It’s nice to see the sun come out! After a rainy month, it’s nice to launch right into those warm dog days of summer.
Unfortunately, the increase in temperature isn’t the only thing on the rise. The Brandon City Pound has had a sudden jump in the number of animals picked up at large.
Perhaps more animals are spending longer periods of time in the yard with the warmer weather, and are getting loose? Or maybe animals are disappearing while out camping, hiking or spending time outdoors?
Whatever the reason, there are a lot of animals being picked up running at large, and very few seem to have owners looking for them.
The pound is meant to serve as a lost and found for pets that get out and go missing.
When animals are running at large in the community, there are a number of things that can go wrong. They can get sick from the heat or cold, get struck by a vehicle, harmed by another animal, poisoned — or worse.
If your pet goes missing, it’s important to act quickly. Time increases the risk to your pet — the distance he can travel, the likelihood of his safe return, and the fees at the pound if your pet has been picked up!
Things to include in your missing pet’s description and examples of each:
Breed (i.e. Shepherd Mix)
Age (i.e. 2 years old)
Gender (i.e. Neutered Male)
Tattoo Number (i.e. KPPP9)
Coat Colour, Length and Type (i.e. Black & Tan, Short Coat)
Size (i.e. Large Breed - Approximately 60lbs and 22" at the shoulder)
Identifying Markings or Details (i.e. Black Patch on Left Ear, Wearing Yellow Collar)
Once you have a description, be sure to get it out there! Here are the places you should contact:
Local Radio Stations
Post on your Community Classifieds (i.e. Brandon Sun, eBrandon)
The Brandon City Pound 204-728-3260
The Brandon City Police 204-729-2345
Contact Area Vet Clinics
Put Posters Up
If you are located outside of the Brandon area, and you are not sure where the pound for your area is located, contact your town or rural municipality office and they should direct you. (You can also check the Funds for Furry Friends website at www.fundsfurfriends.com - under their resources tab.)
If you are unable to locate a pound for your area through your town or rural municipality office, contact the RCMP — they are responsible for animals in communities and municipalities with their own animal control.
Most of the animals coming through the pounds in Brandon and the surrounding communities are animals that have owners — they are just waiting for someone to come and reclaim them.
Remember, there is a limited amount of space at the pound, and the animals there really just want to go home. Please, don’t forget about them!
Dana Grove is an animal lover who works with several pet organizations in Brandon.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 5, 2012