I have a couple of facts from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® (ASPCA®) I want to share with you that should blow your mind…
I think you’ll agree that’s scary. I can’t decide what’s worse…that 7.6 million pets end up in shelters or that less than 10% of them end up being returned to their owners!
The thing is, I don’t want your pet to be part of that 90% who never make it home. And if you’re thinking there’s no chance of him ever getting lost, let me just tell you…
I’m sure, like most pet owners, you do your very best to ensure that your pet cannot stray or wander from home. But losing your pet may be a lot easier than you think.
In fact, studies have shown that 1 in 3 pets go missing during their lifetime! In many cases this is not the fault of the owner…
For example, a workman leaves a door ajar, while fetching tools from his truck.
Or your baby-sitter or cleaner doesn’t shut the door properly.
Or the kids across the street leave a gate open after collecting their ball from your yard.
Or your dog decides to chase the squirrel that has been taunting her for weeks and finds a way through the hedge or the gap in the fence that she shouldn’t be able to fit through!
Or perhaps, you’re out in the park and your dog decides to give chase to something that catches his eye and gets carried away with the excitement of the chase.
Or something spooks them enough to run out of fear. This could be something as simple a something falling over in your yard.
Or some low-life steals your pet from your yard in order to make a quick buck. Yes, sadly this does happen.
The facts are that no matter how careful you are, you can’t watch them 100% of the time.
But what happens if your furry child does go missing?
In most cases when pets go missing they either end up at the local animal shelter or, if they get injured, at a local veterinary clinic. The good news is that the first thing the animal shelter or veterinary practice will do is scan your pet to see if it is fitted with a Pet ID microchip.
So if your pet is microchipped, there’s a good chance that you will be reunited.
Because it is implanted into your pet, a microchip is much more reliable than a collar and tag, as there is no chance it will fall off. You should also know that a microchip does not hurt your pet and does not require surgery. It is a one-time insertion, very much like a vaccine injection.
It is designed to stay in the location where it was inserted. Then, if your pet ever does get lost, any scanner should be able to retrieve your pet’s specific identification number. There’s no doubt that a microchip provides the very best chance for a happy homecoming.
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