Unfortunately for pet owners, there is not a Lost and Found Box available where missing cats and dogs are placed. However, it is possible to make finding a lost pet easier and less stressful with some simple steps. Every Day is Tag Day, set for April 4, 2020, and sponsored by the American Humane Association, reminds pet owners of the importance of using identification tags for pets every day.
ID Tag Provides First Line Of Defense
A personalized identification tag provides the first line of defense in bringing a wandering pet back home. It is simple, quick, and readily available to inspect by an average citizen if a lost cat or dog appears in the neighborhood. According to data on the American Humane Association website, a study by the National Council on Pet Population explains about 3.7 percent out of nearly 7 million cats and dogs that enter shelters each year are euthanized. Without tags or microchips, the odds don’t get any better with only about 23% of lost dogs and cats making it back home from a shelter or animal control facility.
A personalized identification tag, including the pet’s name and contact info such as a phone number, should be secured to a collar on a pet, even inside-only animals. Equally as important as the tag is using a sturdy, flexible collar in ensure the tag remains in place through lots of wear and tear. An excellent, strong, but adaptable dog collar is Dogit Adjustable Nylon Collar or Sport Collar. Safe Cat Nylon Adjustable Breakaway Cat Collar by Coastal Pet Products provides peace of mind for feline owners with its durable, yet safe breakaway design.
But my cats are all inside and don't wear collars. What should I do?
A reassuring solution for this would definitely be a microchip.
Relatively inexpensive and permanent, a microchip ensures another layer of security, in addition to identification tags on collars. Generally, inserted by a veterinarian between the shoulder blades of a cat or dog, statistics improve greatly for returning a lost pet back to its owner with such a device. Animal shelters, animal control facilities and many vet clinics possess hand-held scanners which reveal a pet’s microchip number.
Your pet's microchip can and should be linked to a database with the owner’s contact information. Statistics report much higher success rates in rejoining lost pets to their homes via chip use. Approximately 52.2 percent of microchipped dogs are returned while about 38.5% of felines make it back with the microchip. Regardless whether a tag or collar is also used, a microchip is always an excellent idea to help prevent the heartbreak of never reclaiming a lost pet.
Microchips Must Be Registered In A National Database
Pet microchips can save the day for a lost pet, but only if the pet owner makes sure to register the chip on a national database. Without that information, the microchip will NOT connect you to your missing pet. This step is vital to help increase the odds your dog or cat can return home.
Some good options for microchips include ADEQUID Standard and Mini Microchips, Home Again, and Mini ISO. Consult your veterinarian about the best option for your pet. If you know your pet will fly internationally, select a chip that can be scanned internationally.
A little extra effort with a personalized pet tag and microchip will help reunite that beloved pet back to your home where it belongs.