Finding a Lost Pet

When our dogs were about one year old, they escaped the comfort of our backyard unbeknownst to us and pillaged and plundered the neighborhood for an undisclosed amount of time.

Dog Digging Out of Backyard

Dog Digging Out of Backyard

If you have ever had the misfortune of trying to find a lost pet, you know how upsetting it can be. Does your dog have a tattoo? This may seem like a strange question, but it is not. There are many different ways to identify your pet such as dog tags, micro chips and yes, tattoos.

When our dogs were about one year old, they escaped the comfort of our Amelia Island backyard unbeknownst to us and pillaged and plundered the neighborhood for an undisclosed amount of time. Trixie, one of our German Shepherd/Husky sisters, was found injured on our front porch by my husband. Shadow, never came home. Our daughter was devastated!

They have identification tags on their collars, but they have this not-so-harmless habit of removing them from each other. Trixie’s collar was buried somewhere in the backyard and Shadow’s collar was sitting on the kitchen counter.

Searching the neighborhood, we knocked on doors and asked everyone we encountered if they had seen our seventy pound girl. No one had seen a thing. We called the Veterinary Clinics on Monday and checked with our County Humane Society; no one had seen her. So, we put up signs. We had posters on street lights, telephone poles, street signs and the doors of our local convenient stores. Our next step was to put an ad in the newspaper. Finally, we received a phone call on Wednesday from someone who said he had seen her on Sunday, but had no idea where she went. My husband made his daily round of phone calls to the clinics and animal shelter and by Wednesday we had a hit. She had been turned in to the Humane Society. Ours had a happy ending, as we sprung her from the pound and brought her home unharmed.

There are three good ways to identify a lost or missing pet. Identification tags, micro chips and yes, tattoos. Tags are required in most cities, but they do fall off and can become unreadable as they wear out over the years. We also write our phone number and pet’s names on their collars in permanent magic marker. A simple and pain free injection will place a micro chip under the skin of your pet, which both of our dogs now have. About the size of a grain of rice, it contains an identification number along with your name, address and phone number and the information is stored in a database. The chip can move and shift over time and may be difficult to locate when needed. Tattoos, usually put into the ears, made fade over time, but they can be retraced. All of these methods, used separately or combined, will help your lost pet find its way home, safer and quicker than no identification at all.

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