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Old 11-29-2018, 01:36 PM
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Question Capturing a Stray Dog

Hello, I am trying to help 3 stray dogs that haved lived on the campus where I am a student in San Antonio for the past 3 months but need advice. These dogs do not seem to have a home and are very much street dogs but are non-agressive to people and come to campus for food most likely. 2 of them will eat a dog treat from my hand or lick dog food off my hand but any move to touch them or leash them they quickly bolt away. The other one is injured and will not come with 5 feet.

I have tried to get the help of the local animal shelter but they were unable to capture them (I don't know how hard they tried) and set a humane trap which has not worked. I have given them dog food on about 4 occasions and they will eat close to me but again, they are very skittish and run if any quick movement is made. I feed them from a sitting, non-threatening position and move slowly, don't make eye contact, etc.

Any ideas of how I can get these dogs to trust me enough to leash them? Maybe it just takes regular feeding? My goal is to get them to a shelter and hopefully in homes eventually.

Thank you!

PS-If there are past threads on this my apologies, I could not find a related topic in search.
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Old 11-29-2018, 04:05 PM
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It sounds like you're getting it right, but I guess it depends on their past experiences with people how long it will take. The longest I've had was 5 days, but he was right outside my house so I was out there talking to him and feeding him all the time. When he finally wriggled out from under our car and I leashed him I felt sooo guilty. especially as I then had to let the vet muzzle and check him so he didn't pass on anything nasty to my other dogs. He didn't like that at all.Then it took 3 years for him to settle and stop biting us (although he was well worth the effort).

It would be good to hear in the future that you got them to a shelter and they went on to happy homes. Good luck

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Try contacting rescue groups in your area. Here's one example:

I think it would be much better to work with a private rescue group than a public shelter. You need to find a rescue group that will rehabilitate the dogs, foster them, and place them in homes.

The problem with a public shelter is that the dogs will most likely end up in kennels with not much care. They may end in good homes, and they might not. I don't know what the euthanasia rate at your local shelter, but keep in mind that dogs that are easily "adoptable" can be at risk.
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