Pets Can't Tell Us Where They Live... ID Your Pet!
Losing a pet is a traumatic experience. Yet many animals - especially cats - that end up at SPCA shelters have no identification (ID). In fact, as few as 5% of cats and 25% of dogs are able to be returned to their guardians because they have no form of ID but 95% of animals with visible identification are reunited with their guardians.
A Simple Solution
All dogs and cats should have two forms of ID:
1. A visible ID tag allows easy identification for a neighbour or passerby to return a lost pet quickly. Include your pet's name and a phone number where someone can be reached 24 hours. ID cats too, even when kept indoors! Be sure to use "quick-release" or "break-away" collars with built-in elastic to prevent cats from getting tangled in branches or other objects.
2. Ear tattoos or microchip implants are permanent forms of ID, should your pet lose his or her collar. The unique codes allow SPCA staff, animal control agencies or veterinarians to trace you pet back to you. Ask your vet for more details.
Just for Dogs
It is also important to have your dog licensed - it's the law and the license number will help you ensure a speedy reunion with your dog if he gets lost. Check with your city/municipality for more information abuot licensing and where to purchase one.
Keep your contact information up to date
If you move or change your contact number, don't forget to update your pet's ID tag and contact your local vet clinic with your new info if your pet has an ear tattoo or microchip. Contact the microchip manufacturer directly to update your information in their database too.
Identification tags are inexpensive. Though they cost more, ear tattoos and microchips are well worth the extra expense because they are permanent. Remember, if your pet has multiple forms of identification, strangers will be more likely to step in to aid your lost animal.