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MICROCHIP your pet. How does a MICROCHIP work?
This form of permanent ID can help your lost pet find it’s way home. They will thank you!
A microchip is a small implanted frequency device (RFID) about the size of a grain of rice. It is injected under the skin between pet’s shoulders. It is similar to getting a vaccination, no anesthesia is required. It is claimed that it is not a painful procedure…maybe like a sting. The MC is completely inert lacks a power source. To read the information on the microchip, a scanner that emits specific radio frequencies is passed over the pet. This ID number is then entered into a database where the pet owner’s information is stored. This is why it is VERY IMPORTANT to keep your information updated. Be a responsible pet parent, they depend on you.
Microchipping your pet is beneficial. One success story, a lost pet was taken to a veterinarian, they scanned it and the pet actually belonged to one of the vet’s other clients. They came and retrieved their pet who snuck out under the fence. I recently heard of a dog that was returned after 7 years of being gone! The owners were thrilled to get their pet back after showing up in a shelter.
Collars and name tags are important as well, but they can come off and Microchipping is double insurance in retrieving your lost pet.
After you have your pet Microchipped make sure you register the information properly. The information in the database associated with that number consists ONLY if provided by the owner. Again, register it and keep it up to date. Please be a responsible pet owner. Do it BEFORE you have to learn the hard/heartbreaking way.
Do you have a story you can share with us? see the area, below, to reply to this entry about Microchipping…tell us your story, it can help to educate others.
source: myself, Barbara Tapella, and Dr. Jeff Rothstein, president of progressive pet animal hospitals in Michigan
What to do…Check Animal Shelters
Be certain to check with every animal shelter or humane society in your vicinity daily, or at least every two or three days. Click here for a list of some of the local shelters. You must go in person, as it is very difficult for busy shelter personnel to identify your pet by phone. Take the extra time to visit each shelter to avoid an unfortunate oversight. Stray dogs picked up by animal control are often misidentified as the wrong breed, wrong age, or even the wrong sex. Check every department of the shelter, including the hospital room, holding area, or quarantine area. Don’t think that because your pet is purebred that he or she was stolen. The shelters are full of purebred animals of all ages waiting for their owners to pick them up!
Check the Shelter Websites
Many of the animal shelters now maintain their own websites, posting photos and information about the dogs at their facility. Click here for a list of some of the local shelters and their website addresses. While these can be useful, don’t rely solely on the shelter websites — not every dog in the shelter gets his or her photo and information posted! In some cases, by the time a dog is posted to the website, his or her time at the shelter is almost up!
Keep Checking the Shelters
Continue to check shelters for weeks after your pet has disappeared in case it has been temporarily taken in by someone. Even if your dog was wearing an I.D. tag or microchip, go to the shelter and look for yourself! We’ve seen dogs wearing collars and I.D. tags waiting at shelters for their owners to pick them up. If you have moved or changed your phone number, the shelter may have no way to get in contact with you.
Check with Neighbors
Someone may have taken your pet in with good intentions, especially if it was not wearing I.D. Take a photo of your pet door-to-door, covering several blocks around the area that it was last seen. Be sure to also check with neighborhood kids. If you found a dog, put them on a leash and walk around the neighborhood you found them in. Do this several times. Ask neighbors…”do you know this dog? I found it and I am trying to find it’s home”.
Check Local Parks and Schools
Stray pets are often attracted to areas where there are trash cans filled with discarded food and plenty of water to drink. Check locations near where the pet was lost that might be sources of an easy meal.
Type or print a bold poster containing your pet’s photo, so that it’s easily and quickly legible to passing motorists. Including a photo greatly increases your chance of recovery. Post copies of your poster at local veterinary offices, pet supply stores, animal shelters, groomers, grocery stores, busy intersections, etc. and throughout your neighborhood in highly visible places.
Call Lost & Found Services
In addition to your local animal shelters, some services and organizations take calls regarding lost and found pets, and can assist in recovery. Try these resources:
Call (888) 85FOUND
Call (714) 978-PETS
Place “Lost Dog” Ads in Local Papers
Some publications will run free “lost pet” ads for a few days. If not free, the cost is usually minimal, and well worth increasing the chances of recovering your pet.
Check “Found Dog” Ads
Check “found pet” ads in newspapers daily. Call any ad that remotely resembles the description of your pet, since the people placing the ad might not describe your pet accurately.
Don’t Assume Your Pet was Stolen!
Occasionally, we hear reports of puppies or toy-breed dogs having been stolen from their owners, but it is very uncommon for a large-breed dog such as a German Shepherd to be taken by a stranger. Often, owners assume that the reason their dog is suddenly missing from their yard could only mean that someone entered the premises and took the animal. In every one of these cases, we have found later that the dog either jumped the fence or escaped the yard in some other manner. In one case, the dog had gotten under the house and became trapped. Don’t assume that someone has taken your dog!
