It is a scenario that no pet owner ever wants to experience, but it is estimated that 1/3 of pets will be lost or stolen in their lifetime, and of those only about ¼ will find their way back to their owners.
Wearing some form of identification is one of the most influential factors in getting your pet returned to you. The most simple and effective solution is a collar with an ID tag. This is the most useful form of identification to get your lost pet returned to you quickly, because it provides instant access to the owner’s contact information. Time is of the essence since almost all recovered pets are returned within 12 hours of being lost. Your pet’s ID tag should include two phone numbers with area code, your city, and your pet’s name.
Microchips are becoming an increasingly popular way to identify your pet, but they require the use of a scanner and a database to locate the owner’s information. It is important to research the pros and cons of microchips before implanting one in your pet to decide if the benefits outweigh the risks for your pet.
Keep your information up to date with each method you use to ensure the best outcome for your pet.