We all know that February 14th is Valentine’s Day, but did you know that it is also Pet Theft Awareness Day?
Pet Theft Awareness Day is a yearly ‘holiday’ that was started by the Last Chance for Animals campaign in 1988. The National Association for Pet Sitters estimates that an average of 2 million pets are stolen each year. Dedicated to February 14th, the day brings awareness to pet theft and highlights ways to prevent theft of your beloved furbaby.
Here are a few ways to protect your pet from theft:
- Microchip your pet. It’s the number one way to make sure your pet makes it back to you.
- Organize your pet’s information. Have all of your pet’s medical information and recent pictures in a handy file.
- Ensure your yard is secure. We actually have a padlock on the gate in our backyard to prevent anyone from opening our gate. I’m sure the fluffies would love the adventure, but I disagree!
- Never leave your pet unattended. Don’t leash your pup outside a store while you run inside. So many things could go wrong.
How else can we prevent a horrible incident of pet theft?