PET INFORMATION ATTENTION! PET POOPS / YOU SCOOP Please be respectful of community grounds and neighbors’ yards. If your pet poops during your walk, be prepared to scoop and trash. Come with a scooper and a recycled grocery bag or anything else. It may not be the most fabulous way to walk your pet, but it does show your respect for every homeowner and our beautiful community. VETERINARY PUBLIC HEALTH DIVISION (Formerly called Harris County Animal Control) The Veterinary Public Health Division posts photos of all animals found on their website and updates it twice daily. If you have lost your pet, please check this website, www.hcphes.org/vph. Have you lost a pet? Start your search immediately, don’t wait to make flyers. Contact all possible animal control or animal welfare agencies in the area. Visit each location at least every other day. Call your pet’s veterinarian and the microchip company to make sure they have current contact information for you. A citizen may try to call the veterinarian’s office or microchip company themselves from your pet’s tags. Call all the veterinarians in your area to alert them to the description of your lost pet in case someone brings it to their clinic. Check with your neighbors, especially families with children and ask if they’ve seen a pet that looks like yours. Search your neighborhood on foot, your pet maybe be nearby but is injured and unable to get back home. Leave a towel or article of clothing with your scent on it outside of your home. Your pet may be disorientated and will be attracted by your scent. Have you found a pet? First, think of the animal as lost and not abandoned and make every effort to reunite the animal to an owner. Contact the HCPH VPH office by telephone and report the animal as found. Bring the animal to the HCPH VPH facility or check with a local veterinarian to scan the animal for a microchip. Return to the place where you found the animal and put up a found pet poster near that location. If you find the owner, especially off a newspaper or website posting, ask them to provide a picture of the animal and meet in a public place like a police station. More information about Microchips & Microchip companies A microchip is a small device (size of a grain of rice) that is permanent and implanted with a needle under the skin of pets. Pets do not have to be given any pain medication or anesthesia to implant a microchip. Microchips are not likely to move or need repair if implanted correctly. Microchips, when scanned, show a unique code. The microchip must be registered with the corresponding microchip manufacture to record any owner and animal data. Microchips do not work like GPS locators or LoJack and cannot give a signal to find the location of your lost pet. SOURCE Harris county Public Health Department, Veterinary Public Health (formerly called Harris County Animal Control), 612 Canino Road, Houston, Texas 77076, 281-999-3191, www.hcphes.org/vph. HARRIS COUNTY LEASH LAW Animals that are not properly restrained pose a threat to all our residents. While you may know your pet is friendly, an animal running at someone who is walking by is very scary for that person. Many children are afraid of animals and become frightened, which could result in the child getting hurt trying to avoid the animal. Harris County Animal Control advises, “All dogs and cats must be kept under restraint while in the unincorporated areas of Harris County, Texas. The custodian of a dog or cat is not authorized to have, harbor or keep any unlicensed dog or cat nor to allow any dog or cat to become a stray.” Restraint is defined as “the control of a dog or cat under the following circumstances: 1. When it is controlled by a line or leash not more than six (6) feet in length, if the line or leash is held by a human being, who is capable of controlling or governing the dog or cat in question 2. When it is within a fully enclosed vehicle 3. When it is on the premise of the custodian and the animal does not have access to sidewalk or street.” While it may be nice to have your animal out in the yard while you work or play, it is against the law, unless the animal is properly restrained. Let’s all help keep our community a safe and comfortable place for all our residents by being responsible pet owners. This will not only protect anyone who may be walking or bicycling in the area, but also the pet owner who could be held legally responsible or possibly sued for failing to properly restrain their pet. Please remember that cats fall under the same laws as dogs and must be licensed and kept restrained when not on the premises of the owner. We’ve been told that spreading moth balls in flower beds might keep cats away. To make a complaint or report an animal that is not properly restrained please contact: Harris County Precinct #5, Contract #87: 281-463-6666 Harris County Animal Control: 281-999-3191 Harris County Health Department, Rabies/Animal Control Section 2223 West Loop South, Houston, Texas 77027-3588 www.countypets.com LOVING ARMS PET PLACEMENT DONATE WITHOUT SPENDING MONEY People often say “I wish I could donate to your organization, but I’m low on funds.” That’s alright. How would you like to help Loving Arms Pet Placement rescue on a regular basis without spending a cent? To donate painlessly, go to www.krogercommunityrewards.com, enter 84029, click on Loving Arms Pet Placement to attach our rescue to your Kroger card. Each time you use your Kroger card, LAPP gets money donated to our vet bills from Kroger. CUSTOM GIFT WRAPPING! As our final fundraiser, from December 17th-24th, we will be happy to wrap purchases from Barnes and Noble as well as other gifts you bring in. Gift Wrapping at Barnes and Noble Champions Shopping Center, 5303 FM 1960, Houston, TX 77069. Loving Arms Pet Placement is a non-profit foster-based dog and cat rescue in the Copperfield area. Visit Loving Arms Pet Placement website at www.lovingarmspetplacement.com or visit us at Petsmart on Highway 6 and FM 529 each Saturday from 11 AM until 5 PM.