There are a lot of things that a pet-mom or pet-dad can do to try and help their animals come home safe. I'm going to make a list of things I know about.
1. Microchips are our friends!!! Yes, there is a rare occurrence of side effects at the chip site but microchips are one form if identification that is really hard to lose!
2. Posters Galore!Posters and fliers to tuck into doorways and mailboxes are a great way to bring attention to a missing pet. Posters should be huge and easy to read from the roadway. It should say "LOST!", have a big picture of the missing pet, and a contact phone number. Fliers can have more information but should still be at least 50% pet photo.
3. Postal Workers Know Everything. Seriously! (Although ours would rather not know Eva.) Not only do they know where all the dogs live, they also may see kitties sitting in the windows or notice a new stray hanging around the neighborhood. Ask your postal worker to be on the look-out for your pet!
4. Common Sense should be Common; It Isn't. Keep an ID tag on your pet's collar and keep their license and/or rabies tag on there, too. Those things make it obvious that a pet has a loving family. Also, check with your local police jurisdiction. They often have temporary holding facilities for animals during times that Animal Controlfacilities are closed. Visit local animal control facilities or Humane Societies in person. Only you can confidently ID your pet!
5. A Supervised Pet is a Safe Pet. Pets should not be left outside alone with no one watching out for them. Sure, you won't always be able to be outside with your dog but check on them often and make sure there is no suspicious activity going on. Pet thefts seem to have increased over the past several years so having a "secure" yard is no longer adequate pet protection. My opinion is that kitties do not need to go outside. If you decide to let your kitty out, she deserves the same cautious supervision and identification systems you would use for your dog.
Those are five things I know about that will help keep your pet from getting lost and help you retrieve a lost pet. What do you know about that I have missed? Please leave a comment to tell me!