Does your pet have a ticket home? Pets may be lost for a variety of reasons – slipping out of a collar, running through an open door, strolling out of the gate that was accidentally left opened, frightened of thunder, or let out accidentally by a worker. In most cases the lost pets are found by a nearby neighbor or someone else down the road. Unfortunately, your lost pet can’t tell the kindly person it’s name or where it lives. Your pet needs help getting safely back home.
The most effective form of identification is a simple city or village license tag. Most often, the tag has a number that can be referenced to your name, address and phone number. Prairie du Chien pet licenses for unneutered or unspayed dogs or cats is $8.00. A greatly reduced fee of $3 is charged for neutered or spayed dogs or cats. A vaccination certificate is also needed. More information is found on the Prairie du Chien web site: http://www.prairieduchien.info/New-to-Prairie-du-Chien.html.
Your pet’s identification is their ticket home of they become lost. In addition to a license, it’s important that pets have permanent identification in the event they get lost and lose their licenses. The preferred method of permanent identification is a microchip because a tattoo can fade over time.
An Action Plan:Losing your pet, for some, can be traumatic and overwhelming. If an immediate search within your home or immediate neighborhood fails to locate your pet, your job is to get the word out. Lost Dogs Of Wisconsin (http://lostdogsofwisconsin.org/ offers effective advice for owners who have lost their dogs.. Lost Cats of Wisconsin (https://www.facebook.com/lostcatwi) provides a source of information if you have lost your cat. Both sites are free.
A local source of information is the web site of Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter. (http://riversandbluffsanimalshelter.org/)