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SPAZ- Society for the Protection of Stray Animals SINCE 1987

DID YOU FIND AN ANIMAL?

If you find a lost pet and want to help it please follow the below steps:

1.    If it is wearing a collar without a name tag check the inner side as well.  Sometimes pet owners write their phone number on the inside of the collar.

2.    Walk with the animal (using a collar and a leash) around the area you found it.  Ask around in the neighborhood in case someone recognizes it.  Maybe the animal will guide you to his home.

3.    If you do not find his home, take it to your house ONLY if you are able to take it in yourself or someone you know and trust.  Otherwise leave it where you found it in the hope that the next person will be able to take care of it.  Animal rescue societies do not have the facilities to take animals off the street.  They rely on volunteers that try to accommodate in their homes as many animals as they can.

4.    Go to the nearest vet and check whether the animal has a microchip.  If it does, and the Hellenic Veterinary Association is open, call (210 5202 901, 210 5226 769) and find out if the microchip is registered and if someone is looking for it.  If the microchip is not registered or the owner has not declared it lost yet then notify the HVA that you found it and leave your details so that the may contact you.

5.    Notify the local animal rescue society or group of animal rescue volunteers

6.    Take good photographs

7.    Notify the local Police Department in the area where you found it.  Make sure the incident has been recorded in the lost and found book and not on a random piece of paper.

8.    If you have access to the web and various social media, post it immediately (don’t forget a photograph):
-       on your profile
-       on the profile of any of your contacts who live, work, visit or have friends in the area where you found it
-       on the pages of animal rescue societies or teams

9.    Immediately print posters (Α4 size) that have the word FOUND written at the top in big red letters, including a photograph and a description of the animal (name, breed or stray, sex, color, size etc.) the date and area where you found it and your phone number.  If the animal has a microchip do not mention its number (especially if it is a pedigree).  The animal’s owner will prove the pet is his by giving you the microchip number.

Put up posters on street lights etc.
-       in the area where you found it
-       in vet clinics and pet shops in the area
-       in super markets, kiosks
-       on bus stops, bakeries, schools and other highly frequented spots

Be sure to check them regularly.  Sometimes the sun or the rain can destroy them.  They may also be removed by other people.

10.    If you find the pet’s owner meet with him at a vet of your choice in order to deliver the animal.  Prepare a text – Statement of Delivery and Receipt of a dog (or cat) in 3 copies (one for you, one for the owner and one for the vet) stating that you (your details) have delivered his pet to him (name, address, telephone number, ID number, pet’s details and microchip number) which you found in this area on that date and delivered at the vet clinic of the particular veterinarian (name, address, phone number).  You can find a sample of this Statement on SPAZ’s website (www.spazgreece.gr).

- If the animal does not have a microchip you have to obligate the owner to place one before you give it back.  Law 4039/12 clearly states that all pet owners are obligated to place a microchip and register it with the Hellenic Veterinary Association.  In that case, you should add on the Statement of Delivery and Receipt that a microchip was placed in your presence by the veterinarian and mention its number.  For the whole process to be completed correctly you should call the Hellenic Veterinary Association a few days later to make sure that the microchip has been registered.

- If the animal has a registered microchip, ask the owner to show you the pet’s health booklet and check that the number is the same.

- If the animal has a NON registered microchip, ask the owner to show you the pet’s health booklet and check that the number is the same.  Call the Hellenic Veterinary Association a few days later to make sure that the microchip has been registered.

Remember that a NON registered microchip is the same as a nonexistent microchip.

The local animal rescue association can guide you through the process.