Everyday I receive an electronic newsletter called “Nextdoor”. Many neighborhoods around the country have this. What I find distressing in my neighborhood is the amount of Lost Dog or Found Dog notifications there are.
Dogs can be great escape artists to even the most watchful Dog Parent (unfortunately I know from first hand experience). Thankfully there are several easy ways to help your dog get returned for you.
One is obviously an ID Tag that attaches to the dogs collar. There are several cute styles available and all that is needed is the dogs name and your cell phone number.
Another is to make sure your dog is micro-chipped. Micro-chipping can be done by your veterinarian. With a micro-chip, you don’t have to worry about your dogs collar, and therefore their ID tag, coming off. A found dog can be taken to a veterinary office to be scanned and easily returned to their Dog Parent.
The third option is to license your dog with the state and attach the license to the dogs collar. Again a found dogs license number can be called in and contact information for the dog parents can be obtained. Assuring that the dog is returned to its home.
It is also important to know that if your dog ends up in a shelter, the shelter does check for ID Tags and micro-chipping.
I personally use all three forms of ID, the ID tag, License, and micro-chip. I will never forget the time when my Old English Sheepdog Sir Winston Thomas got out through the backyard gate. This was before cell-phones so his ID tag had my home phone number and address on it. Thank Goodness! I will never forget the sight of two very pretty blonde young ladies driving a white sports car with Winston sitting in-between them! They had tried calling me, then when I didn’t answer my phone, realized that I was out looking for him. Having my address, they were able to drive him home…back to me! I was sooo very happy to see him and extremely grateful to those ladies.
Make sure your Fur Baby can be returned to their home. Make sure that there is a way that you can be contacted when someone finds your dog!