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Would You Pick up a Stray?

Where do you draw the line between being a good Samaritan and being appropriately cautious? I already shared my experience with finding a loose, lost dog and, thinking back, it was definitely a dangerous decision for us to decide to help the scared, but tagged, pooch find his way home. In addition to the risk of biting you out of fear, a "wild" doggie or kitty could pass along a disease as well. I'm curious what your take is – would you pick up a pet roaming leashless on the side of the road? If you've experienced this firsthand (either finding one or getting one back), please share your story in the comments below.

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readerred readerred 8 years
I currently have a cat we found in the wild area of a city park about 6 months ago. Brought her home as couldn't stand leaving a kitten all alone & so far from any house. She was supposed to be gone to a shelter or another home by now, but we never got around to that. She will have to go soon as she bullies our resident cat who is now an old girl. Anyone interested???????
blu-eyes blu-eyes 8 years
I have a mini beagle who my uncle found on the side of the Maryland interstate. She was actually with her brother or sister, but they ran away from him. He drove back 2 times from NJ because he wanted to save the other one as well, and it bothered him that the brother or sister was still out there. My mini is a cutie, and I love her to pieces and can't thank him enough for stopping that day and bringing her into my life:)
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 8 years
I always pick up unsupervised animals and take them home (if they have a collar) or take them to a shelter. I've had to keep them in a spare bedroom until a shelter was opened before. I had to make sure the cat didn't come into contact with my cats.
cherrygirl143 cherrygirl143 8 years
That's how I got all my pets....including our bird!
swf36d swf36d 8 years
I have picked up both stray dogs and cats. Where the dogs were concerned, I either found their owner or found them a home. With the cats, my current cat was a former stray who lived under my shed for 2 years until she trusted me enough to move in. I have fostered stray and pregnant cats on more than one occaision and would do it again in a second.
jedimasterarmi jedimasterarmi 8 years
the best dog i've ever had (still have) was a stray.
Lili-Coffin Lili-Coffin 8 years
Not only have I picked up numerous stray dogs and reunited them with their owners, I've also picked up an injured stray that became the beloved family pet of my aunt and uncle, and I picked up a dog that ran in front of my car in a rainstorm. He's been with me nine years and I couldn't have chosen a better dog. He's watching me right now as I type this. People need to exercise caution, of course, and sometimes I've lost sleep because a dog was not interested in being helped. But doing nothing is rarely an option for me.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I would do it but only because i do have a courtyard that is bricked in and safe, and i could keep the stray out there untill i figured out what to do with it. I would never ever expose my cats to a stray cat , or strange dog, they always come first.
ElleJay ElleJay 8 years
I do this all the time if they have an ID tag, I whip out my cell phone and call the owner.
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 8 years
I sure would...thats also how we got our 100% pure papillon....i wouldnt even think twice about it...Cats are another story because so many people let their cats outside i would be affraid i was taking someones baby
cashmere80 cashmere80 8 years
If I can catch the animal, I will ALWAYS (like GolferGirl) try to help them. I work in animal welfare so depending on the disposition it can come home with or go to my shelter. I recently picked up a pup that I took to our shelter. The law in AZ is that the animal has to go to our county facility to allow for the owner to find it. That is where she ended up. I asked my boss to pick her up if she was placed on the "E" list but she was adopted before that. For that reason alone I will never walk away from a stray.
colormesticky colormesticky 8 years
Have done it lots of times, will do it again. I've never taken a dog home, only a few birds, but I would if it were about the same size as my own dogs.
runnergeek runnergeek 8 years
interesting timing..i just picked one up this wknd. im checking on him today..i know he will find a great home, or even go back to his original home..the animal rescue place i called was wonderful.
mayara mayara 8 years
Our youngest cat was a stray, as was one of the cats my parents had when I was growing up. Both were wonderful finds. I'd be a bit iffier on stray dogs, due to differences between the species, and any strays that come home with me are certainly kept separate from other animals at least until after being tested at the vet.
melizzle melizzle 8 years
Yes. Just be careful in approaching the animal.
Leopardcc Leopardcc 8 years
Yes, I have in the past taken care of strays and I would again. You just have to be cautious.
baltimoregal baltimoregal 8 years
I got my Stella because a friend picked up a stray- something he's never done before or since- and she had puppies!
Tullia Tullia 8 years
I would love to help an animal w/out a home, but I would just have to get him/her checked if they've got disease or not.
PattyLauren PattyLauren 8 years
Yes! As a matter of fact, a stray cat came to our house a couple of weeks ago and I felt bad for the little thing and started feeding him. Needless to say, he now has had his vaccinations, a collar, a name, and a home :)
rickimc rickimc 8 years
Both my last dog and my ferret were strays. My dog, Terra, was covered in ticks and had a horrible case of puppy mange, but we took her in and she recovered fully to live a long life. And finding a stray ferret was just plain weird, but no one claimed her and she got on well with our dogs, and I had always wanted one. She thought she was more of a dog than a ferret, but everyone just loved her.
clareberrys clareberrys 8 years
wackdoodle- my boyfriend is a stray magnet as well.....we have a stray dog and two stray cats....the dog's owner didn't want to take him back (he has a microchip in him so we contacted the microchip company and called the previous owners) He is a pitbull and we would have never considered getting a pit bull before we found him....and our two cats we found outside of our apartment buildings...I love my strays!
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
Strays are how my family got most of the dogs I grew up with. My dad said my mom was a "stray magnet" if there was a stray dog anywhere in our hometown it would find its way to our street and to our door where my mom would feed it and adopt it into our family.
Jessie-M Jessie-M 8 years
I wouldn't bother with a cat unless it was obviously a stray-my city has tons of free roaming cats that are let out and run around all they want and come home for a warm place to sleep and some snuggles. I would definitely pick up a non-aggressive dog-my mom used to do that all the time when my sisters and I were young. Though even if they didn't seem agressive, she'd always keep them out in the garage or the backyard until we got to know them first, and NEVER let the stray dogs be around food and us kids at the same time. We usually ended up sending them to the spca, as we had a border collie and a cat already and they took up all of my family's energy themselves :)
K-is-For-Kait K-is-For-Kait 8 years
At this point, I couldn't take in a pet due to my living situation. Whether or not I approach at animal, especially a dog, to help it does depend on its state and reputation. For instance, I'd be more likely to approach a terrier breed than a pitbull or rotweiller. I know that sounds awful because these breeds usually are harmless, but I do live in the city and sometimes bigger dogs are raised for fighting. I couldn't risk it. As for cats-- there's so many in the neighborhood that it's impossible to tell which are strays and which are outdoor cats. It's better to just let them be.
silly_pickle silly_pickle 8 years
I've done this, twice actually, same dog! This medium sized black dog showed up at my front door, twice. Maybe he smelled my dogs, who knows. Both times I called his owner and left a message and watched him until the owner came to pick him up. Apparently her kids had a habit of leaving the front door open!

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