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 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.