First, we would like to thank you.
If you have found a lost dog and are reading this, you are already taking the first (and most important) steps for that dog by researching on how to best proceed.
First, consider the safety of the dog, yourself, and of others. A frightened and possibly sick or injured dog may behave unpredictably. A sudden move may spook him, causing him to bolt into
traffic or even attack you. If the dog looks or acts threatening in any way, or if for any reason you feel uneasy about the situation, stay away from him or her and notify local animal control
To report an animal problem, strays, or an animal inflicted injury call:
(918) 596-8000 | Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
If the dog appears approachable, remember to use caution and common sense. If you are able
to get close enough to capture him or her, you still stand the risk of being bitten. Even a small dog can inflict a painful wound, and if a dog whose vaccination status is unknown bites you, you will
be advised to undergo expensive and painful preventative treatment for rabies.
When approaching the dog, speak calmly and reassuringly to him. Make sure he can see you at all times as you approach, and if you feel safe doing so, you might entice him to come to you by offering
food. Again, ALWAYS USE YOUR BEST JUDGMENT.
If you decide to take the dog home, we still recommend swinging by the shelter first. If the dog is collarless or tagless, the shelter can scan her for an embedded microchip with the owners’ contact
information and you can ask there if anyone has reported the dog lost. Most shelters will also keep a picture of the dog and your contact info in the event you take her home, in case the owners turn
up looking for their pet.
Don’t assume that just because you found the dog wandering the streets that it was abandoned or unwanted.
THINK LOST, NOT STRAY
You know you would want whoever found your dog to make every effort to find you.
-Check the dog for ID tags or tattoos. Tattoos are often found inside the ear or on the inner legs.
-Take the dog to a vet's office and have it scanned for a microchip. Microchips are tiny computer chips containing identification information that are injected under the skin of pets to provide
permanent, positive identification. Most vets and animal shelters are equipped with the readers needed to detect and interpret microchips and there is never a charge to have this done. The entire
process takes less than 5 minutes.
-Check the "lost & found" ads on Craigslist, and place a "found dog" ad yourself. Remember to continue checking the "lost" ads periodically. Even if the description given doesn't perfectly fit
the dog you've found, call anyway. You'd be surprised how many pet owners, shelter workers, and individuals who find lost pets and place "found" dog ads get the breed wrong!
-Post a giant FOUND DOG poster near the exact spot where you found the dog and a couple more at major intersections in that area. Use florescent posters that are 28" X 22" in size (found at most
office supply or drug stores). Using a wide black marker (do not use water soluble markers), write five or six words that convey your message, then put your phone number in smaller writing at the
bottom. For example, if you find a white pit bull puppy, you could write: "FOUND TINY WHITE PUPPY" and your phone number. That's it. Don't be too descriptive. If someone calls to claim the dog you
found make THEM tell YOU what their missing dog looks like.
When posting a "found dog" ad on Craigslist.....
*DO NOT POST A PICTURE. Include only the main color and sex of the dog.
*Do not let just anyone claim that the dog you found is his or hers.
*Do not answer any questions (from the caller) pertaining to the description of the dog.
*Do not ask leading questions like "Does your pit bull have a kink in its tail?" but instead ask open-ended questions such as, "Describe your dog's tail" or "Is there something unique about your
*Make the caller give you a full description of the lost pet.
*Most people will have a picture of their pet on their phone. Require them to email/text you pictures so you can verify it is their dog before meeting them.
*Never agree to deliver the dog to the caller unless you have first told a friend or family member where you are going and take someone along with you.
One of the leading reasons why lost dogs are not reunited with their families is that the animal shelter is the first (and primary) location where dog
owners search for their lost dogs but it is typically the last location where found dogs are taken (due to the fear that the dog could end up being
The City of Tulsa Animal Welfare (the Tulsa shelter) has an impressive 74% adoption success
rate. 74% of animals taken ino that shelter will leave with their tails wagging.
While it's never fun taking an
animal to the shelter, it's better than leaving them in the extreme Oklahoma weather to fend for themselves and starve.
To find further information on
Tulsa Animal Welfare, including location, hours, and contact details, please follow the link
If all efforts are exhausted and
you are unable to find the dog's original owners, please follow the steps to re-home a dog on our Surrendering a Dog tab.
**This is advice and mere suggestions, all of which are based solely on our personal experiences. Epic's Pit Bull Rescue has no liability and takes no responsibility for any consequential incidents that might occur when someone takes it upon themselves to try to save a dog.