Keeping Your Pets Safe During National Lost Pet Prevention Month

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Some 80 million American households have a pet. We already know that more pets get lost during the July 4th holiday 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 are less likely to find their cat. Just 53% of lost cats are recovered, while 71% of lost dogs are recovered. Some one million pets are euthanized at shelters each year. For more statistics about this epidemic of lost pets in the USA click here.



  1. MICROCHIP your pet. It's a painless process and will be "good" for your pet's lifetime. Don't forget to properly license your pet. Microchipped pets are three times more likely to be reunited with their families.

  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. Although leashing a dog is the law in many towns and cities, it's also a law that seems to be ignored too frequently.

  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. These will come in handy if one of your pets ever gets lost.

  9. WHEN TRAVELLING ALWAY SECURE YOUR PET(S) IN A QUALITY CARRIER made for travel. 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. All doors (including screen and storm doors) should be securely latched. Windows at ground level should remain closed.  






If your dog or cat does get lost, use your social media to post photos and ask everyone to share. Visit your local shelter(s) the first day if possible, and at least every other day to look for your pet in person. The Charlotte Humane Society provides excellent tips on how to go about finding your pet.




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These pet safety tips for National Lost Pet Prevention Month are provided by Nina Hollander with Coldwell Banker Realty Greater Charlotte's pet-friendly residential real estate expert and pet parent and lover.


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Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

I am always amazed by folks who leave their dog in the yard for a couple of hours, then are surprised that they dug a hole under the fence and got out. Come on people!

Jul 01, 2024 06:46 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty there's that. Cats can also wiggle out from fences. And then there are those dogs that are simply snatched out of a yard. Only 60% of micro-chipped dogs are registered. It's not hard to register your dog if it's microchipped.

Jul 01, 2024 06:49 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Nina - once again, proper preparation plays a significant part in countless ways of living on Planet Earth.  Pets too are included with that thinking - and pawsitively there are consequences.   🐾

Jul 01, 2024 07:45 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Michael Jacobs good morning, Michael... so much of life's consequences comes from preparation or lack thereof.

Jul 01, 2024 08:26 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

Nina, Ensuring the safety of your pets during National Lost Pet Prevention Month and always is crucial!

Jul 01, 2024 08:24 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 hi Sheila... I don't know about you, but I find the numbers about lost pets staggering. I can't imagine losing one of my fur babies.

Jul 01, 2024 08:27 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

These are timely reminders to share with pet owners. I will post your blog on X.

Jul 01, 2024 10:04 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Thank you and thank you, Roy

Jul 01, 2024 10:08 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Nina and thank you for these great tips to chare about pets here in the Rain.  Can I reblog it?

Jul 01, 2024 10:32 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

 Will Hamm sure, Will. You can reblog anything I post at any time.

Jul 01, 2024 10:39 AM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
NC Real Estate Transition & Relocation 919-602-848

Wow Nina, this is great information. I did not know so many pets were lost on July 4th. I did know they don't like fireworks. Fortunately, our Gracie wasn't bothered by them much but one of my daughter's two dogs is very scared of fireworks and will hide in the closet. 

Jul 01, 2024 10:41 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Carla Freund the number of lost and stolen pets is staggering and it doesn't seem to go down from year to year.

Jul 01, 2024 10:42 AM
Carla Freund

Yes, it reminded me to text my daughter about her dog since she's traveling and has a dog sitter. 

Jul 01, 2024 10:52 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Nina- it pains me every time I open the Next Door app to see photos of lost or found dogs/cats. Our dog was microchipped and I'm glad she was. She was an "escaper" so when we took her to our good friend's house, I had Larry do a fence check to look for holes she might escape from. 

And to those who take their dogs out for a walk...take water for them!!

Jul 01, 2024 11:23 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Kathy Streib I see those announcements on Next Door and on Facebook (local) all the time, as well. People are often just so casual about their pets' safety. Bingo is a bit of an escaper, as well. First thing he does when I let him out is check the gate to see if it's fully latched. His collar always has his name, my name, my phone and address on it.

