The loss of a pet can be devastating. Nine out of ten pet owners say that they consider their pets as parts of the family, and the statistics on the matter support that statement wholeheartedly. The U.S. pet care industry brought in $52.87 billion in 2011, and $5 billion annually goes to Christmas gifts for pets. When a pet turns up missing, it’s just like losing a close family member for many. The keys to keeping your beloved furry family member where he or she belongs are twofold: prepare your pet for the event of an emergency by purchasing pet ID tags and know how to effectively enlist the help of your community.
Pet ID Tags
Dog tags for pets come in a variety of formats. Though some pet owners are opting to fit their pets with underskin microchips that, when scanned, provide identifying information and a phone number, many others see microchip implantation as costly and unnecessary. Instead, they choose engraved pet tags that can be worn on the collar and display information like the pet’s name and a contact number for his or her family.
Common metals for dog tags for pets are aluminum, stainless steel, and brass, though reflective pet tags are also gaining popularity because they can also help prevent vehicular accidents. Dog tags for pets are a key part of preparing your pet in case of an emergency.
When a pet is lost, it is critical that you provide helpful information to your community as they help you in your search. Here are a few tips for a successful lost pet search:
- Make at least twenty posters that contain important information about your missing pet. The words “LOST CAT” or “LOST DOG” should be large and visible from 20 feet. Also include a photo of the pet, his or her name, a description of the pet’s appearance, his or her breed and gender, and your phone number.
- Wherever you post, list the name that you actually use to call the pet. If your pet’s real name is “Sir Fluffington,” but you usually call him “Fluffers,” list “Fluffers” on the poster. He might not come when called “Sir Fluffington”.
- Withhold one specific, identifying mark or trait. Use that information to confirm that a caller has indeed found your pet.
- Place the posters in plastic sheet protectors and use duct tape to seal the opening to protect it from the weather. If it must be placed on a pole thinner than the poster, place a piece of cardboard behind it so that it can be seen easily.
The key to bringing a missing pet home safely is to be prepared. Have your pet fitted with one of the many dog tags for pets that are available and get posters out as quickly as possible.