It happened again. My husband and I walk our dogs through our neighborhood three times a day. Several times a month we run across someone who is looking for a lost dog or cat. When asked if these animals have ID we are often told, “Oh, no. They’re inside pets, so they don’t need collars.”
So what happens when these “inside” pets accidentally get loose? Most often they’re not familiar with their neighborhood. They become lost, cold, hungry and confused and often are never returned to their rightful owners.
Accidents happen, but if an animal is wearing some form of ID, its chances of being reunited with its rightful owner are immensely greater. Microchipping is, of course, the best solution, but not everyone can afford this procedure. You can get a dog or a cat collar at the dollar store and add a name and phone number.
Remember that generations of breeding out the “wild” in these animals have left most of them unable to withstand this cold weather. Please see that your animals are protected, especially at night.