Message Us

How to Help Protect Your Pet From Theft

By DorothyWillsRaftery. | Dog Info

February 14th is a month all about love, but did you know that this date is also very important to care for your beloved pet in another way? It is also Pet Theft Awareness Day

Each year, on February 14th, Last Chance for Animals (LCA), a non-profit animal advocacy organization, helps educate the public about the theft of family pets with informational public service announcements and tips. According to LCA, “Nearly two million companion animals are stolen each year. Many of these animals are sold to research laboratories, dog-fighting rings, or puppy mills, where they are abused and often killed.” 

So, this month, let’s use the time to go over some of the important ways to help protect your beloved pet: 

Microchipping

We all have heard those wonderful stories where lost pets are found and reunited with loved ones, thanks to a microchip! Have you moved or changed phone numbers recently? Be sure to update the information with your microchip company and veterinarian’s office.

Identification Tags

It is true ID tags can be removed, but there are plenty of times dogs are found and tags can help locate the missing dog’s family right away. Be sure an up-to-date phone number, address, and pet name are on the tag. If the dog has any medical conditions, have that imprinted on the ID tag as well (i.e. Epileptic, Diabetic, etc.).

Spaying/Neutering

By spaying or neutering your dog, you not only reduce the chance of unexpected puppies and possibly adding to the already overpopulated shelters, but it also can help keep your dog from wandering, and possibly getting lost or stolen. And, according to Animal Welfare Issues, thieves also tend to pass on spayed or neutered pets, as they cannot be bred.

Never Leave Dog Unattended

Please be sure to always accompany your dog, and do not leave him/her unattended at a park or store, and never tied up to a post outside of a store, not even for a minute! It only takes a few seconds for a thief to grab your beloved dog.  

Loving the Leash

When out walking, a leash is a dog’s best friend! Free-roaming dogs can get caught up in a scent, or suddenly chase a cat or squirrel, only to find themselves lost, or worse—stolen. Be sure to always check all harnesses, collars, and leash clips before heading out to be sure they are sturdy and working properly. 

Ensuring Your Dog’s Privacy

Take inventory of the type of yard you have. Is the fence “dog-proofed?” Is your yard visible from the road? Is there a locking gate latch? Do you have a videocam? Get in your car or walk around to see what a stranger may see as they pass by your property. Secure any visible or open areas. 

Rehoming/Fostering Only Through Reputable Rescues

While a pet should be a forever member of a family, there are times when extenuating circumstances lead to an animal needing to be rehomed or placed in foster care. To help, reach out and get in touch with the nearest rescue organization. 

Should your pet become lost or stolen: 

• File a report with your state and local police, dog warden, shelters, veterinarian offices, and microchip company. 
• Create an online notice with info on photo of pet to be share via social media. 
• Register your dog and photo with Lost and Found pages (general and breed-specific). 
• Create a poster with clear photos of your dog depicting any special markings and traits, and include contact information as well as the town and state from where the dog went missing. Share with news media, police, vets, shelters, and on social media. 

For More Info: 

Check out Helping Lost Pets where they offer FREE services to create a poster, add a missing pet to a registry, give tips on what to do and how to word your notice, and to set alerts. For dogs only, visit Lost Dogs of America. For more info on both of these resources, please tune in to my “Help! My Dog is Lost” 2-part episode on FiveSibes The Sibe Vibe on Dog Works Radio. Part I and Part II. Also, visit the FiveSibes website for a listing of important Lost & Found resources.

