We have all experienced it; you come home and you cannot find your pet anywhere. It is a gut-wrenching feeling. So we immediately search the neighborhood...we post on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram; we call our neighbors and friends to help us look for them. Sometimes we find them and sometimes we don't.
WHY DO WE LOSE OUR PETS? Well, the reasons are many! Such as the backyard gate isn't closed; hole in a fence; they dig a hole to get out, they run out the front door, and so many more!! It's endless. It happens.
So the REAL question is: WHY CAN'T WE FIND THEM? Now here is the key, so pay attention to this part:
1) The pet does not have a tag on their collar or isn't wearing their collar at all;
2) The collar doens't have the proper identification tags, such as:
a) a Rabies tag (owners can often be traced through the serial number on the Rabies tag); or
b) a name tag with phone number or address of Owner; and
3) The pet is not microchipped or you haven't updated your new address or new phone number with the micro-chipper.
All of these identification methods are a MUST and if you don't have them, you are taking a huge risk! If you don't have these safe guards in place, shame on you. Tags get lost when your dogs play with other dogs? Happens to me all of the time. I either replace them (at any pet store) or you can order collars with your address or phone number printed on the collar itself.
Microchipping is not expensive and your Vet can handle this for you. Call your local SPCA and they have information on special programs that microchip pets.
BOTTOM LINE! Protect your pets and protect your heart. It's a family thing.
I welcome your comments and opinions.