The 4th of July is around the corner, PACC offers tips on finding lost pets | People
For many it is scary and heartbreaking to lose a cherished pet. The Pima Animal Care Center has seen a six percent increase in reunions between owners and their pets this fiscal year.
As of May 1,834 pets had been returned to their owners due to improvements in its reporting process, as well as an increase in networking and outreach programs. At this same time last year only 1,724 pets had been returned to their owners.
With the 4th of July holiday approaching, PACC wants to remind owners about tips on how to locate their lost pet, if frightened by fireworks or lost during an outing, etc.
PACC agrees that posting flyers and notices around the neighborhood is a still a good idea and should be tops on the list, but there are other steps to do to help locate their pet.
The following are some of the ideas offered by PACC:
- Visit the PACC website daily to see animals that have been picked up as strays or turned in by the community. Their intake list is frequently updated at http://www.paccintake.pima.gov/. Keep in mind that if an animal is not claimed within three full days by its owner, it will be evaluated for adoption or rescue.
- File a lost report with Pima Animal Care Center by calling 243-5900, as well as filing one with the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. And make sure to check with both shelters about any found reports. Sometimes members of the community will hold onto dogs or cats rather than bring them into a shelter, but will leave contact information for inquiring owners.
- Go down in person to visit both shelters if possible. What one person would describe as a pit bull mix might be what another would describe as a lab mix. Coming in person helps reduce the chances of misidentification.
- Check online at the following websites: http://www.petharbor.com and http://www.found-pets.org/, which are clearinghouses for found pets throughout Pima County, compiling lists from the PACC shelter and the general community.
- Visit the Lost and Found Pets of Pima County Facebook page, as well as checking Craigslist.
- Check with neighbors, as well as nearby veterinarians and groomers, to see if they’ve had word on any ‘found’ pets.
The last and possibly the most important step is to license all pets. It is the law, but it is also the best way to help the shelter find owners, if the shelter ends up caring for their pet. It is $15 a year for a dog that has been spayed or neutered.
For more information about licensing, please visit http://www.pimaanimalcare.org/.