Found a dog


I found a dog, how do I help it?found

In Houston it can be a common occurrence to come across a stray or homeless dog in need. Often times these dogs can be Pit Bull type dogs or Pit Bull type mixes. The Houston metropolitan area has an enormous pet overpopulation problem and despite the countless efforts of the dozens of rescue organizations around the city, it’s a problem that likely won’t be fixed anytime soon.

As a foster based rescue we typically aren’t able to take in a dog directly off the street that is homeless or a stray. All of the dogs in our program live in homes with families, other dogs, cats, and sometimes children. For this reason, we have to do a thorough and complete evaluation of every dog that’s taken into our rescue. We must be able to determine the dog’s temperament, health issues, and situation prior to committing the dog into our program to ensure the dog is a good candidate for our program and a good fit for the available foster home.

You can still help make a difference that dog’s life though!

Here are a few things you should always do whenever you find a stray dog you’re trying to help
  • Check for ID tags
  • Check for Rabies tags. Often times the rabies will have a number and the clinic that gave the rabies vaccination. You can call that clinic, give them the rabies tag number, and they can contact the dog’s owner.
  • Check for microchip. Any veterinary clinic will be able to scan for this chip.
  • If possible, hold onto the dog for a few days. The owners may not realize the dog is out.
  • Post “FOUND DOG” flyers up in your neighborhood. Chances are the owner or someone that knows the dog will see them.
  • Share a picture of the dog on Social Media. Often time’s neighborhoods have community groups on Facebook.
  • If no owner is found and the dog cannot stay there are only a few shelters in the Houston area that will adopt out Pit Bull type dogs to the public. We recommend taking the dog to one of these shelters where they will at least have the opportunity to be made adoptable to the public.
    • Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care (BARC)
      • 3200 Carr St, Houston, TX 77026
      • houstontx.gov/barc/BARC-Home-Page
    • Montgomery County Animal Shelter (MCAS)
      • 8535 TX-242, Conroe, TX 77385
      • mcaspets.org