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Help Request – Stray Animal

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Request Help - Stray Animal

  • Thank you for your concern for this stray dog or cat! Please read each section THOROUGHLY before responding. YES WE KNOW THIS FORM IS LONG, but our work is complex and to be successful in helping at-risk animals, ALL of this information is vitally important!


    HARTT is a small, volunteer-run organization - as much as we wish we could, we simply cannot help all animals who are stray; we prioritize our cases based on those that are the most urgent. Note that we do NOT perform feral cat TNR (trap-neuter-return) and we do not have the manpower to assist with stray CATS, unless an owner is known and is unable to catch their cat, or unless the cat is severely injured.

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  • (Ex: "50 pound dog, border collie or Aussie")
  • (Ex: "long hair, matted in back, mostly black, front feet are white")
  • (ex: "Dog is holding his left back foot off the ground and will not put weight on it - the leg appears bent sideways and looks broken.")
  • (ex: "I have seen the dog since 4/21/22, however the employees at McDonalds say she has been in the immediate area for more than 2 weeks.")
  • (ex: "I saw the dog running down the street headed West around 8:00 am this morning and I haven't seen him since that time.")
  • (ex: "Dog begs for food from the nearby fast food restaurants - I think an employee feeds her early in the morning somewhere near the Taco Bell")
  • Based on our extensive experience working with strays, we know that an animal is "ready for trapping" when they have been seen in a fairly specific area repeatedly for several days, at least. Our success with finding a dog that has only passed through an area or been spotted once and is still on the move are extremely low. However, there are ways to "draw" the dog back to the area, with the help from community members like you. More on that shortly!


    Please remember that HARTT is a small, primarily volunteer-run organization - as much as we wish we could, we simply cannot help all animals who are stray. For injured strays, we try our very best to respond to you within 48 hours (preferably sooner).

  • (ex: "There are about 3 cats in the area, but they tend to eat across the street.")
  • (Ex: "Yes, on the days I work nearby which is Tues-Sat. I can feed the dog when I leave work."
  • (Ex: "The dog comes to the McDonald's dumpster around 6am daily, then walks north to the green house with the picket fence. Then we think she may sleep during the day in the alley south of Main Street and West of Fillmore.")
  • Here are some quick tips if you see this animal again: 1. DO NOT CHASE! This will cause the animal to run from and leave the area. 2. Pretend he is invisible, and if able, set down some fresh water and some food and walk away. This will keep the animal coming to the area. 3. Don't call, whistle or clap. If you want to see if you can get the animal to come to you, sit down, look away, pretend to be eating and see if they will approach you. Only do this if you are comfortable and if you have a leash on you at the time.


    It is far better to ignore the animal, so they don't think you're "after them", and leave them something yummy to give them a reason to stay in the area or to return!

  • NOTE: HARTT reserves the right to take possession of the trapped animal, conduct an owner search and, depending on the circumstances, place the animal with an animal welfare organization or in an adoptive home. HARTT also may provide veterinary care for the animal, including but not limited to spay/neuter vaccines and surgery, the cost of which will be incorporated into the animal's adoption fee. Special consideration and priority will be given to placement with the original poster/finder/current caregiver if desired, if that individual would otherwise be approved by HARTT for adoption or foster.
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