Pet theft is on the rise. Stolen dogs for sale on Craigslist have made the headlines more than once recently. Puppy thieves were spotted on stores surveillance cameras in Colorado stealing puppies out of the store. Another story in Florida: a pit-bull was stolen right out of an owner’s backyard and later was found up for sale on Craigslist. When the danger of dog theft is more apparent than ever, how will you keep your pet safe?
- Get a microchip for your pets. Microchips are used for pet recovery and identification purposes. It is a small implant the size of a grain of rice. The microchip is placed underneath the skin, between the shoulder blades, using a sterile applicator, much like a medicinal injection. A special scanning device is used to identify them. Your pet’s unique code is entered into a database so when they are found, your pet can get home safely.
- Leave them at home. It’s easy to give into those big brown eyes and take your dog out while you run errands, but you are making it easier for someone to grab your pet and go. Don’t tie your dog to a tree outside a store while you run in and avoid leaving your dog in the car with the windows down. Be strong and leave them at home.
- Spay and neuter your pet. According to the Animal Humane Society, pets that have been neutered or spayed are less likely to roam. Not only is it good for their health but for pet safety too. Visit your local veterinarian for more information.
- Fence in Your Yard or Keep Your Pet on a Leash. Common sense tells you not to let your pet roam free. Not only could they get stolen, but also lost or hurt. Add a secure fence to your backyard or keep them on a leash at all times for the pets safety. Most importantly,don’t let your dog out of your sight while outside.
If you follow all of these tips, you can put your mind at ease knowing your pet is safe.