One of the most important parts of pet ownership is having some form of identification so a lost/stolen pet can be returned to you. There are three common ways to have pets identified – one is a tag and collar; the second is a tattoo identifying your animal; and the third is microchipping.
Which one you choose is an individual decision and will assist in locating your animal. Before you make a decision do your research and determine which is best for you.
For example, on a personal note, we will not microchip our animals because we do not believe in placing foreign objects in the animal. However, all our animals are tattooed.
Every province/state/country has different procedures and recommendations. Take the time to learn what they are. Finally ensure your records are up to date so if your animal goes missing you have all the information you need to commence notification of the local animal shelters, social media, and print media. Remember cats in particular are quite resilient and have been know to return up to six months after they go missing. There are some tales of cats returning after several years.
Dependent upon where you reside dogs are in greater danger of being caught and turned into a pound. Some shelters are no kill – but not all. Constant communication when your animal goes missing is critical.
The first thing to do when you realize your pet has gone missing is to return to the place you last saw them and ask any persons in the area if they saw anything. Put up your posters in your local area and get on the phone to your local shelters. The Pet Detective Bureau can help you with the initial and further stages.