Many people call us weekly, saying they have found a stray dog and would like to drop it off at our Center. While we’d love to say “yes, drop them off!” to everyone, we are required to act in accordance with the law. To stay in compliance with local laws, here is what to do:

Vanderpump Rule #1

If you have found a stray dog please check to see if the dog has a collar with a name tag or phone number on it. If the dog does have a collar or name tag, please try and contact the dog’s owner.

Vanderpump Rule #2

If there is no collar or name tag, take the dog to a local veterinarian, shelter, or NKLA Center so they can scan and see if the dog has a microchip. If the dog has a microchip, the shelter or the veterinarian will call the microchip company to locate the owner.

Vanderpump Rule #3

If the dog is not microchipped, or their microchip is not registered, please take him/her to your local animal shelter.

By law, there is a legal hold period in which a dog is still considered property of their owner. After the hold period is over, the dog will be available for adoption. When you drop off the dog at the shelter, you will receive an intake #... hold onto this if you would like to adopt the dog you found or try and network him or her to local rescues like The Vanderpump Dog Foundation.

Please keep in mind that our mission is to rescue as many dogs as possible. We rescue as many as we can, but by law all dogs found must be taken to a local animal shelter to give their owners time to find them if they were lost. Please feel free to contact us with the dogs intake # but know that this does not guarantee we will be allowed or able to rescue the dog.