I’ve mentioned before that I seem to be a magnet for lost and stray dogs—so much so, that I now carry an extra leash in the car. Fortunately, all but one of the dogs I’ve found were reunited with their people or were adopted. I still think about the puppy we found when we lived in a studio apartment with 2 cats that we had to take to the city animal shelter. I hope he was adopted by someone who loved him.
I’ll add to that list that because most of the dogs I’ve found have been in my neighborhood, I’ve taken them to our neighborhood vet to have them scanned for a microchip. Your neighborhood vet can be especially helpful if the dog isn’t chipped because they just might recognize the animal and know where it lives. This happened with one of the dogs I found with no tags and no microchip. I’m really lucky because if they have room, our vet will actually hold the animal for a short time. Check with your neighborhood vet—they might be really helpful!
A cute little poodle mix is one lucky dog even though she did get hit by a car. The driver saw her run into traffic and hit the breaks. He thought he’d missed her when he didn’t couldn’t see the dog in the road behind him, so he kept driving. He didn’t see the dog because she was wedged in his car’s grill. After another driver alerted him, he drove to a police station where the dog was removed almost unharmed. She really only had a concussion and a bruised bladder. Amazing!
The sweet dog is microchipped, but her information isn’t up-to-date. Don’t forget to keep your pets’ contact information current! I need to double-check our furred ones’ contact info. myself and make sure the phone numbers are current.
Catster has a terrific list of easy-to-do things that can help your pets get through an emergency and includes several tips I hadn’t considered. These are three I thought were particularly good.
A Together Tag registers your pet in a national network and allows you to have multiple contacts listed. This means you can have an out-of-state contact in the event that local calls aren’t going through. Microchips are still important, but getting access to someone with a scanner may be impossible after a disaster. The Together Tag is more insurance that you’ll be reunited with your pet.
Scan or photograph the labels of your pet’s medication and upload to a photo-sharing site. Be sure to black out your personal information.
Make detailed Emergency Instruction cards for your pets—include information on medications, food, who you want to have custody of your pet if your’re incapacitated or killed—and put the cards in a prominent place like the back of your front door. Consider one for your wallet, so if something happens to you, emergency responders will know your have animals dependent on you.