Lost and Found Pets: What to Do With a Found Pet

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iStock_000020863550_LargeAt some point or another it’s likely that you will play the role of the Good Samaritan who comes across a scared cat under a porch or rescues a confused and frightened dog from a street or alley. Once we address the emergency at hand – that is, ensuring the pet is kept safe from immediate danger – we then find ourselves in the position to ask, “Now what?”

Many of us choose to take the anxious found pet into our home, garage, or fenced yard as we ascertain what the next steps are in returning the pet safely home. And, while our big heart for animals often compels us to run up to a stray dog or cat in distress, this is not always the safest approach. So, what do you do if you find a pet on the loose? Continue reading

Lost and Found Pets: What To Do When Your Pet is Missing

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Lost dog poster nailed to a lightpostThose of us who care for a pet find the idea of him or her becoming lost terrifying. Yet, each year, the greater Cleveland area sees thousands of lost pets on the streets and in shelters.  And, while some of these missing pets find their way back to their families; many pets remain unclaimed due to lack of identification tags or a microchip.

Though the prospect of losing your pet is unsettling, the good news is losing a pet is usually preventable. As a responsible pet parent, one of the most important steps you can take in ensuring your pet is returned home, should he or she get out of the yard, is to microchip your pet and maintain up-to-date information on how you can be reached. Continue reading