It’s estimated that 1 in 3 pets go missing in their lifetime.
1 in 3!!
There are 2 easy ways to avoid heartbreak and increase your chance for reunification with your pet should this ever happen to you. The first is get your pet microchipped, and the second is by having your dog wear a collar with an id tag.
Microchips and ID tags are the best ways to be reunited with a lost pet because they both provide your contact information in the event that your pet gets lost.
A microchip is a small electronic chip that is implanted under your pet's skin. It’s painless, we promise. The chip contains a unique number that can be scanned by a veterinarian or shelter. If your pet is lost or stolen, the chip can be scanned to find your contact information. Keep in mind that the chip must be registered in order to find your contact information. Note that this is not a GPS device and does not track your pet.
An ID tag is a tag that you attach to your pet's collar. The tag typically includes your name, address, and phone number. A digital id tag (often with a qr code) allows you to update your profile at any time and you can add additional information like what to feed your pet when found, or types of behavior they might exhibit. The rescue hero will use their smartphone to scan the tag and you’ll know instantly that your lost pet has been found!
Microchips are a great way to help reunite lost pets with their pet parents.
However, they are not a replacement for an ID tag. An ID tag is the first line of defense in helping to get your pet back if they get lost. If your pet is found by a stranger, they will likely check for an ID tag before taking the pet to a shelter or veterinarian. If your pet does not have an ID tag, the stranger will not be able to contact you and your pet may never be reunited with you.
Here are some tips on how to increase the chances of being reunited with a lost pet:
- Keep your pet's ID tag up-to-date with your current contact information.
- Microchip your pet. Pets with microchips are reunited with their pet parents more than 52% of the time!
- Post lost pet ads in your local newspaper and online.
- Contact your local animal shelter and veterinarian.
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