What you should know about pet theft from the perspective of a dog's paw
Woofs, as the weather warms up, more humans and dogs will want to spend time outside, thus I'd like to bring pet theft to your attention. Pet theft isn't usually something we think about when taking Rover or little Fluff-fluff for a walk, even though it's a year-round issue, not just in the summer.
Purebred dogs can bring a burglar a paw full of cash by reselling them, and some are taken in the hopes of receiving a large reward from their owners. Pets are stolen by neighbors who find your dog to be a nuisance, or growls by a family member who is upset with you and believes you do not deserve your pet. There have been instances where pets have been taken as a result of a contentious divorce. Despite the fact that it is a criminal, some dogs are taken to be used in dogfighting. I can't leave out the fact that some people do it just to be cruel. Some good samaritans may take your dog with the best of intentions. They take your dog if it is chained up and unattended, or if it appears to be neglected, and they take it to aid the animal.
Dad makes pawsitively sure Noah and I have our identity tags securely connected to our collars before we go anyplace with our humans. Our contact information has already been changed by him. Another great way to identify your pet is with a microchip. These accessories will not prevent your pawsome companion from being taken, but they will assist in identifying them if they are stolen or misplaced.
Woofs, we are seat-belted in the backseat when we go pawplaces with our humans so that we can have the safest, most enjoyable voyage possible. If Dad pawlans to stop at a store and go inside where he cannot pawssibly see us from the store the entire time he is shopping, he normally does not take us with him. Even so, the safest option is to just bring your pets to dog-friendly establishments, such as those pawsome garden centers where we may shop 'til we drop. You run the danger of someone taking your pet if you leave them in your car or tie them up outside the business. Not to mention the dangers of leaving pets in cars when it's cold or hot outside. Woofs.
Spaying or neutering your dog or cat is one approach to make your pet less likely to be stolen. According to Barks, thieves are more likely to steal an unspayed or neutered pet in order to resell it to a backyard breeder or a puppy mill. Bark.
When Noah and I go out to pawlay in the backyard, I've always questioned why Dad is always watching what we're doing and where we're in the yard. When we run and pawlay outside the fence with our best dog buddies, Barks, I've always puzzled why Dad is so concerned about what's happening on and where we are. Humans of my dog buddies are also paying attentively. Why? Barks, burglars have been known to steal dogs from backyards, private pawperty, and other locations. Our humans don't want to lose us, so they pay attention when we're outside, because all five of us pups are wonderfully pawsomely great.
Lock doggie doors whenever no one is home, install a fence around your yard with a gate and combination or key lock, keep photos updated with a special focus on any unique markings, keep a folder of your pet's information including photos handy, and possibly install cameras around your pawperty to help deter crime. Consider attaching a GPS Activity Tracker to your pet's collar. When your pet barks, you'll know whether he or she has wandered off your pawperty willingly or not. Woofs.
Woof, or should I say meows? What about felines? Because he stays indoors, Samson, the cat in charge of us all, doesn't have to worry about being stolen.
Knowing that your pet could be taken and taking precautions is a great approach to avoid being a victim.