Everyone should be responsible for the stray dogs that are in your area, especially if you take pity on it and start feeding it. At that point, you are starting to become the owner. Now remember, please, that a stray dog may have an owner. They may have taken off on an adventure. There are several things you must/should do. First secure it, so it will be safe. Then report the found dog to the Shelter, in case the owner is looking there (besides it is the law), and also check for a microchip at any vet or the Shelter. You can also post on Lost/Found pet groups including on on our sister Facebook page "Lost & Found PETS of Nash & Edgecombe Counties, NC" which includes Rocky Mount and also post in the Community section on Craigslist. Once you have done all this and an owner doesn't show within a short period of time, you may rehome, find a rescue or keep.
Remember, that some dogs are lost a long time and their condition doesn't necessarily mean the owner was bad. Neither does behavior as dogs change when lost or things may have happened to them to make them flinch when you try to touch. Yes, there are bad owners, but don't assume. Just love them as they are, with the mystery past. Don't forget to have the females fixed ASAP, because she may have adventured when she was in season! BTW, all of the above also applies to cats, if they are friendly!
If you cannot keep safe, even for a short time, they should go to the Shelter. There they will be safe from the roads, weather and have plenty of food and water. There they will have a chance to find the owner or a Rescue or an adopter. We will photograph and try to do just that. Just because it is an Animal Control facility doesn't mean an automatic death! Because you care, we thank you! ence! THANK YOU!
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