 

Air Travel Tips and Dog Seat Covers: Cargo, Dog Bed Liner, Bed Cover: 30% Off Premium Seat Covers

dorothy wills-rafteryDorothy Wills-Raftery

Dorothy Wills-Raftery is an award-winning photojournalist and author of EPIc Dog Tales: Heartfelt Stories About Amazing Dogs Living & Loving Life With Canine Epilepsy; the FiveSibes™ Tales children’s books What’s Wrong With Gibson? Learning About K-9 Epilepsy and Getting Healthy With Harley: Learning About Health & Fitness; and Buddy, the Christmas Husky~Based On A True Holiday Miracle books (ArcticHouse Publishing), as well as the FiveSibes.com, an online encyclopedia for the Siberian Husky breed and Canine Epilepsy information, as well as her international award-winning FiveSibes blog, based on the lives of her five Siberian Huskies. Her work has also appeared in American Pet MagazineRuff DraftsThe Sled Dogger, and Hudson Valley Paw Print Magazine. Dorothy is the writer and host of "The Sibe Vibe” Dog Works Radio show. Dorothy is a 9-time Dog Writers of America Association “Excellence” nominee, winning the prestigious Maxwell Medallion in 2017 and 2016 for her writing, photography, and design. Dorothy was also named “Best Author” in 2015 & 2016 by Hudson Valley Magazine and all four books named “Best in Print” by American Pet Magazine, An official International Purple Day® for Epilepsy Ambassador since 2012 and a volunteer case manager for The Wally Foundation-Canine Epilepsy, Dorothy is the creator of the FiveSibes #LiveGibStrong K-9 Epilepsy Awareness campaign inspired by her own epileptic Husky, Gibson. In addition to her Siberian Huskies, Dorothy shares her home­ with her husband, daughter, son-in-law, and grandson. You can follow Dorothy and her FiveSibes on Facebook at FiveSibes: Siberian Husky K9 News & Reviews, on Google + , Twitter, and Instagram(@FiveSibesMom).


Comments

Signup/Login to post a reply

 

Reviews From 4Knines Customers VIEW MORE »

The best evaluations of our products come from the people who’ve bought them.

So So

The concept is a good one, however there is room for design improvement. The little tabs didn't work AT ALL in my 2008 Subaru Outback. However, even if they did work I then would not be able to roll the windows up and down as needed. For me that is not an option. I haven't yet tried using the Velcro attachments since my husband is not convinced it's a good idea to attach something like that to the door panel. With all that being said the product itself looks good, and the concept is a great one. When my puppy gets bigger I will try the Velcro when my husband isn't watching.:)

READ MORE »
Charlie Hendrix

Great Protection

I think this seat cover is going to work out just fine. It fits well, was extremely easy to install. Just waiting for my new puppy to be old enough to bring home.

READ MORE »
Charlie Hendrix

Seat cover just received

It would be nice to be able to actually get some use out of it before I can honestly review the product. I will say that so far my experience with 4Knines has been wonderful. Their customer service is great.

READ MORE »
Gary Beaton

Great Cover

I been getting these covers for many years and have never been disappointed with them great quality and well made something you don't see very much anymore !

READ MORE »
Jere Miller

If you have dogs, and love your car, this is a must buy!

I recently purchased the Cargo Cover to protect my new Subaru Outback. My dogs love car rides, but they're also shedding dogs and make a mess. The Cargo Cover took a brief 30 seconds to install and provides protection against dirt, scratches, hair, dander. It's super easy to clean-up too!

READ MORE »
Ryan Bracken

Great Product!

XL cargo liner fit my GMC Yukon Denali perfectly. While our 20 lb dog doesn't put much stress on the liner, it works great keeping the back clean from carrying our often muddy recumbent bicycles around. Top notch product, fast delivery. Thanks!

READ MORE »
Leon Campbell

Great products. We are return customers.

Bought the bench cover and side panels for our Nissan Pathfinder. Looks great. We have the same set up in our Titan truck and couldn't be happier with the protection it gives to our leather interior. Highly recommend. Shipping was super fast!!!

READ MORE »
Marchelle Jones

Super nice

I purchased seat covers for my Ford F-350 and my Ford Edge - really nice fit and I have piece of mind knowing my seats are protected!

READ MORE »
Deby Hackney

4Knines.com

For all general inquiries, please call or email us
Phone: 888.602.2509
Email: support@4Knines.com

Sign Up to Our Newsletter

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
Nothing but the best for your best friend!
© 4Knines. 2017. All rights reserved | Terms | Privacy

Message Us