April 23rd is National Lost Dog Awareness Day, a good day to check your dog’s tags and chip registry to make sure everything is up to date. Are the tags legible? Do both the tags and the registry have your cell number? If you have or had a landline, you may have that info still listed.
If your dog is not micro-chipped, today might be the day to call around and find out where you can get it done inexpensively. Or check on line for special events in your area where they may be inserting chips at very low cost.
When was the last time you walked your fence line looking for weak spots that may become escape routes in the future?
You should also inspect your leashes, collars, and tie-outs to make sure nothing is getting frayed.
Do you have a current picture of your dog along with his or her current weight and height? That can be important if you have to post flyers or advertise your lose online.
I’m hoping you never need these precautions, but better safe than sorry.
Meet Pumpkin, the little dog who got lost in New Mexico and ended up in Georgia. 11Alive in Atlanta reports that compassionate people and a microchip were instrumental in the dog’s return to family.
Pumpkin had been wandering around Allatoona Landing Marina for weeks when Annette Hatt noticed him and took him home. She connected with Kathy Lee Russell on a lost animals page, and Kathy agreed to board Pumpkin and have him vetted. The good folks at Animal Hospital of Towne Lake found out that the 7-year old Lhasa Apso was not only healthy, but was also microchipped.
Meanwhile, back in New Mexico, Manny Ornelas had been searching for his dog for months after the pup had been stolen from his yard in November.
Georgia-based Ruff Redemption Rescue provided Pumpkin with a plane ride home, where a very happy and relieved family greeted him at the airport.
August 15th is the day all pet families are encouraged to check their microchips to make sure all information is up to date.A microchip can mean the difference between reuniting with your lost or stolen pet and never seeing them again. Startlingly enough, only 58% of pets’ microchips are linked to the correct owner information. Continue reading Check the Chip Day is Coming!→
I posted a story early this morning about a microchip that reunited a dog with his family after four years. I know I should have my dogs microchipped, and I strongly advocate for everyone to do so, but I haven’t yet gotten around to it.
What do you do when someone steals your dog and takes him or her halfway across the country? If you’re lucky, the kidnapper will eventually get tired of the animal and set him loose, but then what? Continue reading The Value of a Microchip→
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