If you find a lost or stray pet, here is what you can do
Who doesn’t love spending at least a little time petting a friendly dog, cat or any other pet you may have an affinity for? There have been a lot of studies published that suggest people who own pets are healthier and live longer. Even though many of us would love to have a house full of animals, it isn’t always a good idea. So, if you’ve had the urge to help, but are still wondering where you can take a stray dog/cat in Cleveland, OH, Spitzer Kia Cleveland has some recommendations. We want our blog to be more about more than just a place to find information about new and pre-owned Kia vehicles. Here are some places you can take animals who might need to find a new home.
Cleveland area animal shelters
Cleveland Animal Protective League
1729 Willey Avenue
NE Ohio SPCA Shelter and Clinic
9555 Brookpark Road
Cleveland Animal Care & Control
2690 West 7th Street
Berea Animal Rescue Fund
390 Barett Road
Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter
9500 Sweet Valley Drive
Valley View, OH
Parma Animal Shelter
6260 State Road
Lakewood Animal Shelter
1299 Metropark Drive
Geauga Humane Society Rescue Village
15463 Chillicothe Road
What should I do if I find a stray cat/dog?
It’s pretty easy to understand how a lost pet could be scared, hurt or hungry. Not to mention how worried their humans will feel. If you can safely corral the animal, here are few helpful tricks you might need if this is your first foray into being someone’s hero.
Your safety is the most important – You can’t help anything or anyone if you get injured trying to round up a lost pet. If you’re on the road, do not slam on the brakes – this will likely cause more problems than you’re solving. Pull completely off the road and get clear of traffic.
Move slowly – A stray animal on the side of the road is likely to be pretty skittish. If you can get out of the car, move slowly; any sudden or unexpected movements could cause them to bolt into traffic.
Call for help – If you can coax them into your vehicle, it is inadvisable to drive with a strange animal roaming around the inside of your vehicle. Getting back on the road could scare them further and having to extract a frightened animal out from under a car seat is exceptionally dangerous. Instead, stay in place and call the local police non-emergency number or one of the shelters we’ve listed above. Either will be able to advise you of what should be done next.
Stop by Spitzer Kia Cleveland if there is anything we can do to help with your next vehicle purchase or service.