While some stray dogs are timid and grow quite afraid of humans because of the heavy abuse they received. The streets have toughened up others and they have become quite aggressive. Assess the situation with any stray dog before you decide to approach, especially if the animal is a large dog breed.
Do not handle the Animal without Protection
Stray dogs are prone to illness and diseases caused by being infected with parasites. They can develop complications due to improper diet from eating out of garbage bins and indulging in rotten food. Use a plastic glove when handling these animals at first. Ensure that if you do decide to oversee the stray dog, you place a collar and leach on the animal before moving with it.
If you notice an injured stray dog, you can do two things. Get help and secure the animal and bring it to the nearest Veterinarian. Of course, any expenses will have to be borne by you. You can also call the animal service and they will pick up the wounded animal and get it treated.
Always get the stray dog checked before keeping
If you find a stray dog that you plan on keeping, the first thing you should do is at least post a picture of the animal to see if it has an owner and still looking for his/her dog. If you get no response from seeking the owner, then you need to take your new dog to see the Veterinarian to have the animal thoroughly assessed. You need to ascertain the animal’s age and nutrition background. Get the animal vaccinated against dog diseases.
Homing the Stray Dog
I am sure some animal shelter is deeply thanking the hundreds of thousands of warm heart people who have taken home stray dogs and make them part of the family. Get your dog some dog supplies such as bedding, dog house, play area and just about anything that will make your new dog happy and comfortable.