Found a pet? What now? Traci D. Howerton “Animal Rescue of New Orleans” column, March 28, 2013

By Traci D. Howerton

Special to the Advocate

Photo provided by Animal Rescue of New Orleans -- Sweetie is a shepherd mix with black markings on her face. A former owner had a pack of small dogs that nipped at Sweetie when she was a puppy, so she would prefer to be an only dog. She is loyal, good and smart, knows commands and adores tennis balls. ARNO would like her to go into a weekend foster home. Contact adoptfromarno@yahoo.com. The adoption fee is $150 and includes spay, shots and a chip.
Photo provided by Animal Rescue of New Orleans -- Sweetie is a shepherd mix with black markings on her face. A former owner had a pack of small dogs that nipped at Sweetie when she was a puppy, so she would prefer to be an only dog. She is loyal, good and smart, knows commands and adores tennis balls. ARNO would like her to go into a weekend foster home. Contact adoptfromarno@yahoo.com. The adoption fee is $150 and includes spay, shots and a chip.

It’s bound to happen: You come across a lost pet. You are not prepared to make him a part of your family, but you want to help him.

What do you do? First of all, please note that his family may very well be looking for him, so do not assume he is abandoned. Think about what you would want someone to do if your pet were lost.

Also, just because a lost pet may look matted, or in bad shape, does not necessarily mean the pet came from a bad home. It could mean the pet has been missing for some time.

If you come across a lost pet, here are some tips to helping him get back to his family:

If you come across a lost pet, following these tips will make for a greater chance of a happy reunion.

Traci D. Howerton is social media editor of Animal Rescue New Orleans, a 501c3 nonprofit. ARNO operates a volunteer-based, no-kill shelter in the Elmwood Industrial section of Jefferson Parish and depends on people who have followed them since Hurricane Katrina. Contact ARNO at arno.advocate@gmail.com, http://www.animalrescueneworleans.org or (504) 571-1900.