Jul 01, 2024 12:12 PM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Some surprising statistics, good post reminding us all to be more careful and aware.

Jul 01, 2024 12:12 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 hi Nick... I've followed these statistics for years... they don't seem to decrease and I never fail to be gob-smacked by them.

Jul 01, 2024 12:15 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Nina as you know I do not have pets, BUT if I did, losing a pet is an experience I hope I would never have to endure.

Jul 01, 2024 01:09 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker

George Souto hi George... losing a pet is like losing a child. I have clients who've had a pet get lost and it's not a pretty picture.

Jul 01, 2024 02:28 PM
Mike McCann Nebraska Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farm & Commercial Land Broker-Auctioneer Serving Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm & Commercial Property For Sale 308-627-3700

HI Nina Hollander, Broker  Wow...what a great blog.  Our yard does not have wing fences and when our daughters dog is here, it does not like to have to be on the leash all the time.  I hate fenced in yards and refuse to put in wing she gets a choice...have her dog on the leash (about 40 foot long), leave her at her house, take a chance on the dog obeying (yeah right).  I am amazed at how many animals are lost and also how many have dogs freedom has ended in our backyard as they get in the yard and then seem to stay until their owner shows up as there is no where to go except from where they came from.  

Jul 01, 2024 03:12 PM
Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Nina Hollander, Broker - those are staggering statistics! At least my area has put rules in place to protect pets and violaters will have consequences. 

Jul 01, 2024 05:23 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP good morning, Patricia. Those lost pet statistics are staggering aren't they? And I've followed them for years. They don't seem to decline.

Jul 02, 2024 02:54 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

These are great pet tips, Nina. I do not allow my fur babies outside. They mean too much to me to take that risk.

Jul 01, 2024 05:49 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty thank you, Pat. Our entire yard is fenced, front, sides, back... so I do let my dog out (not my cat). He likes to sit on the lawn or front porch and watch the world go by.

Jul 02, 2024 02:58 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Nina Hollander, Broker  what excellent advice and post, as I write this comment the neighborhood is setting off M-80's and fireworks illegal just to be clear and our little Holly is shaking Endre

Jul 01, 2024 09:56 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Endre Barath, Jr. good morning and thanks, Endre. I can't believe people are already setting off fireworks. At least in my neighborhood they wait until the actual holiday.

Jul 02, 2024 02:58 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It's sad when someone loses a pet and I often wonder why they were lost, or perhaps maybe they just ran away, haha.

Jul 02, 2024 05:15 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Brian England hi Brian... if you don't properly contain pets on your property they will go wandering... and then might never be found.

Jul 02, 2024 01:35 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Nina, this is the time of year our pets absolutely hate.   All the sounds that scare them to death!   Great post.

Jul 02, 2024 12:23 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Joan Cox thanks, Joan, my previous dogs had a problem with noise. Bingo seems to stay calm, as does Mr. Marlow.

Jul 02, 2024 01:36 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Nina,

Pet owners do have to be vigilant with their pet for the safety and well being. Sometimes people just don't realize the level of commitment it takes to have a pet and then they don't want the pet and don't know what to do. It's a big decision to be a pet owner and should be carefully considered before taking that step of acquiring a pet.

Jul 03, 2024 06:02 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Dorie Dillard Austin TX so many pets are being abandoned at our shelters, it's heart-breaking, Dorie. It is a commitment and too many people undertake pet ownership without realizing just how big that commitment can be in terms of time and money.

Jul 03, 2024 06:58 AM
Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
850-476-4494 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.

Thanks for the pet information. Being a pet owner is a lot of responsibility, if not more so than having a child. 

Jul 07, 2024 02:51 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Charles Stallions no doubt about that, Charles! At some point children grow up and become self-reliant... not so with pets.

Jul 08, 2024 04:37 AM