BEFORE YOUR PET EVER GETS LOST
MICROCHIP YOUR PET!!
–> One in three pets will become lost at some point in their lifetime. ONE in THREE!
–> Only about 22 percent of lost dogs that entered the animal shelters were reunited with their families; however, the return-to-owner rate for microchipped dogs was over 52 percent (a 238 percent increase)!
–> Less than 2 percent of lost cats that entered the animal shelters were reunited with their families. The return-to-owner rate for microchipped cats was dramatically higher at over 38 percent (more than 2000 percent better)!
–> Only 58 percent of the microchipped animals’ microchips had been registered in a database with their pet parent’s contact information. Be sure to register your pet's chip after it is implanted; don't forget to contact the microchip company if you move or change your phone number. Keep your contact information current!!
Contact us to have your pet microchipped today!
HOW TO KEEP YOUR PET SAFE (tips provided by ACCT Philly)
- DO NOT leave your animal unattended for long periods of time. Many pets become lost because they have been outside in a yard or enclosure and they escape from an unnoticed opening.
- Always be sure your animal is wearing an appropriate collar with an identification tag and your contact information. If you change your telephone number, make sure you get a new tag for your pet with the updated information!
- License your dog. Dogs wearing city licenses are much more likely to be reunited with their families – visit PhillyDogLicense.com to license your dog now
- Microchip your pet.
- Secure all outside enclosures where you keep your pet
- NEVER walk your dog off leash.
IF YOUR PET IS LOST
Losing a pet can be a scary experience. There is no time to lose when trying to find your pet. The links below can help you get a head start on finding your lost family member!
1. Call the SPCAs in the area and file a LOST PET REPORT. Different SPCAs in different counties (Bucks, Montgomery, Delaware, Berks, Chester, Philadelphia Counties) are not linked. You can't be sure where the finder of your pet lives so they might take your pet to any of these shelters. This is why it is very important to get a lost pet report filed with each shelter.
Montgomery County SPCA – three branches
Montgomery County SPCA maintains a list of reports of lost and found pets for a period of at least 30 days from receipt. Calling one facility files the report at all three locations. You may call any of the three locations to update a previously filed report. This will keep the report active for an additional 30 days. New lost and found reports are routinely checked against the existing reports and animals in the shelter. However, nothing surpasses an owner physically checking the local shelter. No employee of the SPCA is going to recognize a pet as quickly as an owner will. Montgomery County SPCA's three facilities are open 7 days a week for anyone to view the animals.
- Abington – 1006 Edge Hill Road, Abington, PA 19001 215-886-8802
- Perkiomenville – 1059 Sweisford Road, Perkiomenville, PA 18074 610-754-7822
- Conshohocken – 19 E. Ridge Pike, Conshohocken, PA 19428 610-825-0111
Brandywine Valley SPCA (formerly Chester County SPCA) 1212 Phoenixville Pike, West Chester PA 19380 484-302-0865
To file a Lost and Found Report, click here: (http://www.bvspca.org/lost-found-pets/)
ACCT Philly 111 W. Hunting Park Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19140 215-385-3800
- File a lost report here: http://www.acctphilly.org/lostpet/lostreport/
Lost and Found Visiting Hours at ACCT Philly
Monday – Friday: 8am – 8pm
Sat, Sun & Holidays: 8am – 6pm
2. Call your local police department. Sometimes the police will bring lost pets to veterinary hospitals to be scanned for a microchip. If no chip is found, they sometimes hold the pet for a day or two before taking them to the nearest shelter.
3. If your pet went missing from your home, leave an item with your pet's scent on it outside of your home (pet's bed, used litter box). Your pet may be able to detect these scents and find their way back home.
3. Go to your local shelters and walk through the kennels. Just because you have filed a lost report does not mean that your pet might not already be in the shelter system. It is important to walk through the kennels. Intake, especially during the summer months, is very high and by the time a lost report is taken to the shelter floor, your pet may already be gone.
4. Add your pet’s information (name, age, where and when they went missing, your contact information) along with a photo to the following Facebook Lost Pages:
5. Post fliers (include your pet’s picture/name/age, where/when they went missing, and your contact information) around the area where he/she was last seen and around your neighborhood. Tell your mail carrier, your neighbors and your friends/family that your pet is lost.
7. Contact your Veterinarian.
8. Place a “lost pet” ad in your neighborhood newspaper.
9. You can enter your pet's information at The Center for Lost Pets, which was started by a team of dedicated specialists to create one central location where people who have lost and found pets can connect. http://www.thecenterforlostpets.com/
Be vigilant. Visit shelters as often as possible. Just because your pet is not there today doesn't mean that he might not be there tomorrow. And don't lose hope…some pets return home months or years after they go missing.
FOUND A PET?
The Humane Society of the United States has tips on what to do if you find a stray animal: http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/what_to_do_stray_pet.html