On July 5, animal shelters typically are at their busiest with missing pets who bolted from their homes during the fireworks from the night before. In recognition of that, July is National Lost Pet Prevention Month. If your pet should go missing, here are the three top ways to help recover them and ensure a happy reunion between you and your furry pal.
#1: Supply your pet with multiple identification forms
When it comes to identification methods, the more, the better. Keep a collar on your pet that has an identification tag with your phone number and other pertinent information, and ensure the tag is legible, current, and securely attached. Another form of identification, and the only permanent one, is a microchip. This tiny chip is inserted just under your pet’s skin between their shoulder blades and emits a unique number when scanned. That number is then entered into a national microchip database to find the registration company. The company holds all of your personal information and will be the one to contact you, so update your phone number and address as needed.
#2: Keep a current, color picture of your pet on hand
Although that Snapchat filter creates an adorable picture of your cat, it won’t be much help if your pet goes missing. Instead, regularly take clear, color pictures of your pet that include unique markings or physical features. By having a current picture on hand at all times, you can create missing pet posters and claim ownership when you find your pet.
#3: Use the power of social media to find your pet
Pet lovers make up a huge network on social media, and they are incredibly helpful in sharing missing pet posts. Use social media groups to share information about your missing pet on your local area and lost pets pages. Encourage friends and family to do the same, and word will spread and hopefully help reunite you and your pet much more quickly.