If you have found a dog, cat, or other companion animal, you should do the following:
Consider the safety of the animal. A strange, frightened, and possibly sick or injured animal can behave unpredictably.
Use caution when approaching the animal. Should you succeed in getting close enough to capture it, you stand a good chance of being scratched or bitten. When moving toward the animal, speak calmly to reassure him. Make sure he can see you at all times as you approach, and entice him to come to you.
LURE THE ANIMAL INTO YOUR CAR
Use caution driving with an unrestrained animal in your car. It is good to always carry a leash in your car just in case. If you cannot safely transport the animal or the animal is injured, call Animal Services and Enforcement (605-394-4132) or local law enforcement for assistance.
TAKE TO LOCAL ANIMAL SHELTER
If you are able to transport the animal, take it to the nearest animal shelter. The animal can be scanned for a microchip, and then will be placed on the shelter’s website as a stray pet, giving the owner a chance to find their pet. If you bring the animal to the HSBH shelter, we will ask you to fill out a Lost-Found Report so we can work on reuniting the pet with the proper owner.
If you decide to keep the pet in your home until an owner is found, you still need to have the animal scanned for a microchip and fill out a found report at the animal shelter. Please remember that a frantic owner could be looking everywhere for their beloved pet so make every effort to reunite the animal with its family! Put flyers out in the neighborhood where you found the animal, at veterinarian offices, and put an ad on online forums such as Facebook’s Bring Rusty Home. If the animal is not claimed after 30 days, you may choose to keep or re-home it