National Lost Pet Prevention Month is an annual awareness campaign during the month of July. Its primary goal is to educate pet owners about the steps they can take to prevent their beloved pets from going missing and to increase the chances of their safe return if they do become lost. This month-long observance serves as a reminder to take proactive measures and create a plan to protect pets from getting lost or separated from their families.
During National Lost Pet Prevention Month, we thought we would share with you some things we feel are good ways to prevent your pet from getting lost or would help you if your pet does gets lost.
Getting your pets microchipped is an essential step in reuniting lost pets with you. Microchips are tiny implants placed under the pet’s skin, containing the owner’s contact information.
ID Tags and Collars:
Ensuring that pets wear identification tags with up-to-date contact information is crucial. If your pet gets lost, anyone who finds them can easily contact you.
Secure Fencing and Enclosures:
We advise pet owners to have secure fencing or enclosures to prevent their pets from wandering off or escaping. Also, check up on any damage that might have happened over time. Has your pet or some other animal been trying to dig under the fence? Did a storm make the chain link fence loose? Keeping up with your fencing or enclosures is a must!
Leash and Harness:
Dogs should always be walked on a leash with a secure harness, especially in unfamiliar areas. This helps prevent them from running off or getting lost.
Spaying and Neutering:
Having pets spayed or neutered can reduce their tendency to roam and increase the likelihood of staying close to home.
Keeping an eye on pets, especially when outdoors, can prevent them from wandering off or encountering situations that may lead to getting lost.
Pet Monitoring Technology:
Utilizing modern pet tracking devices, such as GPS trackers, air tag keychains or smart collars, can assist in locating lost pets more efficiently.
Building a network within the local community, such as joining neighborhood watch groups or social media platforms dedicated to lost pets, can facilitate the quick dissemination of information and increase the chances of finding lost pets.
By spreading awareness and promoting these preventative measures, National Lost Pet Prevention Month aims to reduce the number of lost pets and increase the chances of reuniting them with their families. This month is an opportunity for pet owners to proactively take steps to safeguard their beloved companions and ensure their well-being.
At DogTowne, pet safety is our number one priority! That’s why we have so many fences and gates in our facility. On top of that, we have pavers line the outside fences, so dogs can’t dig out and nothing can dig in. Plus, we do routine audits to make sure that everything is up to our high standards and that all the dogs are safe! Come and schedule a try-out with your pup today and see for yourself!