How often does your furbaby try to bolt out that door? Does he stray away from you when you’re outdoors? And how you would feel if your lost pet never came back home? As a pet parent, you try your hardest to keep your furbaby at a close distance where he is safe, secure and has everything he could ever dream of, but sometimes, they still get lost and never find their way back into your arms. Questions like why do pets get lost will remain unanswered. 

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Lost Pet Prevention Month

The month of July is Lost Pet Prevention Month. It is dedicated to raising awareness about finding pets should they get lost. This includes how to find lost pets, helping lost pets andwhere to find lost pets. This horrible nightmare becomes a living nightmare for some pet parents. That is why, it’s important to be well-equipped every day of the year to ensure that this does not happen to anyone.  

 

Be well-equipped

Your furbaby should have his basic necessities, whether you have a dog or a cat. Lost pets tend to never find their way home because they don’t have the following basic accessories:

  1. Collar

The first telltale sign that a furbaby belongs to someone is their collar. You’ll know that the furbaby loitering around must have a home he has strayed away from and can’t find his way back again. You might want to get your furbaby a nylon collar. Nylon collars from Petmate or Aspen pet are comfortable for your pet’s everyday use, and are easily adjustable as your pet grows in size too.

  1. ID tag

A life saver as well as a time saver for strangers who are helping lost pets find their home! An ID tag with your furbaby’s name, your name and/or your updated contact number would be of extreme help, especially when the stranger who has found your furbaby is looking to return him to you. Don’t make it difficult for others to find you or your furbaby might never find his way back home.

  1. Leash

Whether you’re going out for a leisurely walk or a run with your furbaby, it’s best to have a leash. Some pet parents may even opt for a stroller if the road is too hot for their furbaby’s paws to walk on. These options allow your furbaby to get out and get some fresh air without the chance of going too far away.

 

What can you do to prevent lost pets?  

  1. Lock your doors and secure your fences

Furbabies are smart enough to know how to get out of the house. Furbabies who love to bolt will likely be waiting by the door at all times and all you can do is be prepared by not giving him too much space when you open that door.

If your furbaby is free to roam your front or back yard, make sure there’s a fence high enough for him NOT to jump over or be taken by a complete stranger. As horrible as it sounds, it is true that some furbabies are taken and never returned to their rightful furmoms and furdads.  Also check for any holes and cracks big enough for your furbaby to sneak of.

  1. Introduce your pet to your neighbors

It’s important that all your neighbors are aware that you have a pet. Neighbors are extremely helpful as an extra set of eyes on your furbaby, most especially when you’re not around.  They can easily spot and recognize lost pets and help them find their way home.

  1. Limit unsupervised outdoor play

If your pet is curious and loves to explore wherever and whenever, do not let him play outside without supervision. There’s a high chance he’ll leave and stray away or be taken by someone else.

 

What to do if you lose your pet?

Do you know how to find lost pets? Start by calling your neighbors, local animal shelters and vets, or any other known place your furbaby is most likely to run to. Be prepared to make flyers and stick them around your neighborhood or post on your social media account to help strangers identify your furbaby and return him to you.

 

Conclusion

Why do pets get lost no matter how hard we try to keep an eye out on them? Lost pets are difficult to find and that’s no surprise. That is why, pet parents need to be proactive and knowledgeable on where to find lost pets. Pets who have felt a sense of security, safety and of course, love, will always want to go back home no matter how far they’ve gone. They just need your help.