We all try hard to take care of our pets and make sure that they aren’t in a position to get lost. The truth is, though, we aren’t perfect, and we can’t always foresee individual situations. A close friend of mine recently moved to a new home and put her beloved cats in secure room. Someone helping with furniture accidentally opened the door, and one of the frightened cats slipped out and disappeared through the front door. My friend was distraught and had thought there was no way it could happen, but it did. 1 out of 3 pets get lost during their lifetime.
Did you know that 90% of lost pets that eventually reunite with their families have some kind of ID or tag? The rest are lost forever. Less than 22% of dogs and 2% of cats that end up in a shelter reunite without some type of tag or ID. Out of 182 million dogs and cats in the USA, 10 million are lost each year, and 90% without proper ID never return home.
No matter how careful we are, our pets can go lost during a trip to the veterinarian, or they can slip out of our homes during a storm. The only way to add insurance for a reunion is to make sure that a pet can easily be identified if found. Unfortunately, simple solutions aren’t always enough. A plain tag can be outdated, and a microchip alone can be missed.
The best way to keep your pet safe is to make it easy to engage the community allowing us all to help each other.