Once you’ve found your pet, ensure his or her safety by
- Keeping a collar, license and identification tag on your pet at all times. Lost animals wearing identification are usually returned directly home.
- Microchiping your pet. Microchips are a painless, permanent form of identification. The inert microchip inserted under your pet’s skin is encoded with a number that is registered in a national database and can traced back to you, 24-hours a day.
- Keeping your cat indoors. Cats allowed to roam outside don’t live as long- it’s that simple. Consider building a safe enclosure for your cat or only allowing her outdoors when supervised. It’s especially important to confine your cat during early morning and evening hours when coyotes, foxes, and hawks are looking for prey.
- Having your pet spayed or neutered. Altered animals are less likely to roam from home and if they do, they don’t contribute to pet-overpopulation.
- Upgrading your cat's lifestyle! Indoor cats live longer, healthier lives. Welcome your feline friend into your home to show how much you care.
- Confining your dog. If your yard isn’t fenced, consider investing in a free-standing dog kennel. Tethering your dog is not a safe alternative and will not protect him from other aggressive dogs, wildlife, theft, or dangerous entanglement. If your dog is left alone each day, consider doggy day care or a neighborhood cooperative play group.