It’s National Pet Identification Week — the perfect time to make sure you’ve taken every precaution to be reunited with your pet if he or she becomes lost. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) recently found that only 33 percent of pet parents admitted to always having ID tags on their dogs and cats.In addition to that crucial step, pet owners should also have their furry friend microchipped. Collars with pet identification are accessible to anyone who finds your lost pet. But, tags can become hard to read, and collars can be broken or removed. Microchipping your pet is a method of permanent identification. Microchips cannot be easily misread, and the permanent identification number is tamperproof. The information about the pet and owner is usually readily retrievable.A microchip is a very tiny transponder that is encoded with a unique identification number. Before insertion, the sterile microchip is scanned in the package to confirm that the identification code of the transponder matches that shown on the label of the bar code on the package.
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Pet flipping is becoming an increasing problem in our area! Another reason to be very careful if you are giving your pet away “free to good home”. Please microchip your pets and supervise them at all times when they are outside, even in a fenced in yard. These scammers are known for stealing pets and then selling them for cash.
To learn more, go to: www.castawaycritters.org
Experts: Most Important Step To Keeping Pets Safe Is Microchipping Them
Dogs are being stolen out of cars, yards, off sidewalks and even out of shelters at an alarming rate, according to the American Kennel Club.
“It only takes a minute for a theft to occur,” American Kennel Club spokeswoman Lisa Peterson told CBS 2′s Dave Carlin on Friday.
Making any pet owner think twice is surveillance video from last week that showed “Marley” the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel being menaced by a stranger, who picked up the frightened dog and walked off with him, leaving 7-year-old Mia Bendrat heartbroken the day before Christmas.
“You knew that was somebody’s dog and it was Christmas Eve. I mean really?” Bendrat said.
Marley was sold to a woman in Greenwich Village, who thought the situation was fishy.
Marley was checked for a microchip and Mia and her best friend were reunited.
But happy endings are rare as dognapping cases rise nationwide by almost 70 percent, according to the American Kennel Club.
“Last year for example we tracked more than 432 pet thefts and that’s just scratching the surface,” Peterson said. “For the first time ever we’ve seen a trend now where shelters are being broken into and purebred and mixed breed dogs are being stolen.”
Dognappings from stores, shelters and backyards and off sidewalks are preventable.
Experts say to safeguard your pet as you would a child.
“Don’t leave it unattended,” Peterson said.
There are products available so you don’t let your pet out of your sight.
The American Kennel Club recommends doing anything you can do, but most importantly to get your pet microchipped.
“Because that’s the only way you can prove ownership and get your dog back should it turn up at a vets office or shelter,” Peterson said.
And if you are running errands, experts advise keeping your pets home to stop making things so easy for a new breed of criminals.
Another microchip reunion! On the evening of Thanksgiving a cat was found in the yard of AHDC. After a good meal and some warmth, we named him Cranberry in honor of Thanksgiving. A scan showed that this orange feline had an owner and after a few days we were able to reunite, Wally (Cranberry’s real name) and his mom. He is a very friendly, indoor/outdoor cat who never came home on Thanksgiving. Mom thinks someone mistook him for a stray and placed him at our hospital. Wally was so happy to see his mom, he was head-butting and purring when saw her. Thanks to a microchip, Wally will be with his mom for Christmas.