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

Apr 21 2009

Let’s See Some ID

Read here how Bob the cat found his way home via Facebook. (Photo courtesy WCCO TV, Minneapolis)

Bob the cat found his way home via Facebook. (Photo courtesy WCCO-TV, Minneapolis/St, Paul)

April 18-24 is National Pet ID Week! Bob, the Maine Coon cat pictured here, found his way home in a most unusual way after being lost for two years. (Read his story here.) We’ve all heard fantastic stories about pets who journey miles to find the owners who lost them, but the reality is that many lost pets never find their way home. You can take measures to prevent a tragedy by making sure all your pets have complete identification.

For a mammal, a collar with a tag is a must-have. The collar should include the pet’s annual rabies tag, if applicable, as well as a tag with your own address and phone as well. At the very least, even if your pet is found far from home, local authorities will know the animal is not a stray and will work hard to find you.

Collars and tags are mandatory, but they can also be lost or wriggled out of. Microchipping your pet, and registering with a national database, is a more permanent form of identification. The identifying chip–about the size of a grain of rice–is injected under the skin and can be scanned by a vet or shelter. Microchipping is not foolproof, however, as a local shelter may not have a scanner that will detect the specific brand of microchip your pet has. The Humane Society of the United States, as well as other groups, is working to standardize microchipping to avoid this problem. In the meantime, always rely on more than one kind of identification.

Whatever method you choose, don’t leave your animal’s safety to chance. Make sure your pet has ID and is registered to ensure that, like Bob, it can always find its way back home.

posted by Claire M. Caterer

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