Steps to Take Now to Help Prevent Losing Your Pet

posted on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 in Pet Help

Dog on LeashMillions of pets go missing every year and can take days, months, or even years to be reunited with their family. Don’t let this happen to you! Take the steps below to keep your pet safe and give them the best chance to be reunited with you should they get out. 

  • Get your pet microchipped. A microchip is an implanted form of identification that links back to a pet owner's contact information when scanned at an animal shelter, law enforcement agency, or veterinary clinic. If you change addresses or phone numbers, remember to update your information with your microchip company. Need to microchip your pet? ARL Animal Services offers walk-in microchipping several days a week.
  • Make sure your pet is wearing a collar and ID tag. Studies show that pets with collars are more likely to be assisted by the public. Be sure to include a current phone number on the tag. If you need a collar or tag for your pet, we sell these pet supplies and more in our Animal House store at ARL MainYou can also find collars, leashes and other supplies in our online store.
  • Spay/neuter your pet. It's not just about population. Studies have shown that spayed or neutered animals are less likely to roam.
  • Keep your pets indoors, and supervise outside time. Keep your cats indoor-only. Indoor cats are safer and statistically live longer than outdoor cats. Dogs should never be outdoors unsupervised, even in a fenced yard. They can quickly dig under or climb/jump over fencing. Always leash your animals when outside, and keep them close to home and away from traffic and unfamiliar animals.
  • Keep them safe when you're out and about. Always transport your cat in a carrier and have your dog on a leash. If your car windows are rolled down for your dog during the drive, make sure they are closed enough so your dog cannot jump out.
  • Keep updated photos of your pets. Be sure to get close-ups as well as full-body photos in case you ever need to post "lost pet" fliers.

By taking these steps you will help give your pet the best chance of being returned home. If you have already completed all these steps, then encourage your pet owning friends, family, and neighbors to do the same!