1. Take the dog to a veterinarian or an animal shelter to be scanned for a microchip.
2. Call your county animal services facility and report the dog “found, but not turned over.” This way if an owner calls the county looking for their pet, they can give the owner your contact information.
County Animal Services facilities in the Tampa Bay Area
Hillsborough County Animal Services: (813) 744-5660
Pasco County Animal Services: (813) 929-1212
Pinellas County Animal Services: (727) 582-2600
3. Contact local vets to list the dog in their lost/found books.
4. Post flyers in your neighborhood stating “FOUND DOG” with your contact information.
5. Post the dog on Facebook: Lost and Found Pets of Hillsborough County
6. List the dog as found on Craig’s list. State only general terms describing the dog (i.e., large dog, small dog, older dog) and your contact information.
Anybody who contacts you in regards to the dog you found, make them describe the dog to you.
IF THE OWNER OF THE DOG IS NOT LOCATED AND YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO KEEP/FOSTER THE DOG, WE SUGGEST THE FOLLOWING STEPS:
- If the dog is a pure breed dog, contact breed-specific rescues
- Contact rescues/shelters that have their own physical facility/shelter
- Dogma fosters all its rescue dogs in volunteers’ homes. In order for Dogma to consider accepting the dog, it generally must meet the following criteria: no aggression issues with humans or other dogs, 35 lbs. and under and the dog must be reasonably healthy. At this time, Dogma is not accepting any adult pit bulls.
- If the dog you found meets this criteria, please contact us and include a picture of the dog at Info@DogmaRescue.org
- If you are unable to find a rescue or a home for the dog, we recommend taking the dog to a county shelter. DO NOT POST THE DOG ON CRAIG’S LIST TO BE REHOMED – THIS IS DANGEROUS!
IF YOU ARE ABLE TO FOSTER THE DOG, DOGMA CAN POSSIBLY HELP YOU. PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING CAREFULLY:
WHAT DOGMA WOULD EXPECT FROM YOU:
Commit to keeping the dog until a permanent home is found by one of Dogma’s co-directors.
Attend at least 2 adoption events per month (held on either Sat. or Sun., mostly in the South Tampa area).
Be available to bring the dog to meet and greets or home visits, if necessary (schedules will be coordinated in advance)
WHAT DOGMA WOULD DO FOR YOU TO HELP THE DOG:
Supply you with food and monthly flea and heartworm prevention
Provide a crate to borrow, if needed
Pay for any necessary vetting (including spay/neuter) at a Dogma-approved veterinarian (pre-authorization required)
Post the dog to our website, Petfinder page and Facebook page
Screen inquiries and applications on the dog
WE CANNOT ESTIMATE HOW LONG YOU WILL HAVE THE DOG. Dogma only does high-quality adoptions and no exception will be made to this for any reason.
WE WILL NOT AT ANY TIME PLACE THE DOG IN ANOTHER FOSTER HOME
WE WILL HELP YOU TO HELP THE DOG YOU FOUND AND WE EXPECT YOU TO RESPECT OUR TIME AND EFFORTS. EVERYONE IN DOGMA IS AN UNPAID VOLUNTEER AND ALL DOG RESCUE ACTIVITIES ARE DONE IN OUR FREE TIME.
Before Dogma will agree to accept the dog into our foster program, Dogma’s Co-Directors need to meet the dog and the primary caregivers of the dog at an adoption event.
If you are interested in learning more about this program, please go to the Wanna Help? tab on our website, complete a FOSTER APPLICATION. We will send you a contract which further outlines what Dogma will do to assist you and Dogma’s expectations of you.