you are to pick up their dog.

However, if they don’t have a collar, they may or may not have a home. If the pup is friendly enough and allows you to capture them, bring them to a local vet or shelter.

The vet will be able to scan the dog for a microchip. If they have one, they can locate the owner. Otherwise, if the dog doesn’t have a microchip, then the dog can safely go to the shelter.

Should that be the case, the shelter and yourself can take pictures of the dog and head to social media. Hopefully, after spreading the word a bit, the owners will see their pup at the shelter and return them home.

On the other hand, if you can’t get close enough to the dog to capture them, you can take pictures and post about the doggo on social media right away.

You don’t want to scare the dog further, and you certainly don’t want to hurt it if the dog happens to be aggressive.

Stray Dogs In England

Finally, call the local authorities or animal control. They can come by and pick up the dog safely. Then, they can bring them to an animal shelter where the pup will be safe.

Always Help A Stray Dog If You Can

In the long run, if you happen to see a dog on the street, then try to help it. You don’t want the dog to get hurt, and chances are their owner is worried sick and frantically looking for their furry friend. However, you must follow the England laws while doing your best to help the pup.

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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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