July is National Pet Loss Prevention Month, 31 days dedicated to raising awareness of one of the biggest problems facing pets and their owners. We created a quick video to help prepare you and your pet for a safe summer!
According to the ASPCA, more than 7.6 million cats and dogs enter shelters every year - and many are lost family pets. In the U.S., 80 million households have at least one pet and 94% of these individuals consider their pet to be a member of the family (according to a recent survey done by Rover.com). We know that pet lovers everywhere want to do what they can for their furry family members, but 1 in 3 pets will get lost in their lifetime.
July is a particularly risky month for pets to become lost as more dogs are lost on the 4th of July than any other day of the year. Whether startled by fireworks or a thunderstorm or simply drawn by the scent of the neighbor's barbecue, even well-behaved pets have been known to wander off.
Plan for summertime risks and avoid long days and nights spent searching for lost pets by following these simple prevention tactics:
- Make sure your pet is wearing a collar with an updated ID tag - a collar with an ID tag indicates that this dog is lost. The ID tag serves as the quickest way for anyone who finds your dog to contact you, but it also informs good samaritans of your pet's name, to make the experience less scary for your dog or cat.
Learn more about pet loss prevention at www.whistle.com/pet-loss-prevention.