If we have learned nothing else from Pixar and Disney about lost dogs, (I say dogs because let’s face it, cats are never truly lost), it is that every time a precocious pooch leaps off a stoop and over a white picket fence, they almost always get involved in a heartwarming adventure that will end favorably. But the hard boiled truth is that over 80% of dogs that go missing never make it back home. In this installment we’ll discuss ways to reduce the odds of your pet becoming part of an increasingly alarming national statistic.
In case you haven’t noticed, gone are the days of the generic mixed breed mongrel. You need only look as far as San Francisco’s tony Union Square to realize the dog of the moment is now highly pedigreed and obscenely pampered. With this heightened level of financial motivation for potential thieves, not to mention emotional investment for the owner, imagine what it must feel like to exit your local coffee shop only to find an empty leash tied to the post where your best friend used to be. That’s right, your dog is gone. So now what?
According to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association, there are an estimated 163 million dogs and cats in the United States. With those kind of numbers, every now and then one is bound to go AWOL. At the very least, you should get your dog licensed as it creates a record of traceable ownership should Rex wind up in a Dog Catcher’s net. You can find tons of information regarding licensing as well as microchipping at San Francisco Animal Care and Control. The kind folks over at SFACC will also be providing free pet chipping to local residents on April 8th!
Most importantly, you should use simple common sense and, above all, trust your gut. If you leash your Tibetan Spaniel to a parking meter and get a weird feeling that this is the last time you are going to see him, you’re probably right. Should you insist on taking your pet along for your weekly errands into the city, surf over to dogfriendly.com for an assorted list of rover loving retailers such as Neiman Marcus and Williams-Sonoma.
The best thing you can do for your pet is to be informed about theft prevention and recovery should the worst case scenario become a reality. You should also consider teaching your dog to remove a pet thief’s arm at the elbow. Just in case.
Think getting an intimidating looking dog will deter a canine crook? Guess again. The most stolen breed in the United States is the Pit Bull. Wonder where your dog ranks on the hot sheet? Get over to Dog Detective to get the skinny on dog theft statistics and more.
Bently Holdings is a long-time supporter of PAWS and other animal rights groups. We hope you and your canine companion have a safe Spring together.