Welcome to 2016 National Pet Day!
Did you know that National Pet Day was created in 2006 by Colleen Paige, a pet and family Lifestyle Expert and Animal Welfare Advocate? As we honor the joy our pets contribute to our daily lives, make sure your pet is safe and secure as a way to celebrate your precious family member(s).
Each year, thousands of dogs (and other pets) are lost or stolen. Are you prepared if your dog wanders away from his home? Or is stolen out of your own backyard? Or becomes separated from you in the event of an emergency or disaster?
Does your dog carry permanent ID that could help return him to the safety of your home and keep him out of shelters as an unclaimed stray that could face euthanasia?
As we recognize National Pet Day today, take the time to make sure you’ve registered your pet and if you have, ensure your contact information is up-to-date (especially your phone number and address) so you can be reached quickly.
Today, there are many different types of pet ID available, including:
- ID and license collar tags;
- Implanted microchips (usually between the shoulders);
- Permanent tattoos (on the inner ear flap, stomach or inner leg);
- QR Code ID tags readable by personal cell phones; and
- Facial recognition technology (offered by companies like FindingRover.com and PetRecognition.com).
Whatever option you choose to use (and we recommend a combination of several options in case physical tags get lost), make sure it’s done (and current) today and keep your pet safe and in your life for a long time after National Pet Day has come and gone.
(Article from the April issue of the Cold Noses Newsletter)