We talked a bit last month in preparation for the 4th of July, since that holiday is known to be when the most pets go missing thanks to the explosions, flashing lights, and general rowdy hubbub going on in celebration of Independence Day. But one shouldn’t stop being diligent about keeping your pet from going missing or–should that unfortunate scenario occur–taking steps to getting them back safe and sound. July is Lost Pet Prevention Month, meaning we can place a big emphasis on helping pets return home and enjoy being loved by their family once more.
We’ve often lauded getting your pet micro-chipped, so they can be easily scanned by vets or shelters and pull up your owner information. But that doesn’t mean you should forgo a physical tag as well. In fact, the more ways you are able to spread your contact information around regarding your pet, the higher your chances are of a reunion. Remember that over 10 million pets go missing from U.S. homes every year and, on average, only 1 in 10 of these ever find their way back again. So having a microchip, a clear collar and tag, as well as putting up signage with information on your lost pet are all great ways to put the odds in your favor.
Don’t forget your digital resources either! There are numerous websites and forum communities all dedicated to helping lost pets get found and returned home. Look on the lost and found section of craigslist, for instance. Do a google search for lost pets in your hometown and see if there are any active messageboards you can post to. And also look up all local shelters or pet stores and see if anyone has brought in a dog or cat meeting the description of the one you lost. Lastly, definitely get on Facebook and/or Twitter and let your friends and family know about your missing four-legged loved one. They can help spread the word and increase the chances of it getting around to anyone who might’ve come across your pet.
The easier you make it for people to get information, the better. The more you communicate, the better. And the more you are prepared to handle a lost pet situation, the likelier it is you may never have to deal with one in the first place.
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