There are thousands and thousands of stray animals in the world today who do not really have anyone caring for them. Animal shelters bring in hundreds of stray dogs every day. Since the number of stray dogs is so great, finding homes for all them is extremely difficult and sometimes it is impossible. There are more stray dogs being euthanized in animal shelters now than ever before because they are overpopulated. I am sure you have all been to the store or in a certain neighborhood in your town where cats and dogs are running free because they have no one to take care of them. There are certain things you can do to help a stray pet that can change the lives of an animal and even change yours.
Determine if the stray animal you are helping is really a stray.
There is a big difference that is typically easily recognizable in determining if an animal you have found is a stray or a lost pet. If the animal you have found is wearing a collar or seems to have been groomed or fed, they may not be a stray animal. However, if the animal you found is extremely shy or timid and is not wearing a collar, chances are that they are a stray.
What should you do?
I have found a stray animal before. One morning, I went to the store to pick up a few essentials and saw a small kitten sleeping in a chair by the door. I actually did not think it was real until I walked over and started petting him. I picked him up even though he was a little timid and brought him in the store with me. The employee told me that he was abandoned there and his owner did not want him anymore. I already had a cat carrier in my car and felt that was enough of a sign that I needed to help him.
When dealing with an animal in which you do not know their medical background, it is important to never let that animal near your others. I brought that little kitten home with me and took care of him. I kept him separated from my other cats and dogs, as you should if you ever find yourself in that situation, and I searched for a new home for him. Eventually, he did find a new home and it was one of the best feelings you could ever imagine. I saved the life of a helpless, abandoned kitten.
How can this apply to you?
If you ever are in a situation in which there is an animal in need and you are in a position to help, I would advise you to help. Animals cannot always take care of themselves and this is why they need owners. Helping a stray or abandoned animal does give you a feeling of purpose and success because you know in your heart that you are doing everything you can to help a precious life.