Adoptions and Lost Pets
The Importance of microchipping.
Gregg Animal Hospital strongly recommends all pets be microchipped! Microchips are an affordable and convenient way to keep permanent identification on your pet. Statistically, one third of household pets in the United States go missing at some point in their lives. Ninety percent of lost pets who are not microchipped are never returned to their homes. Our hospital uses Homeagain microchips; visit http://www.homeagain.com for more information!
What to do if you lose your pet.
Post everywhere! Many online publications have a lost pets section. Post pictures of your pet, a good description with special identifying characteristics, contact information, and the area your pet was last seen on the lost and found sections of places like Craigslist and newspaper classifieds. Send fliers to area veterinary hospitals with the same information, and be sure to check with the local rescues, shelters, and animal control agencies often as new pets are brought in daily! If your pet is microchipped and registered, homeagain.com also offers the ability to send out email alerts to "pet rescuers" in the area and print lost pet fliers using the information you provided.
Selecting a new pet.
There are many considerations to account for when selecting a new friend. In order to keep both parties healthy and happy, try to select a dog whose breed profile matches your lifestyle and family dynamic. Research the breed prior to selection; even mixed breeds carry characteristics of their predecessors. Some breeds require frequent grooming and visits to the salon, others have activity demands that, if not met, may lead to destructive behavior. Keep in mind, what may seem like the cutest most perfect little bundle of puppy joy can quickly become the Tasmanian tornado that will tear your house apart if you are not ready for or aware of his or her needs. Another consideration to keep in mind is costs of pet ownership.
Even a free dog is never free! New puppies and kittens require frequent visits to the vet for their initial vaccination series (usually done at three week intervals up until they are 16 weeks of age), and every dog and cat should receive a good annual physical exam by a veterinarian and booster vaccines when necessary. The ASPCA has many tips for helping people find the perfect fit for their family. Visit their website at http://www.phpca.com for more information.