Did you know July is National Lost Pet Prevention Month? In honor of that, we wanted to provide you with some tips for making sure your pet stays safe and sound and at home with you!
- First, if you have a dog that lives outside most of the time, make sure the area is fenced and secure. If you notice your pet escaping, watch him the next time he’s outside and see where he goes. Often you can figure out flaws in your fencing design and fix them easily.
- With outdoor dogs and cats, it’s important to make sure they have collars with updated tags. When a friend got divorced a few years ago, she needed to update the phone number on her pet’s tags. It was one of the first things she did. She walked into the pet store and got new tags as soon as possible. These tags can be invaluable if your pet gets away. Make sure they include the pet’s name, phone number and address.
- Consider a microchip. Though these are pricey, they can be priceLESS if they lead to your pet being found and reunited with you!
- Know the shelters in your area and the protocols. If a pet gets picked up, where will people most like take it? Is there a facebook group you can join? Here in town you can join the Mesa County Lost and Found pets group. They aren’t affiliated with a shelter, but with over 11,000 members it’s a great extra resource if you find a pet OR lose one.
- It’s always good to check with your neighbors. Let them know your pet is missing and ask them to keep an eye out. Sometimes your cat has just decided to wander a few doors down and climb a tree!
- If you lose a pet while on vacation, ask around for the nearest shelter and give them your information. Give them a photo of your pet too. Put up signs if you can and post a listing in the local paper. Here in town if you’ve FOUND a pet, it’s free to post an ad with The Daily Sentinel. You can call them at 242-1313 for more information about that. Probably most areas have similar options. If you do lose your pet on vacation, don’t lose hope. We’ve had friends lose their pets as far away as California and still manage to reconnect with them.