Don't lose your best friend forever. Prevent heartbreak and save lives by taking a little time this Saturday, April 7, to make sure your dogs and cats have IDs and microchips and that they are up-to-date during American Humane's "Every Day is Tag Day."

Each year approximately 10 million pets are lost in the United States and more than 6 million animals wind up in the nation's animal shelters. Tragically, only 15 percent of dogs and 2 percent of cats in shelters without ID are reunited with their owners. To prevent the heartache of losing a pet, American Humane, the country's first national humane organization, created "Every Day is Tag Day," a nationwide effort held annually on the first Saturday in April. The event unites thousands of animal care and control agencies, veterinarians and humane organizations in the common goal of urging pet owners to equip their pets with ID tags and/or microchips to maximize the chance of their safe return if they stray from home or are lost on vacation.
Many pets have tags and most who have been adopted from shelters in recent years have already been microchipped by the staff but you should check to make sure your pet has at least one form of identification and preferably two. Microchipping provides an additional layer of protection in the event the pet's collar and tag fall off or are removed and many shelters check for microchips when receiving an animal. The tiny electronic capsule embedded under the animal's skin contains a code which links the pet to its owner through a database. Like ID tags, microchips need to contain current contact information. They do little good if you have moved. There are many databases online where you can register the microchip to help increase the chances of being reunited with your lost pet. New online technologies can also offer protection but check them out thoroughly first.
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.

American Humane is the country's first national humane organization, founded in 1877. For more information, please visit


SOURCE American Humane

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