Nov 14 2012

Tag- Your Mine!

ID Tags- Don't Furrr-get!

ID Tags- Don't Furrr-get!

Being a pet owner means not only having a furry roommate, but a best friend, a snuggle buddy, a foot warmer, an unlimited supply of entertainment, and a source of unconditional love. The thought of losing a pet is tragic and heartbreaking, but the reality is that pets can become separated from their owners for various reasons at any given time. Just because your pet is an indoor animal does not eliminate the opportunity for your pet to escape. Pets can sneak off from the confines of their house through an open door, hole in the fence, unlatched gate, or a tear in a screen window.

In the past two months I have picked up several lost animals wandering along the side of the road, all with owners and all WITHOUT tags. There is nothing more frustrating than to find an animal that looks healthy and loved, wearing a collar, but doesn’t have any identification to immediately return it back to their family.  ID tags serve as an extra security measure that you can provide for your dog or cat and it also helps assure that your family member will be returned home quickly.

Even though all Wayside Waifs are microchipped, some people don’t know what to do if they find an animal with a microchip tag. In addition to that, it is more time consuming to take an animal to a veterinarian or animal shelter to have a microchip scanned in order to get contact information for the owner. If the animal is wearing an ID tag, the finder can immediately contact the owner, or if the owner’s address is on the tag, they can return the animal directly back to its home.

The Whiskers and Wags retail store at Wayside makes it fast and easy to pick up an ID tag for your pet. Included in our Dog and Cat ID packages are an ID tag, a dog or cat collar, plus a leash for dogs. ID tags can also be purchased separately for $6 and they are available in several style & color options. Up to four lines of information can be included on each side of the tag and it takes less than two minutes to have the entire thing engraved.

Its also a good idea to check your pet’s ID Tags once a year to make sure the information is still readable.  It’s well worth the $6 investment to have them reprinted each year in case your pet becomes lost.

Now that you know why it is so vital to have an ID tag for your pet, you may be wondering what information is best to include on the tag.

Suggested information on ID tags:
Dog or Cat Name
Owner Last Name
-Home and Cell Phone Numbers
-Address (Many animals are found near the owner’s home and can be returned faster if the address is on the tag)

Optional additional suggestions:
Reward For Safe Return
I’m on Medications (people are less likely to keep an animal that requires costly medications, or return them faster)

Don’t risk the possibility of losing your furry forever friend because you did not take proper precautions.  

Written by Danielle Sather, Marketing & Development Intern at Wayside Waifs

Mar 13 2010

Please, No Pets for Easter


Every spring, just in time for Easter, the rabbit population begins its annual explosion. Some parents can’t resist tucking a real live bunny in the basket along with the jelly beans.  But animal welfare groups across the country, from the Missouri House Rabbit Society to shelters nationwide, issue the same plea: Don’t give in.

First of all, a holiday is no time to get a pet. A new pet will be frightened and disoriented; it deserves a calm, even boring debut, not barking dogs, a houseful of strangers, and frenzied children darting around looking for eggs.

But more important, bunnies–and this goes for chicks and ducks, too–are more high-maintenance than you might think. They can’t independently roam your house, unless you don’t mind them gnawing down the dining-room chair legs or tattering your curtains. They need a lot of attention and interaction (kids are great at this part … at first). They need a large indoor cage, exercise, and grooming. And fowl of any kind will need some sort of coop, feed, possibly a water source to swim in, and protection from predators. And did I mention the mess?

A rabbit or duck’s lifespan is ten-plus years. The commitment is the same as for a cat or a dog, and these animals cannot be abandoned to the wild and expected to “make it.” Without the defenses and street savvy of their wild cousins, they’re sure to fall victim to predators.

A rabbit can make a wonderful pet–if you’ve done your research, have the space and time necessary, and have prepared your home and family for its arrival.  You may be ready for the joys of a pet bunny. But please, wait until after Easter.

(For more information on rabbit care, visit the Humane Society of the United States information page. As always, we urge you to consider adopting a homeless animal from a shelter or rescue center.)

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