How to Increase Your Chances of Finding Your Lost Pet
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Every day pets across the country will go missing, and an ASPCA survey found that only 3 percent of cats and 23 percent of dogs will be returned on average to their owners. 
The unfortunate truth is that unexpected events happen, such as severe weather, that could cause owners to become separated from their pets. Most people who lose pets do so in a manner that they believed could not happen.  
Cats that go lost are found less frequently than dogs. This might have to do with the fact that more people microchip their dogs. Also, when a dog goes missing, owners tend to look for it immediately; whereas, cat owners tend to wait an average of three days before searching.

How to Increase Chances of Finding a Lost Pet

  • Microchip or Tatoo your dog or cat.
  • Make sure your dog or cat is wearing a personalized collar and identification tags anytime they are outside.
  • Know where all local shelters are located. 
  • Use social media to share pictures of the lost pet.
  • Put up local flyers.
  • Don't wait to search yard and neighborhood when a pet is missing.

What Should Appear on Pet's ID Tag(s)

Tag 1

  • Pet's name
  • Phone number 
  • City of residence
  • Address if space allows and you are comfortable listing that much personal information. 

Tag 2

  • Proof of current rabies vaccination

Tag 3

  • Microchip company name and phone number.
  • Or Tatoo number of pet.
Any of these pet tags should be changed as soon as any information has changed or if the tags become worn, scratched, or lost.
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