The below post is brought to you by Pet Amber Alert…
Recently I learned about Pet Amber Alert and I smiled. Every day when I drive home, I see signs phone poles of lost dogs. I told my boyfriend once that I would tear apart Marysville looking for our dogs. They’re both micro-chipped, but microchips are apparently company specific and if a shelter or veterinarian doesn’t have the right scanner or a universal scanner (is there such a thing?) then your pet may not make it home.
Did your heart just stop? Yeah, me too.
So what do we do if our pet is lost? Do we Google “lost dog philadelphia?” Do we look on Craigslist? Do we call the local shelters? Probably all of the above.
Pet Amber Alert is just another system to help us find our lost pets. Personally, I think services like this should be free, but I do understand that they’re using many resources to help us and those resources aren’t always free. And, to be perfectly honest, I would pay anything to see my pets happy, healthy, and safe at home. I blew my savings on Riley and she had been with us less than a week.
What dog owners will get from Pet Amber Alert…
Pet Amber Alert will fax and email your lost dog or cat poster to veterinarians, animal shelters, and animal control officers within 10 to 100 miles of the location last seen.
They’ll leave voice mail messages with your neighbors; they’re exempt from the Do Not Call Registry. Today, most people I know passed on a land line and exclusively use their cell phone, but not everyone and every little bit helps.
And Pet Amber Alert will utilize social networking (Facebook and Twitter) to help expand the search within our connections.
When your pet is found, you’ll be notified immediately.
Things to do to keep our pets from getting lost….
Neutering (or spaying) your pet greatly reduces incidents of roaming.
Obedience training is important. Our dogs understand “come,” “back in the yard,” and “stay in the yard.” My boyfriend and I work together on training our dogs, but we started with a professional trainer and animal behaviorist when they were puppies.
Install a fence around your property or a dog run in your yard. Our dogs have their own 1/4 acre yard with access to indoors on bad weather days as well as their food and water.
I’m not a fan of the invisible fence system, because I wouldn’t want to be shocked no matter how low the voltage and I’ve learned that some systems are set off by a neighbors garage remote – so not helpful. But I also know people who have had great success with the system.
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