Monday, February 08, 2016

Internet Reunites Lost Pets and Owners

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Sleuth the Reporter Dog knows he is very lucky because the folks at the Veterinary News Network don’t want him to wander away from home.   Sadly though, may of Sleuth’s friends end up lost with no way to find their way home.

1) Stories of pets finding their way across hundreds of miles to get home are certainly heart-warming but they are also very rare.   Millions of lost pets never make it home each year.

2) Experts estimate that one in every three pets will be lost at some point in their lives and many of those pets will end up in local shelters where they face euthanasia.  Only 17% of dogs and 2% of cats end up in their original home.

3) Typical ID tags and collars are helpful to find a pet’s owners, but they can easily be lost or taken from a pet.

4) Microchips or tattoos are better because they are permanent, but even these ID techniques suffer from problems.  Most commonly, information about address and contact numbers is inaccurate or even missing.

5) New sites online are helping people reunite with their pets., Amber Alert for Pets, and are a few examples.

6) HelpMeFindMyPet actually broadcasts an email and fax alert to all veterinary offices, groomers, pet stores, shelters, and other individual members about your lost pet.   This alert covers a 50 mile radius from your pet’s last know location.

7) To date, HelpMeFindMyPet boasts an 87% success rate for their pet recovery service.

8) This high rate of success is due to a wide network of members including many who use social media sites like Facebook and Twitter to further spread the alerts.

9) Your veterinary staff can help you with ideas that might lessen your pet’s urge to roam.  Neutering your pet is a first step and a permanent ID system, like a microchip, is a good second step.

10) Be sure to bookmark as your source of trusted and accurate pet health information.

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