Approximately 5 million to 7 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized (60 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats). Shelter intakes are about evenly divided between those animals relinquished by owners and those picked up by animal control. These are national estimates; the percentage of euthanasia may vary from state to state.
According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP), less than 2 percent of cats and only 15 to 20 percent of dogs are returned to their owners. Most of these were identified with tags, tattoos or microchips.
The chances of your pet getting lost and returned to their owners is greatly increased when your pet wears their proper identification and are microchipped. Check with your Veterinarian if they offer microchipping. Even if your pet never ever ever goes outside or leave the house, anything can happen, disasters, fires, break-ins, or accidentally slipping out doors or away from you. Microchips and identification tags are a life saver!
Talk to your Veterinarian about microchips and identification tags today!