Where Did the Stray Problem Come From? (part 1)

Losing your pet

According to the ASPCA, out of 1,000 pet owning homes, 15% of those homes have lost a pet (it ran away or something) at some time or another.  Luckily, 85% of those lost were recovered.  But those who own cats are less lucky, only 74% of lost cats were found.  Cats are typically more independent animals, so they might not want to be found.

Losing your pet is a problem that can be easily prevented.  Fence in your yard, and don’t leave pets unattended.  Cats shouldn’t be kept outdoors, ever.  Make sure to always use a leash during walks.  When walking your dog, you should never hold the leash with just your fingers.  You should put your hand through the loop, than wrap the extra leash around your wrist once or twice.  That way, your dog can’t pull the leash out of your hand, it’ll just take you for a wild joyride if it starts running instead.  Small pets like guinea pigs or bunnies should be taken outside every once in a while, but always in runs or pens.  And never leave them unsupervised, because they can dig underneath the sides of the pen if you leave them alone long enough.  Before you answer the door, make sure the doorway is clear of small or large pets.  They can sneak or force their way out when you’re not paying attention,

A fantastic way to find your pet if you lose them, is by microchipping them.  A microchip the size of a grain of rice is inserted under the skin in between the shoulder blades.  After insertion, it doesn’t hurt them at all.  It’s basically like a vaccination.  When a lost pet is found, it is scanned for microchips, and the info is shown on the scanner to give the pet back to it’s owner.  Home Again’s (http://public.homeagain.com/) microchips are the only microchips (currently) that have a Bio Bond patented no-migration feature, so the microchip will not move around under the skin.