It could happen any time. Your pet becomes frightened during a storm and bolts out the door. Your cat or dog may get loose while on a car trip or visit to the veterinarian's office. Without identification, your pet has no way of getting back to you.
As a service to the community, our shelter maintains a record of lost and found animals. We are proud of all the happy reunions we have made possible. Our shelter brought together Bo and his family (photo).
Bo was lost for 24 agonizing days and was not wearing I.D. His grief-stricken owners feared they would never see their beloved German shepherd again. Bo was inconsolable - crying for the people he missed.
At our shelter, heartbreak gave way to sheer joy. This dog and his family locked eyes and hearts after a painfully long separation.
We suggest microchipping your pet for added security, but not as a substitute for an I.D. tag. Both measures protect your pet in a variety of circumstances. For example, if a neighbor finds your pet, the I.D. tag will be of immediate assistance.
Microchipping is valuable when a tag has been removed or is lost. The microchip can be read by scanners at veterinary offices and shelters. Your veterinarian or Animal Control can perform the microchipping.
WHAT TO DO IF YOUR PET IS LOST
A kiss is worth a thousand words. D.J. is grateful that our shelter reunited him with his family.
1) Immediately post flyers with a description and photo of your pet. Distribute to stores, gas stations, grooming salons, veterinarian offices, the mail carrier, etc. Postal workers may see your pet in one of the many neighborhoods where they deliver mail. Offer a reward. The sooner you post the fliers, the better your chances will be of finding your pet.
2) Alert shelters and visit them often. Extend your search to neighboring counties. Someone may have picked up your pet and taken it to a shelter 20 miles away.
3) Run ads in local papers. Sometimes radio/TV stations will help, especially if the pet has a medical problem or there is a child grieving over the loss of the pet.
4) Keep your porch light on and leave food and water out in case your pet finds its way home in the middle of the night.
Defenders of Animal Rights operates a shelter for homeless animals. For more information, contact:
Defenders of Animal Rights, Inc. 14412 Old York Road Phoenix, MD 21131 410 527-1466
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