There are a variety of considerations when you encounter or find a stray dog or cat. First it is very important to approach the pet slowly. Frequently pets who have run away or been displaced from their homes are frightened and anxious. They should be approached and handled with caution.
For those pets who are easily handled, there are several ways to help them find their way home:
Check for a collar or tag with owner or veterinary information.
Take the pet to a local veterinarian to have them checked for a microchip.
Ask neighbors if the pet is familiar to them.
Social media is a new, excellent way to help locate a pet’s home. The following are useful sites/apps to try:
If the pet’s home is unable to be located we recommend contacting Hillsobrough County Lost and Found Pets: https://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/en/residents/animals-and-pets/lost-and-found-pets