Lost Pet Prevention
Did you know 1 in 3 pets will go missing in their lifetime? The best way to protect your pet is to be inseparable, but of course, that’s not always possible. Even so, the best course of action is to make sure you have done everything you can to prevent your pet from getting lost — just in case.
Lost your Pet?
We understand that losing your pet is very scary, but by being organized and diligent, we hope to help reunite you with your beloved family member with these tips:
Check your home thoroughly
- “Lost Pet” header at the top
- A large, high-quality, close-up photo of your pet
- Your pet's name
- When and where you last saw him/her
- Your contact information in heavy, bold, large lettering
Contact all of the area shelters
Ask friends, family and neighbors
Call your veterinarian
Don't give up!
Lost Pet Prevention Tips
Microchip Your Pet
Microchipping is a simple way to protect your pet and increase the chances of a reunion if they go missing. Vets and shelters can scan for the microchip, which will include your name and contact information. The process for getting a microchip implanted is completely painless, and your pet will have no idea it’s there.
Keep Collars & ID Tags Up-to-Date
While it may seem obvious, collars and ID tags with up-to-date information can be extremely vital for someone to be able to identify and return your lost pet. Many pet owners have even invested in Apple AirTags which custom collars can be created for that also include your current contact information.
Spay & Neuter Your Pet
Not only is spaying and neutering important to prevent overpopulation and keep more pets from ending up in shelters, but it’s also key to keeping your pets from wandering off and getting lost. Unneutered males have a higher tendency to wander off from your home and get lost trying to seek out females. Females will also benefit from spaying surgery, as fewer males will attempt to seek them out.
Keep Your Pet on a Leash
Keeping your pet on that leash is one of the best ways to prevent your pet from getting lost. There are a variety of styles of leashes for different types of dogs and different environments, so make sure you find the right fit for both you and your dog. For instance, if you’re going for a walk in the park where other animals might be present, you should have a shorter leash with more control so you can regulate them easier.
Be Safe in the Car
An easy time for pets to escape is when they’re in the car. They could easily run off when you open the car door, or even if you open the window too far. Leashes and seatbelts can be a lifesaver in the car for pet escape artists. Finally, do not leave your dog alone in the car — not only is it unsafe, but someone could actually break into your car just to steal your dog.
Secure Your Yard
One of the most common ways a pet gets lost is when they escape their yard. Make sure you double-check the fencing around your property. Even if they can’t jump the fence, they may be able to dig their way out. It is also a good idea to check for any loose panels or boards that your pet can fit through to prevent them from squeezing through the fence. If you do not have a fence, ensure your pet is properly leashed so they do not run away.
Lost Your Pet?
Whether you’re looking to adopt, volunteer or simply want to chat about your love for animals, we’re all ears (and paws). Contact us today!