Found a Stray Dog

Found a Stray Dog
If you have found a stray dog, don't assume he was abandoned, neglected, or unwanted. It is very easy for the most loved and cared for dogs to go astray. You would want your lost dog returned to you if he were lost, so make sure to return the favor, even if you forge an instant connection with your new friend. If you make every attempt to find the dog's owner and are thinking about adopting him, consider the pros and cons before making your decision.

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Pros
Keeping a stray dog is a difficult situation for anyone who cares about animals. However, if you've tried everything you can to locate the dog's owner, including surrendering him to a shelter, and he has not been claimed, you can choose to adopt him. Pros of adopting a stray pet include:

  • Provide for the safety and health of the dog
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  • You can help out the dog in his time of need
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  • Provide a home for a dog that no longer has one

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Cons
Before bringing the dog home, separate him from your resident pets because he could be sick, aggressive, or fearful of the other animals. Don’t assume anything about a dog’s past; even if there are injuries or scars, a worried owner may be searching everywhere for him. There are some disadvantages of adopting a stray animal, such as:

  • The owner can show up several months or even years after you adopt the dog to reclaim it.
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  • He may have been abused, signs that may not be readily apparent.
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  • He might require costly medical assistance.

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Adopting a stray dog is a noble effort, but be sure consider the impact of adding the dog to your household. Also, and perhaps more importantly, ensure you are prepared to return him to his original home if the owner shows up after you've formed an attachment..

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