Found A Dog?

Sometimes, accidents happen and dogs get out! Before you think “stray”, try to reunite the lost

dog with his owners. Someone out there might be looking for their fur baby! A lost dog might be underweight, hurt or dirty. Its possible that it became that way during the time it was on the run.

Lost house pets are also often frightened or incredibly skittish - this doesn’t always mean that

the dog was abused or neglected!

To re-unite a dog with their owners:

  1. Check for tags or a microchip. A local shelter or vet office can scan for a chip for you at no charge. If there is a chip and it is NOT registered, ask the chip manufacturer which shelter or vet office put the chip in. They should have records that can link you back to the owners!
  2. Post flyers in the area the dog was found.
  3. Post ads online. Craigslist, Facebook, Instagram with hash tags, newspaper, pet finder, etc are all useful online tools!
  4. Look for Lost Dog flyers/posting online and in the area where the dog was found.
  5. Contact local shelters. Most owners will file lost dog reports with their local shelter. 

Legal Obligations to Consider

Most cities have a “holding period” which means that you are required to try and find the dog's owners. Once this hold time has expired and no ownership claims have come forward,

then you can start looking at re-homing options.


“I’ve done everything mentioned above… what now?”

If you have done everything above and unsuccessfully reunited your stray dog with his or her owner, or you have rescued a dog from a shelter, bad situation, etc. the following applies to you:

South of the Bully is not a shelter. We are a foster based rescue and if we do not have open fosters we are closed to all intakes. We have very limited resources. However, we have done this a time or two, and would like to help you successfully place your homeless dog. The following things make your dog marketable:

Spay or neuter: Our area is FILLED with low cost spay and neuter options! Certain zip codes

qualify for free spay and neuters or discounted services. Contact your local animal control

for a list of local resources.

Talk about it! Spread the word about your foster dog! Post adoption ads online (facebook, instagram, etc). Take your foster on outings with an adopt me bandana on. Petsmart, dog friendly restaurants or parks are great ways to get your dog out there.

“I need to surrender my dog.”

We are not a shelter, we rely entirely on foster homes to place our dogs.  If you would like SOTB to consider accepting your dog please email a bio, photographs, vet information, and contact info to  In the bio of your dog please be honest about any behavior issues, in order to help you we need to have all the information so we can do our best to help your dog.  If our intake is closed, or we cannot take on your dog we occasionally post courtesy listings to our facebook page.  Any contact with SOTB is not a guarantee we can help you with your pet.  Each dog is considered on an individual basis.

- Adapted from Alamo City Pit Bull Rescue and Rehabilitation

Strays & Owner Surrenders