JULY IS NATIONAL LOST PET PREVENTION MONTH... DID YOU KNOW...
1 IN 3 PETS ARE LOST OR STOLEN IN THEIR LIFETIME!
80% OF PETS ARE NEVER RECOVERED!
A FAMILY PET IS LOST EVERY 2 SECONDS IN NORTH AMERICA!
Today is July 1st. That means we are observing National Lost Pet Prevention Month. 80 million US households have a pet and we already know that more pets get lost during the July 4th holidays than any other day of the year. But did you know that almost 10 MILLION dogs and cats are lost or stolen each year? That's 14% of dogs and 15% of cats; Cat owners were less likely to find their cat. Just 74% of lost cats are recovered, while 93% of lost dogs are recovered. For more statistics about this epidemic of lost pets in the USA click here.
10 TIPS TO KEEP YOUR PETS SAFE & KEEP THEM FROM GETTING LOST
- MICROCHIP your pet. It's a painless process and will be "good" for your pet's lifetime. And be sure to properly license your pet.
- PUT ID TAGS on your pet's collar. Make sure the collar is secure. Tags should include your name and phone number. (My dog's collar tag has his name, my name, my phone number and my address.)
- KEEP YOUR DOG ON A LEASH when outside your property. Of course, leashing a dog is the law in many towns and cities. It's also a law that seems to be broken a lot.
- TEACH YOUR DOG STAY & COME COMMANDS. That way, when you are outside on a street, in a park, a parking lot, if for some reason your dog gets out of your grasp and runs, they are likely to listen to your command and come back.
- DON'T LEAVE YOUR PETS ALONE OUTSIDE for any length of time, especially at night, if you're in an area prone to coyotes, mountain lions, hawks, other predators.
- FENCE YOUR YARD and make sure the gates are secure and always closed. And make certain the fencing you use doesn't allow your dog to push through the fence slats.
KEEP YOUR CATS INDOORS but if you do let them outdoors, make sure they are on a leash or a harness or in a fenced in catio.
KEEP CURRENT PHOTOS OF YOUR PETS on-hand at all times. This will come in handy if one of your pets ever gets lost.
WHEN YOU'RE TRAVELLING ALWAY SECURE YOUR PET IN A QUALITY CARRIER made for travel and be sure to properly label the carrier. In your car, be sure to harness your dog to a seat belt.
SECURE YOUR HOME. Make certain your dogs and cats can't escape out the windows or doors. Make sure all doors (including screen and storm doors) are securely latched. Windows at ground level should remain closed.
HOW TO DEAL WITH A LOST PET IN CHARLOTTE
If you lose a pet in Charlotte, the CMPD Animal Care & Control Division has set up an online lost report for missing pets and a found report for recovered pets within the community in an effort to help reunite owners with their pets. And if your dog or cat does get lost, use your social media to post photos and ask everyone to share.
HOW TO MAKET A LOST PET POSTER/FLYER: INFOGRAPHIC
These pet safety tips for National Lost Pet Prevention Month are provided by Nina Hollander and Carolinas Realty Partners with Coldwell Banker, Greater Charlotte region pet-friendly residential real estate experts and pet parents and lovers.
If you're considering selling or purchasing a home in the Charlotte metro area this summer, I'd love an opportunity to earn your business, to exceed your expectations, and to show you why experience matters and how:
P.S. If you're thinking about adding a pet to your household, please:
ADOPT, DON'T SHOP!