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STRAY ANIMALS

How you can help

One of the largest animal welfare challenges our community faces is the number of animals in need of care. Animals enter shelters for a variety of reasons, however the majority of shelter populations are made up of strays and surrenders. If you come across an animal roaming about your community, here's what you can do to safely help it:

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  • Make sure that you are able to safely get it in your possession

  • Check for any identifying collars that may help you find out where the animal came from

  • If there's no identification on the animal, take it to a local shelter or veterinarian hospital to be scanned for a microchip. In most cases, this will quickly tell you where the animal's home is.

  • If there is no identification either through a collar or a microchip, a social media post will quickly get the word out about this animal. Most communities have Facebook groups solely for this purpose.

  • If you are able to provide a safe haven for the animal until the owner is located, this would be in the animal's best interest. However, if this is something that is not realistic for you, then reaching out to Maury County Animal Services is your next move to see if they will accept the stray animal.

The lost or stray animals of Maury County may never make it back home without the help of our community. While these tips may not solve the problem, they will help the animal become reunited with its family.

To learn more about how you can prevent your pet from being in this position, click the button below to read our pet safety tips.

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