While we hope you've had a great 4th of July, we also hope that your pets had a safe one. That's why July is National Lost Pet Prevention Month.
Every two seconds, a pet goes missing. In fact, over 10 million animals go missing every year, only 1 in every 10 of them making it back to their owner. That's a lot of pets going missing in the U.S. every day, and that can be prevented.
National Lost Pet Prevention Month was created by PetHub, Inc. in 2014. It was created with the hope of helping owners be reunited with their pets, or keeping them from losing them at all.
If your pet went missing on the 4th of July, don't give up looking! In cities, over 100 animals can go missing all in the same weekend. If your animal is missing, here's what you should do:
Look for them. Now, don't go driving around just yet. Walk around your house or where they went missing and call their name. If they don't come back within a few minutes, you'll want to move on to the next steps.
Call local animal shelters. This is important because people might have found your pet and brought them into a shelter. Call all of your local shelters, starting with the city or town's Animal Resource Center, as this is usually where they go first.
If they're not at the shelter, then post on social media about it. In nearly every city, small or large, there should be some kind of resource page for missing and found animals. Post to your personal page, and encourage your friends to share.
Door-to-door. Drive around or walk around your neighborhood and knock on doors or leave flyers. Someone nearby might have unknowingly taken your pet in.
To find out more information on how to prevent your dogs from going missing or tips on keeping them inside the house safely, go to PetHub's Lost Pet Prevention website.
Now keep those pets safe!