While talking with a neighbor outside the Youngsville post office recently, I saw a cat hurrying along the street, seeming lost. It was a terrible place to pass through for a small animal, with cars pulling in and out of the parking area on a busy street. A young cat, maybe no more than four months of age, it quickly chose an alleyway to pass through, enough of a distance away from cars and people to be safe.
But as it disappeared out of sight, I wondered: if it was a lost pet, would its owner be able to find it? It was wearing no visible means of ID, no collar, no tag.
Pets can get lost in the blink of an eye, whether it’s a bird, cat, dog, or ferret. When your pet is missing, it’s a terrible feeling, and one that you’ll never want to repeat.
Even if your pet is microchipped, there’s a small chance that shelters or another vet’s office may not have access to the scanning equipment to detect your pet’s microchip. If your pet is chipped, it’s also important to keep your address and contact information up-to-date with the microchip’s manufacturer or tracking organization, especially if you move frequently.
There is another avenue to take to help you avoid the loss of your pet, including one tip that seems easy enough to do. The Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) suggests that you give your pet an ID advantage, by ensuring that your pet never goes “naked” – never going without at least a pet ID tag and collar on at all times, even when your pet’s indoors.
According to HSUS, wearing a tag and collar is the number one way that lost pets are returned to their owners.
Engraved tags can be small, so be sure to have it engraved with the best phone number to use to contact you, whether a cell phone number or somewhere you can be reached most of the time. There are many different sizes of tags and collars. Choose the one that is a comfortable size for your pet, allowing it enough freedom to eat and drink properly while wearing it.
You can have your pet wearing a collar and ID tag for about $20, a small price to pay to help prevent losing one of your best friends.