Lost dog in Philly
August 12, 2012 5:26 PM   Subscribe

Stray dog in Philly - what happened to Phillyblog? Or other ideas.

My neighbor found a stray dog and he's hanging out in our backyard/courtyard. We gave him food and water and walked him. He's definitely someone's dog (personable lover, etc). He's like a rottie/pitbull looking mix.

Anyway, we tried to introduce him to our (2) dogs and they weren't really having it, so we couldn't even bring them in our place and the neighbor called animal control. But I remember Phillyblog being somewhere where you could do neighborhood by neighborhood alert stuff like this. I can't really tell if there's a successor site.

Any ideas of what we should do?
posted by Pax to Pets & Animals (13 answers total)
Craigslist and the Philly subreddit are probably good places to go, instead.
posted by batmonkey at 5:31 PM on August 12, 2012

Check facebook for Philly lost/found dog pages/groups.
posted by fluffy battle kitten at 5:43 PM on August 12, 2012

PAWS will unfortunately say that calling animal control is your best/only option. Can you put up flyers and keep him in your backyard until then? Can anyone else take him while you look for his owners? If he came from PAWS he's been microchipped; can you take him to your vet or to one of PAWS' facilities to check for that? (If you don't have a regular vet, we like Companion Pet Hospital in South Philly.) The vet might also have ideas.
posted by supercres at 5:44 PM on August 12, 2012

(Though if he's not neutered -- sadly normal for a lot of even non-stray pet dogs -- he didn't come from PAWS.)
posted by supercres at 5:46 PM on August 12, 2012

Front Porch Forum.

Poster the area with found dog signs, let the police, adoption groups and all vets in the area know that you have the dog. Put a found dog ad in the daily and weekly newspapers. Heck, create a found dog page for him on the web.

Someone won't sleep until their dog is home. Please try everything.
posted by vers at 5:48 PM on August 12, 2012

Where in Philly are you? Out my way, lost pet notices get posted to West Philly Local all the time. If this is your neighborhood too, have at it. If it's not, does your neighborhood have its own big blogs?
posted by ActionPopulated at 6:07 PM on August 12, 2012

Response by poster: Spring Garden-ish neighborhood. The dog likely came south from Francisville/Fairmount. Neutered. Just put on CL and a couple of other sites I found that allowed reporting of lost dogs.
posted by Pax at 6:15 PM on August 12, 2012

Maybe try giving the SPCA a call?
posted by NoraCharles at 6:20 PM on August 12, 2012

And this could be a longshot, but maybe that site was called PhillyDog? They have a Twitter feed that posts lost dog posters.
posted by NoraCharles at 6:24 PM on August 12, 2012

Best answer: You could also try PhiladelphiaSpeaks.com. They have a forum for the neighborhood you're talking about.
posted by upplepop at 8:04 PM on August 12, 2012

I'm not sure if it works the same in Philly, but if it were San Francisco I would say be sure to call Animal Control. Here at least, they have volunteers who sort through lost pet reports and found pet reports looking for matches.
posted by trip and a half at 9:10 PM on August 12, 2012

Response by poster: Thanks, upplepop, that's the one I was looking for (but we did CL and some other sites I mentioned) and my neighbor is trying to take care of it today, too.

Such a shame. Sweet, sweet dog that wants to be around people. I hope he's chipped.
posted by Pax at 6:19 AM on August 13, 2012

5 Things to Do If You Have Found a Lost Dog (pdf) (Nothing you haven't already done, but possibly useful for future readers of this question.)

Create Your Own Flyers, including a printable template.
posted by SuperSquirrel at 6:59 AM on August 13, 2012

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