Prevent Your Pet From Becoming Lost
To make sure your pet doesn’t become lost — or to make sure he comes home if he strays — please follow these tips:
- Spay or neuter your pet so that he or she will be less likely to roam. If you can’t afford the surgery, local spay/neuter assistance programs such as our Spay Neuter Incentive Program (SNIP) may be able to help.
- Keep a collar and ID tag on your pet, and always walk your dog with a collar or harness that won’t slip off. ID tags should contain your name, address, and phone number(s). Even indoor cats need a collar and ID. You can have your pet’s name and your phone number stitched onto a collar in case tags are lost.
- Microchip your pet — it’s a quick, simple procedure that can be done at most vet offices. (All pets adopted from Lollypop Farm are microchipped through 24PetWatch.) Microchips aren’t just for cats and dogs, but also horses, ferrets, and most other mammals. When you move, update the microchip registration with your new information.
- Secure your home and yard by fixing gaps in fences, securing window screens, and making sure storm doors latch properly. Take extra precautions on July 4, the one day of the year when the most pets become lost.
- Teach your dog to come when he’s called. Take a training class or work with him regularly to help him walk well on a leash.
- Keep your cat indoors, where he can be perfectly happy with toys, playtime, and attention.
- Transport your pets safely, and in a secure carrier when possible.
- Gather records that prove your pet is yours. Keep good photos of your pet on hand, as well as veterinary records and his license certificate. Make sure that the veterinarian who gave your pet his vaccinations has your current contact information.