Hundreds of pets go missing every day all over our country. Here is how you can ensure that your pet does not become one of those statistics:
- If you can afford it, have your pet micro-chipped - should they go missing a quick scan by a vet will reveal your contact details so that you can be reunited with your pet.
- Put a collar with a name tag and a contact number on your pet so that should your pet go missing and anyone finds it, you can easily be contacted. Putting a collar on your pet also ensures that they are not mistaken for strays. Strays that are taken to kill shelters are put down without there being a long waiting period.
- Ensure that your yard is secure. Make sure that your fence does not have any gaps or holes in it where your pet can crawl through.
- On days like Guy Fawkes and New Years Eve when you know that there might be fire works around, DO NOT leave your pet alone at home. Should you really not be able to be at home with them, you need to lock them safely inside. If it is a hot day, ensure that they have enough water and that there are some windows open to allow a breeze, and leave a soft light on for them so they are not left in the dark. Some pets are deathly afraid of fire works and many, many dogs go missing on Guy Fawkes day every year. Don’t let YOUR pet be one of them.
- Always have a current photo of your pet! It is very important when it comes to identifying your pet that you have a photo of it that is as close to what it currently looks like as possible.