Pet running in or found: what to do?

Have you got a pet or have you found one? No matter whether dog, cat, rabbit, hamster or budgie - you must not just keep the animal, you have to report it. After all, the pet still belongs to the rightful owner. Here's what to do if the worst comes to the worst. Yikes, where are you from? If you have a cat or other animal, you must report it - Shutterstock / zippy

A budgerigar squats in front of your window looking for food? A cat meows on your terrace for days? A dog ran after you home? How, where and whenever you found a pet: You have to report the find and you can't just keep the new animal friend - otherwise you will be punished.

Legally, a boulder still belongs to the owner

If you run into a lonely pet or find one, you must first hand it over. As a finder, you must report the animal to the police, the public order office or an animal shelter, where the erratic boulder is looked after and the actual owner is located. Also possible: Contact the German Central Pet Register TASSO e.V. - under the number 06190-937300 you can get competent help around the clock. Of course, you can and should contact the owner first if you know who the dog, cat, bird or rodent belongs to.

Under certain circumstances, you can at least temporarily take in the animal found. However, this is only possible in consultation with the police or the animal shelter. The animal does not belong to you for the first six months - the boulder remains the property of the owner.

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Pet running in: Find out the owner yourself

If you have a pet, you can ask around in the neighborhood if someone misses their animal partner. Perhaps someone in the neighborhood knows whose pet is exhausted. You should also pay close attention to possible profiles on the street. If you find an animal with a collar, examine it for marks or other indications that refer to the holder. Dogs and cats in particular often have markings such as a tattoo or a chip - markings that are extremely helpful in finding the owner. The microchip for dogs and cats is usually on the left of the neck. It contains a number that a veterinarian can read and which indicates the owner. Attention: It is best not to touch young cats because the velvet paws may then be rejected by their mothers.

Speaking of the veterinarian: If you have found a severely emaciated, exhausted or even injured animal, you must go to the veterinarian immediately.