DAY ENCOURAGES OWNERS TO IDENTIFY PETS
For most pet owners, the possibility of losing a beloved dog or cat is a frightening thought. But, even for the most conscientious owners, a gate can be left open, a door not completely latched or unforeseen situation can happen. According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy report, approximately 3.8 million dogs and 2.3 million cats entering shelters in 2000 were strays. The report goes on to note that only 16.6 percent of dogs and just 2.1 percent of cats were ever return to their families.
To help raise awareness of the problem and encourage all pet owners to identify their pets, the American Humane Association is joining with local shelters across the country for Tag Day, to be held on Saturday, April 7, 2001. There are a variety of identification options available to pet owners today including microchips, ID tags and collars, license tags, or tattoos. Pet supply stores and some mass merchandisers have kiosks where an ID tag can be made on the spot.
The American Humane Association recommends including a name, address, day and evening phone number, the pets name and special medical needs, if applicable. If you offer a reward for the return of your pet, put "reward" on the tag as well. Should your pet become lost, the association recommends acting quickly because the odds are greater of finding your pet if you begin your search at once rather than waiting to see if the pet will come home on its own.
For more information on Tag Day along with additional tips on protecting your pet and actions to take if your pet is lost, go to the association's web site, www.americanhumane.org/tagday/protect.htm.
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