Sadly, pets are lost and stolen every day but on February 14 the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS) encourages pet lovers to take a moment and consider ways to improve their pet’s safety. Pet Theft Awareness Day educates pet parents on safety measures to help protect from pet theft, as well as steps to take if a pet is missing.
Recommending all pets be microchipped to help speed their return in the event they are lost or stolen, NAPPS has also prepared this list of steps to follow in case your pet is lost or stolen:
- Never leave your pet unattended in a yard, public area or car.
- When placing your pet in the care of a friend or family member, always make sure they are aware of safety precautions for your pet.
- In addition to an implanted microchip, ensure your pet always wears proper identification.
- Always maintain an accurate identification file for your pet, including a detailed description and several photos.
- If you believe your pet is stolen, call or visit your local animal shelter and government agency immediately, and continue contacting these organizations daily.
- Search everywhere. Explore any potential hiding spots, and check with all family members.
- File a police report with your local law enforcement agency. If there have been a string of pet thefts in your region, this information will assist in fully investigating the crimes.
- Canvas the neighborhood. Distribute flyers with your pet’s photo, talk with neighbors, and ask delivery individuals if they have seen your pet or spotted any unusual activity. Call your pet’s name over and over.
- Create and post signs with a clear photo of your pet and detailed descriptions.
- Register your pet with Amber Alert for Pets, a nationwide network of pet parents committed to seeing lost pets safely returned home.
- Consider securing a pet insurance policy that includes coverage for cases of theft, such as VPI Insurance.
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