Dogs that escape

Regardless of how careful you are, dogs escape from homes or run away while on outings. The number one reason is not neutering or spaying. Many times they aren't lost; they're escaping because their hormones are raging.

Here are some things you can do:


  • Take pictures of your dog.
  • Attach an ID tag to your dog’s collar with your telephone number.
  • Make sure your gate is securely closed at all times.
  • Make sure your wall is too high for the dog to jump.
  • NEVER open the gate while the dog is loose in the yard.
  • Bring your dog inside or put it in a secure place during stormy weather or fire works.


  • Look for him within the neighbourhood, but outside of it too – dogs can go a long way in a short time.
  • Print posters with your dog’s picture and distribute in the area (on lamp posts, in business places, etc.)
  • Post the dog’s picture and the circumstances on all the animal welfare sites on social media.
  • Contact the TTSPCA and give them a copy of the poster – make sure it has your number on it
  • Consider offering a reward.
  • Contact all your friends and family and ask them to spread the word. 
  • If it is a large breed, or one the public may be afraid of, alert the police and ask them to call you if he is seen.