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New Study Investigates How to Find a Lost Pet

how to find a lost petThe ASPCA recently published a new national study that dealt with lost dogs and cats. Over 1000 pet guardians were chosen randomly and contacted by phone. The objective was to find out how many pets have been lost and how many ultimately made it home. The study also sought advice from successful pet parents regarding how to find a lost pet.

Study Results

The results of the study are actually quite surprising:

  1. Only 15 percent of owners had lost a dog or a cat in the past five years

  2. Around 85 percent of those lost pets were recovered

  3. The percentage of dogs and cats lost is almost the same: 14 percent for dogs and 15 for cats

  4. Only 74 percent of lost cats were recovered, while 93 percent of lost dogs were recovered

How Were the Lost Pets Found?

The ways in which the pets were returned might also surprise you:

  1. Forty-nine percent of dogs were found in the nearby area, while 15 percent of the dogs were recovered because they were wearing an ID tag or had a microchip

  2. About 59 percent of cats returned home on their own, and 30 percent were found in the neighborhood

  3. Only 6 percent of dog guardians and two percent of cat guardians found their lost pets at a shelter

What We Can Learn From the Results

First and foremost, it’s important to have your pet microchipped. Keep in mind, however, that since most lost pets do not end up at a shelter or vet, the microchip may not help. This is where ID tags become essential.

New ID tags are available with QR codes that can be scanned with any smartphone (a free app for QR codes is available for all smartphones). You simply enter the information you think is important on the internet. It’s a free service and your pet will have his or her own page that can be seen after scanning the tag code. The tags are available in a house shape for cats and small dogs, as well as in a bone shape for medium to large dogs.

QR ID Tag For Medium - Large Dogs
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QR ID Tag For Cats and Small Dogs

Act Immediately

The earlier you start looking for your pet, the higher the chances will be that you’ll find it in the neighborhood. Start asking the neighbors and hanging posters right away.

Hopefully you’ll never have to think about how to find a lost pet, but you never know when they’ll decide to go out in the world by themselves. So, be sure to add an ID tag to their collar. You’ll be happy you did!

Registering a Pet Could Will Prove You Own It

registering a petRegistering a pet is the most important thing to do after you get your pooch (or kitty) and take them to the vet for checkup. While you’re getting the vaccinations, talk to your vet about implanting a chip with your address and other necessary information about your dog. Don’t forget to register the pet with the authorities and get an ID tag as well.

Registering a Pet Prevents Disaster

If this all sounds like too much effort, consider what happened to dog owner in New York. They had their pooch for seven years. One day, the cute tiny dog was playing in the yard. In an instant, he was gone. They looked for him all over the neighborhood, hung flayers with his picture, and promised a $100 reward for anyone who could bring the dog home. They found nothing.

After a while, they found out that their dog was found and was taken to a shelter. The law in New York says that the shelter only needs to wait five days before giving the stray dog up for adoption. They waited seven days and a new family adopted him.

Now the first owner can do nothing, because there was no identification of any kind on the dog. He was treated as a stray. Can you imagine the heartbreak it caused?

You maybe saying that your dog is at home all day, your dog never runs away, or your cat is indoor cat. Well, so was this dog for seven years, and then in one second they lost him for good. It only takes one vet visit to keep your pet with you. Think about it, as registering a pet could make it much less likely that you’ll suffer a similar situation.