Don’t Give Up!
Depending on the circumstances under which your pet was lost, and where it has ended up, it could take several weeks, even months, for your reunion. For your pet’s sake as well as your own, never stop looking. When you do locate your pet, RUN — don’t walk — to the nearest pet supply store and get an I.D. tag on his or her collar IMMEDIATELY. An I.D. tag is the best way to help your pet to find his or her way safely back home. MICROCHIP!!!!!!!
We found a special couple to open their hearts and give another dog a home! Yay! How good does this feel? You know what I mean if you have ever found an animal in need. You feel all that tension and anxiety, and ask “why did I get involved with this?”. Then you stick with it, you get support and the magic starts to unfold, ending in a blessed act of kindness! Another Happy Animal who is safe.
Your hope is raised and you are happy you got involved. You kick up your heels and feel like you contributed.
The Internet is amazing, so powerful and reaches many miles and makes the limits much wider. I often think about all the dogs, cats, pets that used to rely on the local classified ads in newspapers. If you were lucky enough a person telephoned. “in the old days”….
I love doing this work for the animals- It takes time and tenacity.
Want to share this-My regular income is generated with my massage practice and has been since 1984. In 2010, I created www.mypetfirst.com to educate, network and build community for the animals. It helps to bring income & keep my heart projects alive. Please consider stopping by and looking at the Pet food I represent, or click google ads below, or buy from my affiliates, and/or order stuff through my link at Amazon (for anything you buy). We all will benefit!
The pet food, supplements & treats I represent at Life’s Abundance is a human grade pet food that gets delivered right to your doorstep…on a schedule that you control. The Holistic Vet that formulates it, Dr. Jane, donates, quarterly, to animal rescue groups. The benefits keep on coming!
Watch these short informative videos on the quality of our Pet food at Life’s Abundance. we explain why it’s premium pet food. I would love it if you placed and order. It helps to generate some income for all the time and energy I (unconditionally) give everyday.
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Thank you! Barbara Tapella
This is Barbara and Moki. She found Barbara & was adopted when she was 7 years old and lived a blessed life until she was 16.
Winter will soon wrap her cold, sleety arms around much of the country. We want to remind everybody to take special precautions to keep their fur kids safe and healthy. Veterinarian, Dr. Sarah, devotes time to the crucial topic of cold-weather safety.
Be it Winter or Spring or any other season…. EMBRACE the responsibility of a new companion animal. Make sure you are educated to best serve your new family member. It’s a FOREVER COMMITMENT.
Dr. Sarah has some seriously helpful tips for all new and established pet parents alike. It’s our (Life’s Abundance) version of the best-of-the-best info for winter pet care, with a dash of old-school puppy safety thrown in for good measure. Hopefully, this brief video will put your mind at ease, demonstrating just how simple it is to keep wee pups, and old dogs, safe throughout the chilly winter.
Claudia Hoffmann writes: My friend Eldad Hagar and his wife Audrey Spilker Hagar do such an amazing job helping stray animals. The videos bring awareness of what’s really out there. More abandoned and stray dogs than a lot of people dare to imagine.
You can pick up CAR LOADS of stray animals daily in LA and surrounding areas! PLEASE spay/neuter and micro chip your animals!
- The American Humane Association has completed phase I of a three-part study on pet ownership. The goal of the study is to help find families for more homeless pets, and to help those pets remain in their new homes forever.
- Phase I of the study examined the reasons people don’t own a dog or cat.,what One surprising result from the survey of 1,500 previous pet owners was that 20 percent were still dealing with the grief of losing a prior pet, which prevented them from getting another four-legged companion.
- Results from phase I indicate pet advocacy groups need to address general negative attitudes toward cats, focus cat adoption strategies on the people most open to owning a kitty, and better understand the role grief plays as a barrier to future pet ownership.
resource: Dr. Becker’s Blog
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found this today, please educate yourself:
Pet owners should create a safety kit to keep on hand for poisoning emergencies involving their animals. According to the ASPCA, this kit should contain:
• A fresh bottle of hydrogen peroxide, 3 percent solution (USP).
• Can of soft dog or cat food.
• Turkey baster, bulb syringe, or large medical syringe.
• Saline eye solution to flush out eye contaminants.
• Artificial tear gel to lubricate eyes after flushing
• Mild grease-cutting dishwashing liquid to decontaminate skin.
• Skunk Off! or tomato juice (for skunk spray).
• Rubber gloves or tough gardening gloves.
• Forceps to remove stingers.
• Muzzle (a frightened animal may inadvertently bite).
• Several soft old towels.
• Pet carrier.
If you suspect you pet has consumed something toxic, call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center: (888) 426-4435. There is a $60 consultation fee for this service; experts are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Want to do something about the threat to pets? Protect household animals from toxins by letting the FDA know that we need a new system of public health protections.
