July Is Lost Pet Prevention Month. 10 Tips To Keep Your Pet Safe.

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty

 

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!

 

Lost Pet Statistics For 2021

Source: Peeva.co

 

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.)

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. KEEP CURRENT PHOTOS OF YOUR PETS on-hand at all times. This will come in handy if one of your pets ever gets lost.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.  


 

RESOURCES FOR PET PARENTS FROM PETHUB DURING NATIONAL LOST PET PREVENTION MONTH

 

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

Infographic: Lost Pet Poster

 

 

 

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.

 

Nina Hollander, pet friendly Charlotte Realtor

 

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P.S. If you're thinking about adding a pet to your household, please:

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Adopt Don't Shop For Pets

 

 

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Comments (26)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Kathy Streib hi Kathy... my Bingo loves to run out if the gate is unlatched over to our neighborhood dog park! I'm always checking that all our gates are fully latched before I let him out the front door.

Jul 01, 2022 12:54 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

George Souto hi George... it's so scary for pets and children and also for their parents! 

Jul 01, 2022 12:55 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Thank you Nina for your post today. Boomer was all ears when I read him your recommendations and rest assured we take good care of the booms 😙

Jul 01, 2022 05:04 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Nina awesome advice in this post, we have three cats all are indoor and they are fine with it. Our dog is always on a leash when we walk her... when we are in the back yard she is free to roam, but we never leave her by herself.... Endre

Jul 01, 2022 11:35 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is good advice to share.

Have a great day and an outstanding holiday weekend.

Jul 02, 2022 05:17 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Nina. Sometimes a review of the basics will prompt us to be more careful with our pets. Thanks! Enjoy your day.

Jul 02, 2022 05:27 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have often wondered if the cats that I see from time to time in my backyard belong to someone or if they are just strays.

Jul 02, 2022 05:44 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS hi Paul... it never entered my mind that you had anything but the safest of homes for your precious Boomer.

Jul 02, 2022 06:03 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Brian England good morning, Brian... those could also be feral cats who were never socialized with people, but just with other cats. I have some ferals in my neighborhood... they actually do warm up once they get to know you, especially if you feed them.

Jul 02, 2022 06:05 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Endre Barath, Jr. hi Endre... people don't realize that cats live much longer lives if they are indoor cats and don't go outside. My Mr. Marlow doesn't go further out than my front porch... and only if I'm on the porch with him.

Jul 02, 2022 06:06 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Roy... wishing you a lovely weekend, as well. It's very humid here today... wish it would rain and get it over with.

Jul 02, 2022 06:07 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Wayne Martin good morning, Wayne... so much of caring for our pets is really basic and common sense. Going back to basics never hurts.

Jul 02, 2022 06:07 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

These are incredible stats Nina. "1 in 3 pets are lost or stolen in their lifetime" Geez!

Jul 02, 2022 07:23 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 hi Sheila... never having lost one of my pets, I was gob-smacked by that statistic... then again, having adopted many from shelters, I suppose they I shouldn't have been.

Jul 02, 2022 07:39 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Nina:

I love this post and these tips. Those are scary statistics.

Hopefully pet owners are extra careful this holiday weekend so their pets are safe.

Jeff

Jul 02, 2022 11:02 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Jeff Dowler, CRS thanks, Jeff... I found those statistics so amazing, I went and checked about a dozen websites to make sure I wasn't "seeing" things. Clearly, I wasn't.

Jul 02, 2022 01:58 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

This post is very appropriate for the July 4th holiday, when many pets run away from exploding fireworks. My precious Boo went roaming once and came home injured from a fight. He never was allowed to roam after that day. 

Jul 02, 2022 03:26 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty hi Pat... my yard is gated so Bingo can't get out. And my cat is never allowed off of the front porch either. I'm deathly afraid of losing them.

Jul 03, 2022 05:57 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

GREAT post Nina!  Keeping our pets safe and protected is so important.  On Nextdoor.com I've read some very sad posts.  The latest was about a duck in a nearby pond with a fishing hook stuck in his beak.  Heart breaking!  Thankfully, there are a lot of good neighbors out there trying to rectify that situation.  Stay safe and cool! 

Jul 07, 2022 11:41 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ hi Jan... it feels like a tsunami of announcements sometimes in Nextdoor of people looking for lost pets or finding lost pets. I just can't imagine.

Jul 07, 2022 12:32 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ

You're right! It is!  GREAT POST!

Jul 07, 2022 02:29 PM