July is National Pet Loss Prevention Month and a subject close to Hobo the Wonder Dog’s heart. Every two seconds a pet becomes separated from their family in the United States. Those who have become separated from their pets know every second matters and being prepared for the unthinkable is the best option for being reunited with your pet. Positive outcomes of a lost pet are usually those where the owner is prepared and acts quickly. With any emergency, knowing what to do and acting quickly reduces stress and improves results. Pets with the best odds of being reunited with their families are those easily identified with identification tags and microchips.
Four Pet loss prevention tips:
· Secure the home and play areas. Make sure doors, windows, and gates are secure.
· Personalized identification tag and microchip. Securely attached identification tags to collars making sure contact information is accurate. Microchips are only as good as the information provided to the service, make sure contact information is current and up to date.
· Maintain current pictures of your pet, representative of how they look to help others easily identify them and post on social media.
· Spay and neuter your pet, this will help prevent unwanted animals and lessen their natural instinct to roam.
It only takes a second for your pet to dart out a door or gate and out of sight. Notify neighbors your pet is lost, circulate pictures, and notify your microchip service provider, many will alert area shelters, veterinarians, businesses, and residents in the area to be on the lookout for your pet. Never underestimate the power of social media, posting a picture of your pet, and its last known location can also be helpful. Remember not everyone is plugged into social media and electronic notifications. Technology is a great tool but, I recommend posters on utility poles and storefronts canvas the neighborhood — knock on doors and talk with people on the street. The more people aware you are looking for your pet the more eyes you have helping you reunite with your family.
July is Pet Loss Prevention Month and prevention is always the best strategy. Take time this month to update your pet’s information on their identification tag, and your microchip service provider. If you have not yet microchipped your pet — make Pet Loss Prevention Month chip your pet month. The cost of microchipping your pet can range from 10 to 50 dollars we recommend price comparing local shelters and veterinarians.
Hobo the Wonder Dog is chipped, tagged and often wears a GPS tracking device. Hobo is seldom left alone and constantly monitored. Sometimes prevention and diligents is not enough to keep your Houdini escape artist from escaping and knowing what to do and acting quickly will help reunite your family.
Life is better with a dog.
Hobo is a rescue dog out to make a difference in animal rescue and education. Please follow Hobo on Facebook at Hobo the Wonder Dog or contact him at: [email protected]