Properly Identifying your PAL

Imagine being lost. Imagine searching frantically for a glimpse of familiarity while unknown people approach, trying to help, asking you your name. Imagine not being able to tell them – you want to, but you simply can’t muster an introduction.

This is how a lost pet feels.

Now imagine how wonderful it would be to hear your name amidst a sea of unknown – how much closer to home you’d feel in that moment.

This is why we I.D. our pets.

This year, approximately 5-7 million dogs and cats will end up in the shelter, many of which are companions that got out and were never reunited with their families. April 17-23 is Pet ID Week, intended to remind pet owners of the importance of tags and chips.

The best way to make sure your pet is properly ID’ed is to choose tags and a microchip, because collars and tags can fall off. A microchip is a small chip (about the size of a grain of rice) that is painlessly inserted into the thick of a dog or cat’s neck and houses all of their necessary information. Nearly all veterinary offices and shelters have a chip scanner, making it easy for people helping a lost pet to access the info. In a recent study of 7,700 stray dogs, only 22% of un-chipped dogs were reunited with their owners; the same study found that those that were chipped had a 51.2% chance of being returned home – almost 30% difference. Talk with your vet about microchipping – it’s an affordable, reliable, and comforting way to make sure your pet is always spoken for.

And let’s never discount the classic collar and tags! Not only are collars a way to express your pet’s personality but, with tags, the information is easily accessed and doesn’t require anyone to transport the animal (which can be a challenge.) Whatever method you choose, we hope you take the opportunity to make sure your PAL’s ID is up-to-date and available so they can always come home where they belong.

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