By Melissa Breyer, Senior Editor, Care2 Healthy and Green Living
I asked Sara how she came across Luna, her dog…(see my last blog)….this is what Sara wrote-Please read-and if you can send a few bucks..it will make a HUGE difference! Sayulita-Their work is heart and soul!
“Last full moon night (August 30th) I drove home from Sayulita. I live 5 km from town. Just when I turned into the drive way I saw something black standing on the side of the highway. I stopped my car and got out to see what that black thing was. It was a dog. I immediately took food out of my car (I always keep dog food in the back), put some kibbles in my hand and slowly carefully approached the dog. He was careful, didn’t trust me at first and it took him a while to decide what to do. Finally he came up to me and started eating out of my hand. I put some more food in a bowl and put it on the ground away from the highway. I looked at him closely, it was a bright night and it broke my heart. I saw his jaw looked weird, I saw he was limping from his hind leg, I saw his fur was rough, I saw he was dripping wet as it had rained just before, I saw he was painfully thin……..overall he was the worst I have seen.
He ate and let me touch him.
Because I have a pack of 4 dogs and one of them is aggressive I couldn’t take him home that night. I decided to put him in my car and in the morning I would bring him to the clinic and have the vet look at him.
So I carefully picked him up and carried him to my car. He didn’t like it but let me do it. He absolutely did not like being in the car and wanted to jump out. So I said to him: ”ok buddy, I let you out, I put food for you here and you better stick around till the morning. Wait for me here and I will get you and we go to the vet!”
I drove off and saw him in the back mirror lying right there. I came to my house, turned on the light and……… saw that there were thousands of maggot-like insects growling all over me! I screamed at my dogs not to come close and went straight to the bathroom where I took a shower with my clothes on! It was gross and made me realize that the dog must be COVERED with these things but he didn’t even scratch himself. He is beyond that, he is like a Zombie dog.
Next morning came and he…..was NOT there. I looked for him but nothing.
The morning after he…..was THERE! I fed him and took some photos (one I sent to you) from that first meal. And then I saw all the insects that were living on him! Horrendous! I picked him up again and carried him to my car and off we went.
The vet and I gave him a bath which made me almost throw up and she checked him out.
He is old, he has no front teeth, his tongue is hanging at the side most times, he has a fractured leg or hip, he has erlichia and he is EXTREMELY sweet!
So now he lives at the clinic and I love him so very much. I named him Luna (even though he is a male) because I fist saw him at full moon.
I have been doing dog rescue for the last 3 1/2 years and it’s brutal work, Barbara. My heart is so broken and my soul so sad that I sometimes feel I can’t anymore. But I WILL! I won’t give up. It’s my passion and the dogs and cats are my very best friends.
Right now there are 5 starving dogs at the highway for whom I put food out. Four a female so as soon as they are fatter I will try to get them and have them spayed. They are very shy but with time I will win their trust.
Thank you for listening and thank you for your kind words, support and encouragement!
Yes, donations are coming in thanks to your efforts! Kimberley Clemens donated $15, Katie Hoffman $75 and Kim Kurylo $50 so far! Click here to help-www.sayulitanimals.org
It’s just wonderful!
Big hugs back from the SA gang!
Sayulitanimals opened its doors in February of 2009, in response to the packs of dogs and hoards of cats who wandered around unwanted, sick, abused and actively reproducing. To meet the needs of the community, four core programs were put in place: Medical Aid for Street Animals, Adoption and Foster Assistance, Community Education, and Free Spay and Neuter. http://www.sayulitanimals.org/home.html
Medical Aid for Street Animals: helps abandoned cats and dogs suffering from parasites, mange, starvation and innumerable diseases and accidents. Sayulitanimals will provide financial assistance for quality medical treatment. The person who found the animal will be responsible for its care.
Adoption and Foster Assistance: the requirements to take an animal out of the country are proper vaccines, a health certificate, a kennel and a plane ticket. Sayulitanimals will help you with the details, and the cost is minimal. We arrange local and foreign adoptions. We also have a list of foster homes for short term care.
Community Education: educates our town concerning relevant and up-to-date animal practices. Whether it is medical aid, proper training or pet care fundamentals, Sayulitanimals puts the information into the hands that need it.
Free Spay and Neuter: the only successful plan to diminish animal problems which stem from overpopulation: disease, abandonment or animal cruelty. Sayulitanimals offers free spay and neuter appointments every Saturday, as well as quarterly campaigns. We average 600-800 animals a year. http://www.sayulitanimals.org/home.html
Progress is made through the understanding that it takes everyone working together to bring about significant change. We cannot do the necessary work without supporters from around the world!
Thank you so much! email@example.com ( we would appreciate you sharing this)
and you can go directly to site and donate…ANY domination helps!!! http://www.sayulitanimals.org/home.htmlSara (one of the women that began this compassionate welfare ) And Luna (photo taken 9/2012)