Stray dogs in the Lake Charles area are a huge problem, especially if you are the dog-loving good samaritan that rescues the dog to keep it safe. Take the painless steps below and odds are you will get to witness the emotional reunion of a dog and its owner. Local rescue organizations are overflowing with stray & unwanted dogs and should be the last resort in asking for help.
- If there is an identification tag, call the owner & return the dog. This is obviously the desirable outcome for all involved.
- Take the dog to the nearest veterinarian’s office and ask a staff member to scan to determine if the dog has a microchip.
- Knock on doors near the area where you found the dog and ask residents if they recognize the dog or know where it lives.
- Call Calcasieu Parish Animal Services (CPAS) at 337-721-3730 to see if the dog you found has been reported as lost. If not, give a full description of the dog, your phone number, a photo of the dog if possible and location you found the dog.
- Call Lake Charles American Press Classifieds at 337-494-4000 and run a free “found dog” ad (it will run 5-7 days). It is important to only submit a limited description of the dog and require callers to give you specific identifying markings on the dog, and this will assist in confirming that he or she is truly the dog’s owner. An example would be “small female black dog found on Nelson road near Walmart. Call to identify” and be sure to include your contact phone number but not your name in the ad.
- Make flyers to put on nearby residents’ doors or at local businesses with limited description of the dog, your phone #, and the date and location you found the dog. (Do not put signs on light poles or in mailboxes as this is illegal)
- If the dog isn’t claimed by an owner within the first week, you are free to find it a new home or adopt it yourself. Consult with CPAS on the legal waiting periods before the dog can be considered legally yours.
- Avoid taking the dog to the CPAS shelter if possible because it is chronically crowded with unwanted animals. And your stray may not survive the odds and could end up euthanized. Try to find the dog a responsible home or contact a local rescue group to assist you.
- Remember, if you don’t try to find the home of the lost dog, you could be breaking someone’s heart, so the right thing to do is attempt to find the dog’s original owners before deciding to keep the dog as your own.
The Lake Charles area has only a few dog rescue groups but these groups are made up of passionate dog advocates who donate their free time to help dogs in need. Contact the rescue groups below for helpful advice in the Lake Charles area or search Petfinder for rescue groups near you.
4 Paws Society Rescue 337-477-0741
LaPaw Rescue 337-478-7294
Lake Charles Pit Bull Rescue e-mail: [email protected]
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