Dog Found near 625 Rhode Island Ave NW


“found this lost dog near 625 Rhode Island Ave NW in Shaw. The dog is male. It has a black collar with green skull and crossbones, but no tags. The found dog was taken to the DC Humane Society on New York Ave. Owner should contact the Humane Society immediately.”

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  • This is a *truly* honest question. Often, when lost pets are posted on this and other forums, it’s noted that the finder took them to the shelter, almost immediately. I’m not saying that’s the wrong thing to do, but I just want to know why you turn them over to the shelter so quickly? Are you a renter and can’t have pets in your home? Do you think you can’t care for a pet for even a short period of time (basic food and water for a day or two)? Or something else?
    Turning them over to the shelter in DC isn’t a bad thing (the WHS/WARL shelter on NYA is a low-kill shelter that tries mightily to reunite lost pets with their owners and works HARD to adopt out as many pets as they can), but, you know, if my dog managed to run away from me, I’d rather pick him up from the neighbor who found him sleeping on their porch than the “pound.” If I found a lost dog (only dogs because my dog is not friendly to cats), I’d take the lost dog to my vet or WHS/WARL to be scanned for a microchip, post about it on social media, and keep the dog for a few days to see if its owner turned up before turning it over to the shelter (assuming there were no obvious contagious things going on…my dog is well-protected against common issues from rabies to parvo to lepto to even something as common as fleas through treatments and vaccines, but he doesn’t need to be coming down with mange).

    • The expectation that the finder of an animal should keep the animal at his/her house or apartment seems rather presumptuous to me. It’s nice when people do it… but it sounds like you’re faulting the animal-finders who don’t.
      Why should an animal-finder have to run out and buy dog food or cat food (and litter and a litterbox), just because someone else lost their dog or cat? And people who don’t already have animals might have reasons for not having them — maybe they’re worried that a cat will scratch the furniture, or that a dog will have an accident, bring in fleas, etc.
      Sure, if my cat escaped I’d rather pick her up from a neighbor than from the pound (as the New York Avenue shelter isn’t particularly convenient), but mainly I’d just be relieved that she was OK. And unless she lost her collar, she wouldn’t end up at the pound anyway, because her collar has an ID tag with my phone number and I keep her collar on 24/7, even though she’s an indoor cat.
      Really, the onus is on the animal’s owner not to let him/her escape (and to have a collar tag with a current phone number), not on the finder to host the animal.

      • Unless you already own a pet, the prospect of taking one in is more onerous than the OP seems to understand. Whatever problems the pound has, it is set up to care for animals in a way that the finder’s home may not be. Most non-pet owners don’t have pet food, leashes, scratching posts, litter boxes and crates handy. And they shouldn’t be obligated to get them in order to accommodate someone else’s lost pet. Much less deal with any damage the pet may inflict. The OP also seems to be assuming that the finder owns their home and doesn’t have to contend with high pet fees, noise complaints or allowed number of pets.

    • “This is a *truly* honest question.” Hardly.
      It’s a question, all right, but one with a bias and one that was attempting to give its own answer. The bottom line is in textdoc’s last sentence. It’s none of your business why someone doesn’t want to/can’t keep your pet.

    • I agree with textdoc and Anon. As someone with a dog myself, of course I would prefer that someone would keep him at their place if they found him, but it’s not my decision to make. I would not expect someone else to make accommodations for the pet that I lost if I couldn’t even put a collar on him or her. The reason doesn’t matter (no pets allowed, allergies, other unreceptive family pets, etc.)

      It’s one thing for someone to find a dog with a collar and contact info (which mine always wears) and another entirely if they find a dog without a collar. I think you’d have a much stronger argument if someone found a dog with a collar and couldn’t be bothered to contact the owner so they immediately dropped him or her at the shelter.

    • burritosinstereo

      Because a lot of us already have pets that may not get along with the lost dog? ie, cats?

    • Because some people cannot keep a stray animal in their home, even for a short period time. Why is this so hard to understand? This person did a good thing by taking the dog to WHS, where it can be off the streets, given food and shelter, and scanned for a microchip so the staff can contact the owner. I love animals but my dog does not get along with other dogs, and I live a small apartment where we are only allowed to have one pet per unit. I don’t have a porch or a yard where a stray dog can hang for a few days until their owners are found. If I found a lost dog with no tags, I wouldn’t hesitate to bring it to WHS and post it on social media.

  • Sorry to be a contrarian, but I am with JoDa. Not sure why people are so fast to take a stray who is clearly someones pet, to the WHS. Having been there several times, the place is overwhelming for a human, much less a dog or cat. Not a fun place. Plus they charge fees to get your animal back.
    I would keep the dog or cat in my home for one day until I at least checked out with neighbors and posted online.
    I have a dog who would not be too happy, but I could keep them apart for a short time, its no big deal..

    • BC if i lost my pet and I knew someone found him/her I would want him/her back immediately, which I can do when her/she is at the WHS and not at someone else’s house who possibly may not be home and would have to coordinate a time with. Also, if it’s your pet and you presumably love him/her, you’d put your number on the collar or microchip him/her. I don’t know about you but I don’t have a microchip scanner just laying around in the off chance I find a stray. You know who does? WHS. Which is where I would take the lost animal IMMEDIATELY.

    • your “no big deal” is someone else’s very big deal. taking a stray animal to the WHS is a good thing to do- it’s part of the organization’s mission. let’s please not discourage people from doing so.

  • Also, this fee that you speak of…I don’t know how much it is but I would imagine the fact that they’ve given shelter, food, water, and maybe some medical attention to your pet justifies the fee. But I suppose you just expect that to be free.

    • The fee is about $85 for spayed, and double for unspayed. And of course I don’t expect WHS to provide free services SC.
      I am speaking for experience…an incident in which a newcomer to the neighborhood found a dog and immediately took it to WHS on NY Ave, without speaking to neighbors or anything. The dog belonged to a long time resident half a block away and he could not afford the $160 to get his unspayed dog back and it caused a lot of bad blood between newbies and older residents. He finally got the dog back after 2 weeks at the shelter.

      • I can see how that would cause bad blood between newbies and long-time residents. but why on earth wasn’t the dog wearing a collar with an ID tag and the owner’s information? (Not to mention that it was apparently on the loose in violation of the leash law.)
        And if the dog was unspayed, was it even properly licensed with the city? IIRC, the dog license is $15 per year for a neutered or spayed animal, and $50/year for an unspayed/unneutered one — if the owner didn’t have the $160 to get his dog back, was he spending $50/year for the dog’s license?

  • I agree with the above comments on the good reasons for not taking in a stray or found animal. But also, people call WHS when they are looking for a lost pet. The person who lost it may not have computer access, or know to look on POP or neighborhood blogs (as amazing as that sounds).

    • Strongly agreed. Not everyone uses social media, and among people who _do_ use social media, not everyone visits the same sites.

  • O.P.’s perspective – we already have a dog who doesn’t get along with small dogs, we live in an apartment, and we have demanding full-time jobs, so it simply wasn’t possible to take in another animal. Our dogwalker actually found the animal, stayed two hours with it while we looked for the owner, and drove it to NY Ave, so try to suspend your judgment.

    The found dog is now listed as “Augustus” on the Humane Society’s lost animals page.

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