Here is what petfinder autoposts in lost pet threads on FB. Hope that helps:
Take him/her to the nearest vet and ask them to scan for a chip, they
will do it for free and a lot of pets have them now. You can also take
him/her to any of the following places if it’s more convenient or after
hours. PetSmart (Archer rd), UF Vet School (on the 16th blvd/behind
VA), Affiliated Pet Emergency (near Tower rd/University ave). On Sunday’s these are also open and will scan for you: The Humane Society (6th street),
Gainesville Animal Hospital (between 4p and 6p on 6th street).
* Since it is a day/time our Animal Services Dept is closed you can take them to Affiliated
Pet Emergency 352.373.4444 on Tower rd and University. They will keep them until Animal Services is open or the owner can pick them up from their if
we find them.
It is REQUIRED BY LAW that you report having found him/her to Alachua
County Animal Services at: 352-264-6870 option 4. You don't necessarily
have to turn them over to ACAS but it is illegal to re home or keep a
stray without "actively" looking for the owner (have them scanned, post
fliers, post ads, call vets. etc...) for no less than 30 days.
Understand that without doing these things there is
no way for an owner to find you and the dog may not have been lost in
the same area you found them. I personally recommend that you do not
keep a pet longer than 24 hours before taking them to ACAS (or have them
picked up) because that is the first place owners
look. The longer you keep them, the less chance they have of finding
them. They are open Tuesday thru Saturday from 9:30 to 5:30 and are
located at: 3400 NE 53rd Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32609
NOTE: ACAS is not a NO KILL shelter, but despite the rumors and what other county shelters are like their euth
rates are very low because we have an abundance of rescues and programs
to place pets. I (Gainesville Pet Finder) am not affiliated with them
so I have no reason to support them other than my personal knowledge of
the work they do.
Post an ad on Craigslist under COMMUNITY then LOST and FOUND as well as
under COMMUNITY then PETS. I would be cautious about posting an actual
pic here and would be very careful to leave out specific details. Also
if you post your phone number spell some of it out and split it up so it
is not picked up by electronic scams that grab numbers (i.e.
352-494-4933 should be something like 352 four nine
four 49 33).
* Post fliers in the area where you found them using my "4L" rule:
* LARGE (as large as possible)
* LOUD (as bright as possible)
* LESS (minimal detail)
* LEGIBLE (if they can't read it, it's useless)
NOTE: An effective flier needs to be able to be seen/read from 25 feet away
Call all of the vets in the area and let them know you have found them
and see if they have any reports of missing pets matching that
With a window marker (you can get these from CVS, Walgreens, or Office
Supply Store) or shoe polish write the info on your vehicle.
If you found the pet in your neighborhood/complex:
Check with your postal carrier and garbage pick-up people, they are
familiar with the surrounding area and are a great resource.
* Apartment complex, check with the manger to see if they have been reported missing.
* Check to see if there is an email group, facebook page, or any type of mass notification
know this is a long list and don’t have to do all of this, it's just
some ideas of things you can do. You have already done more than most
people so “THANK YOU”.
Once a potential owner has been located but before you arrange to meet:
of the time, false claims are not an issue and I don't expect you to
run them through a lie detector but please do take some precautions
to ensure the person you to who you are giving the pet is the actual
owner. This can be accomplished by asking them the pets name (see if
the pet responds), pictures, vet records or vets name to call
and verify, personality traits, scars, tattoos, markings, favorite word, tricks, etc...
you feel comfortable that you have the right owner let them know that
at the time of the exchange you are going to want a driver’s license
(or ID), car tag number, and to take a picture of them when they
arrive. This alone will most likely weed out any person that has bad
Turning the pet over:
should know immediately (with dogs, cats not so much) by the pets
reaction that you have a match. If the pet seems unfamiliar with the
person or acts timid, you might want to tell them that you are
uncomfortable with the exchange and would rather involve a third party.
You can then schedule a time to meet them at a local Vet or ACAS, and
or give the pet over to the Vet or ACAS to make the
exchange. You would need to check with the Vet before doing this but
most would be happy to as long as you are willing to take responsibility
of the pet if the owner does not show.
they have been reunited, please make sure to go back and delete ads,
pull down fliers and let people who you contacted know the pet
has been found.
Your efforts are very much appreciated by us, the animal and their human.