Highland Lakes Canine Rescue is fortunate to have benevolent and supportive partners in the communities we serve. We value our relationships with the business and service providers whose generous it’s greatly enhances our ability to rescue and care for dogs who simply need a second chance at a good life.
- Burnet Veterinary Clinic, Burnet TX
- Highland Lakes Veterinary Clinic, Marble Falls TX
- Horseshoe Bay Veterinary Clinic, Horseshoe Bay TX
- Lake Area Animal Clinic, Buchanan Dam TX
- Lakeway Veterinary Clinic, Lakeway TX
- Llano Veterinary Clinic, Llano TX
- Paleface Animal Clinic, Spicewood TX
- VitalPet – Hope Animal Clinic, Marble Falls TX
- Falls on the Colorado Art Museum, Marble Falls TX
- Numinous Coffee Roasters, Marble Falls TX
- PetsMart, Shops at the Galleria, Bee Cave TX
- Tomlinson’s Feed, Lakeway TX
- A to Z Dog Ranch, Spicewood TX
- Barkingham Palace, Marble Falls TX
- Camp Bow Wow, Spicewood TX
- Emancipet, Austin TX
- Pet Pals, Marble Falls TX
- Priority Canine Training, Spicewood TX
- Split Rail K-9 Training and Grooming, Kingsland TX
- Starmark Academy, Hutto TX
- Andrea Grieg, Lakeway Animal Control
- JC Ferguson, Marble Falls Police Department
LOST AND FOUND
Our beloved dogs go missing far too often, so if you’ve found yourself missing your own pet, or having found an unfamiliar dog that looks lost, read on for the help you need.
When you’ve realized your dog has gone missing, it can be a stressful and worrisome time for everyone. Here are some things you can do to help get your loving partner back home.
- Don’t Panic.
How timely you execute a plan can make the difference between locating your pet or not, so try to put emotions aside and get into action.
- Make a Plan.
Write down the last time and place you saw your dog and have a photo ready. Make a list of names and phone numbers to contact about your missing pet and start calling, keeping note of who you successfully reached and when. Start with contacts who are geographically closer to where your pet was last seen. Keep a cell phone charged and on you at all times so you can stay in touch.
- Create a Message.
Quickly create signs to post throughout your neighborhood for your next step. Designate a helper to log on to social media to spread the word, too. If you can, offer a reward. Post on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Nextdoor and Paw Boost.
- Get out and Walk the Neighborhood.
Keep your cell phone on you, but keep somebody at the location of where your dog was last seen or at your home. Alert your neighbors. Describe your dog or show its picture to passers-by and ask if they’ve seen it – and post your signs and pictures.
- Contact the Vet.
Veterinarians, whether your own or others in your community, are happy to take a description of your pet and help spread the word for you. Many also offer lost and found bulletin boards where you can post your signs.
- Call Animal Control and Area Shelters.
Tell them that you’re looking for YOUR pet. You want Animal Control to know that if by chance somebody brings your pet to them, that you’re looking for your pet. They are only required by law to hold your animal for 3 days. If your pet is older or has special medical conditions, let them know. File a lost pet report with every area rescue shelter within a 60-mile radius of your home and visit the nearest shelters daily, if possible.
- Contact Local Breed Clubs.
If your dog is of a particular breed, contact your local club for that breed.
- Contact Us.
You can email HLCR at firstname.lastname@example.org , or see the Contact Us section for our full information and we will be happy to send the pertinent data and picture to all of our network of volunteers to keep an eye out for your pet.
- Be Persistent.
Follow up every day with your list of contacts – and have hope that your companion will return home!
- Capture and Contain.
Go slowly, deliberately, and calmly when approaching what appears to be a lost pet, using food to coax a frightened animal into approaching you. Attempt to capture and contain the animal with care, and never, ever put your personal safety at risk. Ideally, dogs should be secured using a leash or contained in a fenced yard. Stray cats are best confined inside a carrier, secure box (with air holes), or small room of your house. Never put yourself in harm’s way by attempting to capture an animal that is behaving suspiciously or aggressively.
- Call the Authorities.
If you cannot safely approach the animal or if it runs away, call your local animal control or police department immediately, giving the dispatcher the exact street address where you last saw the animal. Contact us, too. We’ll rebroadcast to our own networks as well.
- Post on Social Media.
Get the word out that you’ve found a lost dog; post a pic if you took one. Post on your own Facebook page, your community Facebook page or bulletin, Nextdoor and local animal welfare groups like Paw Boost.
- Check for ID.
Once you have contained the lost pet, check to see if the animal is wearing an ID tag. If so, you may be able to immediately contact the owner and return the pet to him or her. It is advisable to immediately file a “found” report with your local animal shelter in case the owner calls or goes there to search for the pet. If you are unable to hold the pet, you can either take it to your local animal shelter or call your local animal control or police department to pick it up.
- Re-check the Found Location.
Return to the place where you found the dog, as there might be signage from a concerned and worried owner.
- Scan for a Microchip.
If the pet is not wearing an ID tag, take it to your vet or a local animal shelter, or have animal control or the police department transport it to the shelter. The shelter staff will scan the animal for a microchip. If the animal is chipped, the shelter staff will be able to immediately look up the owner’s contact information.
- Take It to a Shelter.
Take pets with no ID to an animal shelter. If the animal has no ID tag or microchip, its best chance of being reunited with its owner is generally at an animal shelter because owners are likely to look there for lost pets. Alternatively, you can provide local shelters with a picture of the found animal so that you can foster the pet until its owner is found.
Thank you for trying to help reunite a pet with its owner!
Internet sites for advice – follow any of these links for help:
If you have an animal emergency or need information related to wildlife or a domestic animal in need, please contact Animal Help Now for information and resources. They will also provide a list of all the vets and shelters in the immediate area.
We HIGHLY recommend you microchip your pets to make sure they will find their way home, should they ever get lost. This service is available at any area veterinary office. The more animals who can find their way home, the fewer we have to re-home, and the more we can save from animal control.
REHOME YOUR PET
Moving? A baby coming? Whatever the reason, we want to make sure your pet safely finds a new loving family. The Petco Foundation is a proud sponsor of Rehome, a program that helps you safely find a loving forever home for your pet. Rehome has been very successful at reducing owner surrender at shelters all over the country. Once you complete your pet’s profile, it will be posted on Adopt-a-Pet.com for a new family to find.