You aren't done yet! Now that you've got a canine house guest, there are a few more steps you need to take to help him find his people.
Post the dog online at Craigslist.org in the "Lost & Found" and "Pets" sections. Post him on your neighborhood websites such as Nextdoor.com. Post him to local animal welfare social media pages you follow. Don't forget to ask us to post on our San Jose Animal Advocate's Facebook page!
Something to keep in mind as you network him - sometimes less is more. Don't include an overly extensive description about the dog. When someone contacts you claiming to be the owner, you can easily verify if the animal belongs to them by asking some simple questions.
Be sure to put an ID tag on him with your contact information. Why? He got lost once. He may do so again.
Make a flyer!
Type out "Found Dog" in a LARGE FONT, include a good sized photo of the pup and your contact info. Many people who will see your flyer will be driving by it, so keep it simple and easy to read. A good photo is the best advertisement you can have. Post the flyers around the area you found the dog. (Click here for an online template.)
Leash up and go for a walk!
If you are able to, take the dog for a walk in the area you found him. Be sure to bring your flyers and talk to anyone you see... the mailman, UPS delivery person, neighbors, places of business and of course, other dog walkers!
Whether you transport a loose dog to a local shelter or commit to fostering and searching for its owner, you make a difference in that dog's life!