* Take the dog to a veterinarian or an animal shelter to be scanned for a microchip.
* 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 they pet, they can give the owner your contact information.
County Animal Services facilities in the Tampa Bay Area
* Contact local vets to list the dog in their lost/found books.
* Post flyers in your neighborhood stating "FOUND DOG" with your contact information. Do not include a picture of the dog.
* 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. Also, the Tampa Tribune will place a no-cost ad for one week. Their number is (813) 259-7500
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 (Dogma does not have its own facility)
* Dogma fosters all rescue dogs in volunteers' homes. In order for Dogma to consider accepting the dog, it generally must meet the following criteria:
* Dog must be 30 lbs or under
* Dog must be 7 years or under
* Dog must be generally healthy - Dogma is a rescue and is not able to accept medically needy dogs or dogs that require long-term care.
* At this time, Dogma is not accepting pit bulls
If the dog you found meets this criteria, please email a picture of the dog to: All@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! Hillsborough County Animal Services is widely known for saving many more dogs than typical county shelters and has an established flagship pit bull program.
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 Dogma's website, complete a FOSTER APPLICATION and email it to All@DogmaRescue.org. We will send you a contract which further outlines what Dogma will do to assist you and Dogma's expectations of you.