WECHS

I Found a Dog

Please note that all animals are being accepted by appointment. Found dogs are considered urgent appointments, and same day appointments are available. Please call 519-966-5751 to book an appointment or to arrange to have the dog picked up.

Fees to Drop Off a Stray Dog

The WECHS offers Animal Control Services to the municipalities of Windsor and Amherstburg, so there are no fees for bringing in a stray dog from those areas. Stray dogs from outside those area will be subject to a $20 intake fee.

 

These fees help offset our costs, however, no animal in need will be turned away because the finder cannot afford to pay.

You’re driving down the street and see a dog who clearly has lost his way. Or maybe one just shows up in your backyard. However you cross paths, if you find a lost dog here are some tips to help you find his or her owner:

 

 

  • Injured dogs need a veterinarian! If you find a stray dog who has been injured or appears sick call the Humane Society as soon as possible. We will help 24 hours a day.

  • Walk the dog through your neighbourhood several times. The dog’s family may be scouring the neighbourhood looking for him, and if you’re walking around with him it’s more likely you’ll connect with each other. Kids are a great source of information – they often know where many neighbourhood dogs live.

  • There are a number on online sites and groups to post about a found animal. Include specifics, but leave out one identifying characteristic and ask the person who claims to have lost the animal to describe it. Sadly, there can be people out there who claim lost pets to get a ‘free’ animal.

  • Call in a found dog report to the Humane Society by calling 519-966-5751, or email the report to pound@windsorhumane.org.

  • Use caution. A lost dog may be scared, and doesn’t know that you’re trying to help. Ensure that you are safe, even if it means that you’re unable to contain the dog.

  • Have the dog scanned. If you plan to keep the dog at your home while looking for their owner ensure that you have them scanned for a microchip by contacting the Humane Society or a veterinary clinic near you

Stray dogs may be dropped off at the Humane Society from 8am to 6pm seven days a week. Please call us at 519-966-5751 to let us know that you’re coming so we can be ready for the dog. During these hours and after hours we will also pick up a found dog in Windsor or Amherstburg if you are unable to care for them while looking for their owner. Please note that the Humane Society offers a Good Home Guarantee for all adoptable dogs who come to the shelter.

 

Although it’s easy to assume that a dog is lost because his people didn’t care about him, the reality is that accidents happen to even the most loved dog. The dog may be limping or dirty because they have been playing in a ditch or because they were hit by a car, not necessarily because they weren’t cared for. If you plan to keep a dog that you found, you have a responsibility to first make sure that he doesn’t have a family who loves him and is looking for him. If you have concerns about the welfare of a stray dog you found or returned to their owner, please contact the Provincial Animal Welfare Service to investigate.