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Pet Finders

Pets are our companions and our friends. They give a great deal to us and ask little in return — just the love of a caring master who will shelter and protect them. Losing a pet can be a traumatic experience; for some it is akin to losing a child. While as a society we certainly do not value our pets as highly as our children, many individuals consider their pets to be treasured family members. Because pets cannot speak, they have no way to communicate in a meaningful manner when they become lost. Furthermore, when pets are lost they may also become disoriented, especially if they are in unfamiliar territory (such as happens when traveling) or are victims of a natural disaster.

You should exercise the same care in supervising a pet as you would in supervising a child. Like young children, pets are both easily distracted and easily attracted to or frightened by other animals, people and moving objects. The sight of a bird may lure your indoor cat out of an open door, while an inattentive owner may be surprised when their dog suddenly bolts toward another dog, a squirrel or a moving vehicle. Animals can also be frightened, sometimes traumatically, by loud noises such as construction noise, loud vehicles and thunder. Dogs and cats can move even more quickly than a child; they can be out of sight within seconds.

Insuring that your pet is properly identified can go a long way toward providing for its safe return if it becomes lost. A tagged collar with your pet’s name and your own name and phone number (including area code) may help and should always be used because it lets others know your animal is not a stray, but collars can be rubbed off or removed. There are other ways to identify your pet if it becomes lost, from organizational registry to surgical implantation of an identification chip that can be externally read by equipment now owned by most veterinarians, animal shelters and rescue agencies. If you truly value your pets, you may want to consider one of the options to the right.

Authored by Kenneth L. Anderson.  Original article published 19 August 2003, updated 26 March 2005.

Follow links to the right to learn more about pet finders, pet id tags, pet microchips and what to do to find a lost pet. At the left margin, Related Links address topics of interest pertaining to locating a pet, protecting your pet’s well-being and health, and maximizing your pet’s quality of life. If you desire to become a pet owner, check out Pet Adoption & Rescue. If you already own a pet, you may be especially interested in Pet Care & Pet Health and Pet Products & Supplies. View the Pet Safety SiteMap for a complete list of pet safety topics.

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