Tags get lost dogs back home

Lost Dog Colt
One of the dogs we found running around University Hills with no tags

If you’re on NextDoor you’ve gotten the alerts. Or if you’ve walked through our neighborhood you’ve seen the faded Lost Dog posters stapled to electrical poles. I think it’s safe to say that University Hills has many dogs and dog lovers. Which is why I want to remind all owners, please, make sure your dog has a collar and tag with your current contact information.

I’ve only lived in UHills for two years. In that time my husband and I have caught 15 loose dogs. Those dogs with tags got back to their home and to relieved owners in less than an hour. Dogs with no tags got a free car ride to a local vet to be scanned for a microchip. If no microchip was found, it was back to my house where we played a game of “Look at the Camera!” and what little info I had was posted on Craigslist, NextDoor and even paper posters. Then the dogs and I would wait, hoping an owner would see the online posts and call, hoping an owner even knew their dog was missing. Hours would pass. And for a few dogs, I had no choice but to draw the line at two days and call Denver Animal Shelter for a pickup.

I can only imagine what those owners were feeling. University Hills is bordered by major roads, with higher speeds and heavy traffic. How could they not imagine their dog hit by a car and lying injured or worse on the side of the road? What other worst case scenarios must have run through those owners’ minds?

It’s summertime now, as people garden and play outside, gates are going to get left open. Fireworks and thunderstorms are going to spook some dogs into taking off. Please neighbors, stop reading this post, reach down and check to make sure your dog has a collar and a tag with your current contact information. You and I will feel much better, if I can give you a quick ring and say, “Hey neighbor, your dog is safe at my house.”

Prevent your pet from getting lost:

Found a pet with no tags and can’t get to the Denver Animal Shelter?
If you have found a lost pet in the City and County of Denver and would like the animal picked up by an animal control officer, you may contact the 3-1-1 Call Center at 720-913-1311. You must be 18 years of age and home for approximately two hours for an officer to respond. Animal Control Officers will not be dispatched to pick up strays or stray holds after 9:00 PM.

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