Adopt lost dog?
December 12, 2007 9:08 AM Subscribe
How do you adopt a lost dog the original owner does not want?
posted by jca to Pets & Animals (12 answers total)
A friend of my neighbor found a lost dog. The friend was unable to keep the dog, so they passed the dog to my neighbor who has a fence and the proper space while they looked for the owner. The friend found the owner who lives close by, and explained to the owner by phone they had her dog, it was well cared for, was being kept in a safe, fenced-in environment, etc.
Rather than immediately wanting to claim her dog, the owner complained the dog was constantly escaping, and said that they (my neighbor) "should just keep the dog".
My neighbor would be happy to keep the dog. But he wanted to talk to this owner directly rather than through the friend who originally found the dog, to make sure that was what the owner really wants to do. However, it's been 5 days and the owner hasn't returned any of his phone calls, despite him leaving messages, leaving two contact phone numbers, etc.
The dog is great and appears in good health. It had no collar or chip so they have no idea if it is even licensed with the city. My neighbor is afraid the (unreachable) owner could turn up at a later time wanting to reclaim the dog, demanding unreasonable payment for the dog, etc. I suggested that he turn the dog in to the city while telling them he wants to adopt the dog after the mandatory 5-day waiting period for owners to claim their pets. He's concerned that something bad could happen to the dog if it is taken by the city and considered abandoned.
I've tried to read up on local city laws about this, but I cannot find specifics on this situation. So far my call to animal services has not been returned.
Can anyone offer any advice on this?