While people who spot a dog wandering around without an owner should immediately call their local animal shelter, people should remember that not every lost pup is a stray. In fact, some canines just need to find their way home again.
Denise Novak, one of the co-founders of Save 1 Pet, an organization in Memphis, Tennessee, knows this. According to CommercialAppeal.com
, the kindhearted woman spends her days visiting different rescue shelters in the area and spreading the word about dogs who come in.
Novak points to one instance where a pooch named Oliver, who ran out of his home and lost his way, was eventually returned to his owners.
"Thankfully the owner checked with neighbors and was able to track down what happened to the dog," Novak told the news outlet. "But the [public's] mindset needs to change. People need to know that they are not a good judge of 'Is this a stray or someone's beloved pet?'"
According to the Humane Society of the United States, between 3 and 4 million dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters every year.