Found a Stray Dog?

If you’ve found a stray dog, it’s important to know what steps to take to ensure their safety and to reunite them with their owner. At SYD Rescue, we’re here to help! Follow the steps below to handle the situation responsibly and compassionately:

Check for Identification
    • Check if the dog has a collar with an ID tag or phone number. You might be able to contact their owner directly.
    • If the dog is microchipped, take them to a local vet or rescue to have the chip scanned for owner information.
Report the Found Dog
    • Contact your local dog warden or animal control officer. They can often provide guidance and may be able to collect the dog from you. In North Yorkshire, you can report a found dog to the North Yorkshire County Council using their Lost or Stray Dogs page. They do not operate on a 24 hour basis so it’s best to either care for the dog or find a kennel that is able to, until you are able to make contact with the Dog Warden.
Care for the Dog Temporarily
    • Provide fresh water and food if necessary.
    • If the dog seems comfortable and safe, keep them in a secure area, like a fenced yard or a quiet room in your home.
    • Observe their behavior and take note of any potential injuries or medical issues.
Precautions and Safety
    • Approach the dog slowly and cautiously. Some dogs may be frightened or aggressive when approached by strangers.
    • Be mindful of your own safety and the safety of others around you.
Thank you for helping keep the dogs of North Yorkshire safe!