As a pet owner, as well as a local pet sitter, I can’t think of anything more frightening than the thought of a lost cat or dog. The fact is that 15% of pet owners report having lost a cat or dog sometime in the past 5 years. Of those pets, about 93% of dogs and 74% of cats eventually find their way home safely. Taking a few precautionary steps early on and also getting an immediate start once something happens can help to increase these odds.
An Ounce of Prevention
All dogs (& most cats) should have a collar with their name and contact information, either on a tag or printed on the buckle or stitched into the collar. About 15% of found dogs were returned home just because of this very simple and inexpensive step. Microchips are another very useful tool, but a dog (or cat) must be at a shelter or a veterinarian’s office in order to be scanned. A collar with their name on it is the fastest way for someone to get in contact with you. [Read more…] about Tips for Finding a Lost Dog or Cat