Dogs and Cats Need Visible Identification -- Pet ID Tag Day is April 3
Lost Pet Facts
- Sadly, only 16 percent of lost dogs and 2 percent of lost cats are reunited with their owners.
- Over 35,100 stray animals were received by Oregon shelters in 2008.
- Visible identification is the fastest way to getting your pet back -- your pet’s identification tag should have, at a minimum a contact telephone number; the best tags include the owner’s name, address, and telephone number.
- Indoor only cats should always wear identification just in case they get out.
- Microchipping is a permanent form of identification and chips can be scanned at your local veterinarian, animal control, or animal shelter.
- If more pets wore visible identification, the number of animals entering animal shelters would decrease.
Resources to Help you Find Your Lost Pet
- Oregon Humane Society’s Lost/Found Pets web page is full of information, tips, and resources to help you find your lost pet. http://www.oregonhumane.org/lost_pets
- Start looking as soon as you realize your pet is missing.
- Keep current color photos of your pets handy to use for identification and posters.
- Keep your contact information current on your pet’s ID tag and with the microchip company.
- Register your pet with 24 Pet Watch (a 24 hour/7day a week pet recovery). www.24petwatch.com
Get a Pet ID Tag
WHAT: The Oregon Humane Society is giving away free pet ID tags and offering a low cost microchip clinic ($25). The public can bring their dog, cat, or rabbit and get a microchip implanted for only $25. (No birds please.)
WHEN: Saturday, April 3 from 11 am – 2 pm
WHERE: OHS Animal Medical & Learning Center, 1067 NE Columbia Blvd., Portland OR 97211.