Five Ways to Protect Your Pet

A dog friendly neighborhood is not just one that is close to a dog park.  It is a neighborhood where the neighbors consider your dog a member of the family.  Like children it takes a village to care for a dog.  If for any reason your pet ever escapes or gets lost, you need to be connected to your community in order to get help. 

When a pet goes missing, the first moments are the most crucial in getting them back safely. If at all possible, you want as much support in place to ensure they can be returned before they become traumatized or taken to an establishment where traditional identification methods take time to process.

I recently discovered a wonderful service for pet owners called My Pet Street.  The My Pet Street PetAlertz community is a free neighborhood watch service to help prevent lost or stolen pets.  Connie Weiss, CEO and Founder of My Pet Street, suggests the following five tips for keeping your pets safe. 

  1. Always have identification tags attached to collars and harnesses. Use split rings or snap hooks so they stay on securely. “S” and “O” rings open easily and tags fall off.
  2. If you are in pursuit of a dog, don’t run after it – instead, get into their view and squat down – calling them to you.
  3. Carry a squeaky toy, ball, or treats – whatever will be the most attractive to the dog.
  4. Pet theft is on the rise. Keep your animals indoors if you are not at home, and don’t tether them in public areas unless you have a clear line of sight at all times.
  5. If your pet is lost, never give up! We have stories of pets coming home long after most people feared for the worst. Your drive and energy will keep hope alive for the rest of the community and they will help you!

Connie reminds us that as a community, we know that if you agree to help me, and I agree to help you, we significantly increase the chances of reuniting lost pets quickly. She and her team look forward to seeing you in the neighborhood!

Thanks, Connie.


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