We’ve all seen a stray dog at some point. I completely understand folks not wanting to approach a dog in this situation. You may be in a hurry. Or, you might not feel comfortable trying to secure an unknown dog. In this case, please call us, so we can send an officer to the location. These "dog loose in traffic” calls are very high priorities, second only to injured animal calls and calls reporting attacks in progress. Our number is 650/340-7022. If you’ve managed to secure the dog and have him or her in your car, home or yard, that call is less urgent since the dog is out of immediate danger. If the dog has an ID tag with the owner’s contact information, please call the number. It’s always best if the reunion can happen like this, as opposed to the dog coming to our facility. If the dog doesn’t have an ID tag with contact information, you can bring the dog to our facility (the one on Airport Boulevard., at Coyote Point in San Mateo) or call for an officer pick-up, which we will do as quickly as possible. At any given time, we may have other pending calls, some of which are true emergencies. Some people who rescue dogs from harm’s way express an interest in adopting should an owner not come forward. This is fantastic. In fact, people in this situation can actually keep the dog in their care, once they complete a Found Animal Report with us, and have the dog scanned for a microchip form of identification. Many people have adopted pets this way. Finally, if you find a stray that you feel comfortable handling and need to bring him or her to our facility after hours, we have a night drop kennel. We kindly ask that people complete a brief form indicating where and when the dog was found.
Scott oversees PHS/SPCA’s Customer Service, Behavior and Training, Education, Outreach, Field Services, Cruelty Investigation, Volunteer and Media/PR program areas and staff. His companion, Murray, oversees him.