Every Day is Tag Day™

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Little lost pet. Big scary world.

It’s a big, scary world out there for cats and dogs who are lost and alone, far from home. And even though you may think your pet would never run away -- never be one of the lost ones cowering in an alley or running across a busy street -- the sad fact is that it can happen to any pet.

Millions of dogs and cats are taken to animal shelters as strays each year -- but only about 15 percent of dogs and 2 percent of cats who end up in shelters without an ID tag or microchip are reunited with their owners.

Why? Because their owners failed to put identification on their animals. Yet even the most responsible pet owners can be accidentally or unexpectedly separated from their pets.

That’s why American Humane Association celebrates Every Day Is Tag Day™ on the first Saturday in April each year: to encourage all pet owners to tag and microchip their companion animals.

Pet care is about more than providing food, water and shelter. Pet care also includes tagging and microchipping your pet.

Tips to Make Every Day Tag Day:

  • Make sure your pet wears a collar with a current ID tag, rabies tag, and city/county license. Include a contact name, address, and daytime and evening phone numbers.
  • Keep your pet's licenses, ID tag, and microchip current. Make sure to update the tag if you change your address or phone numbers.
  • When moving or traveling, place a temporary tag on your pet with the phone number of someone who knows how to reach you.
  • Remember that even indoor pets need tags. Many strays in shelters are indoor pets who escaped and got lost.

Don’t wait until it’s too late! Tag and chip your pet today.

Tag and microchip your pets

What to do if your pet gets lost

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Purchase a HomeAgain® collar tag in April, and American Humane will receive $1 of the purchase price!

Order your collar tag if your pet already has a microchip ID and is registered with HomeAgain.

Learn more about enrolling your pet in HomeAgain’s pet recovery service.