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Street Dogs In America – The Big Picture

Rachel Poli Author
Rachel
May 4 ·
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Street dogs in America are bigger than we think. Luckily, America has resources, animal shelters, and resume organizations to help these dogs. So, where do street dogs hide, and how can you help? First, let’s talk about the big picture of street dogs in America.

What Are Street Dogs And Where Are They?

Street dogs are, as the name suggests. They’re dogs that live on the streets, also known as stray dogs. These pups are often on the streets because they got lost or were abandoned by their family.

On the other hand, some dogs are born on the streets.

There are many street dogs in America, but where can you typically find them? Of course, you can find them anyway, but the following places have the highest rate of stray dogs. 

  • New Mexico
  • Idaho
  • Colorado
  • Montana
  • Nevada

How Many Street Dogs Are In America?

Unfortunately, there are about 80 million street animals in America. Of that number, about half are dogs while the other half are cats.

A small margin of these dogs will end up in shelters or rescues. Some will get reunited with their owners, while others will get adopted by a new family. However, there are some dogs that, unfortunately, get euthanized. 

How Do Dogs Become Street Dogs?

One reason is that the dog might have already been on the street. Maybe a stray had a litter of puppies, so the puppies were born without a home.

Another reason dogs become street dogs is that they wander too far from their home and get lost.

In some cases, they wander too far, and they’re challenging to find by their owners or family and friends.

Sometimes, a lost pet is never found and lives on the streets. Sadly enough, some owners will abandon their dogs on the streets.

If you can no longer care for your animal, see if a family member or friend can take them in. Or bring them to the animal shelter and surrender them.

For example, some dog owners might have to give up their pets for several reasons, such as:

  • Financial obligations (the owner lost their job, have health issues with many medical bills, etc.)
  • The dog becomes ill, and the owner can’t care or afford the medical care
  • The owner is moving and can’t bring the dog with them (for example, they have to downgrade to an apartment that doesn’t allow animals)

If this ever happens, surrendering your dog is the best option. It’s sad to think about, but your pup will get adopted by someone who will love them and be able to care for them well. 

What Can You Do To Help Street Dogs In America?

If you see a street dog, you’ll want to do your best to help it. But, you don’t want to scare the dog, and if it’s unwell, you don’t want to get hurt or bitten. So, observe the dog from afar.

For instance, does the dog look too skinny? Do they look sickly? Do they have an aggressive or nervous demeanor?

Use your best judgment on whether you can get close to the dog or not.

If You Can Get Close To The Dog

If you can get near the dog, check for an ID tag on its collar (if it has one). Then, call the number on the tag and tell the owners that you’ve found their dog. Together, you can decide when and how the owner can come to get their dog. 

You can also carefully capture the dog, whether they have an ID tag or collar. Then, if you feel safer, you can call the local authorities to get the dog.

However, if you can get the dog into your car, you can bring them to the nearest animal shelter or vet.

They can scan the dog for a microchip if they have one. If they do, then they can call the dog’s owners.

Otherwise, you can leave the pup at the shelter and go online to let people know a dog was found and is safe at the shelter.

If You Can’t Get Close To The Dog

On the other hand, if you can’t get near the dog, the best thing to do is one of two things.

If the dog looks as though it’s in good health and is possibly wearing a collar but won’t let you near, you can try to take pictures of it from afar.

Then, you can go on social media or lost pet websites and post about it. For example, say where and when you found the dog and mention that you couldn’t get close.

Hopefully, someone who knows the dog will see it and respond. Also, the dog might already be on those websites. So, you can reply and say when and where you spotted the pup.

Alternatively, call your local authorities or the nearest animal shelter or animal control. Someone can come to pick up the dog and bring it to an animal shelter.

Then, you can go on online and mention that the dog is safe and sound. If the owners see it, they can go to the shelter to pick up their pup.

Street Dogs In America Need Help

There are many street dogs in America, and they’re strays for many different reasons. So, if you see one, do your best to help it. Not only will you save an animal, but you’ll keep the streets safer.

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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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