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Help! Why Does My Adopted Pet Try to Escape?

Help! Why Does My Adopted Pet Try to Escape?

Pets adopted from humane societies and animal shelters are the most likely to try to escape from their new home. This is a difficult and frightening reality for many new pet owners. No one wants to lose a beloved pet, and we all want to do everything we can to keep them safe and happy at home.

So why do adopted pets try to escape? 

They’re trying to get back to the home they remember. 

Before your pet was surrendered to the shelter, they likely lived with another family. If they didn’t have another human family (for example, if they were born at the shelter), then they had their caretakers, and possibly other animals. A puppy from a surrendered litter, for example, may have shared space in the shelter with its siblings.

Whatever the case, your new pet remembers their home. When you first introduce them to your family, they may mourn their old home and try to get back there. 

They’re anxious in their new surroundings. 

Anxiety in pets can prompt all sorts of unwanted behaviors, including escape from your home. Pets who experience anxiety are in a fight-or-flight mode and may bolt on pure instinct if they perceive a threat in their surroundings. 

Making the transition from a shelter to your home will feel strange to your pet. Sleeping in an unfamiliar place makes humans feel out-of-sorts, and the same thing happens to animals. Your new pet may react anxiously not only to being in a new home but also to being left alone there. 

They are good at escaping. 

Some pets are just natural Houdinis. If they can sniff out an escape route, they’ll take it. This characteristic isn’t exclusive to shelter pets, but a pet adopted from a shelter may be more prone to it if they’re trying to run to their original home. 

Aside from trying to return to a past home, many adopted pets run because they’re bored, afraid, or have the urge to mate. 

How to help an adopted pet adjust to your home

There are several ways to help an adopted pet adjust to their new life with you. Here are a few ideas to get you started: 

  • Plan to spend extra time at home with your new pet during the first month. Give your adopted dog or cat time to get to know you. The first weeks after adopting a pet are important for bonding, so carve out additional time so your pet can get used to you.
  • Provide new toys, treats, and activities to keep your new pet occupied. Toys, games, and treats can help your new pet expend nervous energy. It may also help to distract them from scoping out escape routes. 
  • Help your adopted pet get plenty of exercise. If your new pet exercises daily, they should be less restless–and hopefully, less likely to escape. 
  • Keep your home environment as calm as possible. Eliminate as many potentially anxiety-inducing stimuli as possible. Try to keep the atmosphere quiet and low-key. If you have children, coach them to behave calmly and quietly around the new pet. 
  • Don’t leave your new pet home alone for extended periods of time. During the first few weeks after adopting your pet, you may want to avoid leaving them home for long hours.
  • Secure all possible escape routes. Do a perimeter check outside and check your home to ensure all gates are secure, doors are locked, and windows are latched. Avoid leaving your pet outdoors, even in a fenced backyard, when you’re away from home.

For extra peace-of-mind, equip your new pet with a Bluetooth Smart Tag from Huan. Our tags have a lifetime warranty and will alert you when your pet is detected away from home, or away from you. Click the button below to find out more! 

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7 Things to Do if Your Pet Goes Missing on Vacation

If your pet goes missing on vacation

Finally, it’s here: your much-needed, long-awaited vacation. You’ve booked a pet-friendly condo at your destination of choice, packed your bags, and you’re ready to go. Your pet is secured in their cozy carrier, and you’re excited to finally be able to bring them along for a trip.

But what happens if your beloved pet goes missing on vacation? 

While it’s scary for a pet to run away any time, it’s especially frightening for your pet to escape when you’re away from home in a completely unfamiliar area. How will your pet know where to go? Who can you contact? What should you do first?

If your pet runs away on vacation, don’t panic. There are several steps you can take right away that may help you reunite with your pet sooner.      

1. Let people nearby know

Tell as many people in your immediate area as you can–hotel staff, campground or property managers, nearby business owners, neighbors, and anyone staying nearby that you feel safe to tell. If you’re staying with or near out-of-town family, let them know and ask them to spread the word for you. 

Provide your contact information and all your pet’s identifying information to simplify the process in case someone locates your dog or cat. The important thing is to get as many eyes watching as you can.

2. Call Animal Control 

The local Animal Control department might be able to help you locate and retrieve your lost pet, so give them a call and provide all the necessary information on your pet. It’s possible your pet may have already been picked up, so don’t hesitate to call. 

3. Contact vets and animal shelters in the area

Once you’ve let Animal Control know, start contacting local animal shelters and veterinarians. It’s possible they may have seen or picked up your pet. If they haven’t, then they can keep a lookout. 

4. Put up flyers

Flyers are a tried-and-true way to get the word out about a lost pet in any community. Include as much information about your pet as you can. If you can’t secure a photo to include on the flyer, you can hand-draw a sketch of your pet. 

5. Offer a reward

A monetary reward for returning your pet is a great incentive for someone to bring them back. The trick is not to name a dollar amount. If someone contacts you and claims to have your pet, ask plenty of specific identifying questions about your pet first to see if they can answer. If you’ve determined they may indeed have your pet, meet them in a safe, public place and bring someone with you for the exchange. 

6. Take to social media

Posting via social media is a great way to reconnect lost pets with their owners. The internet has made the world a fairly small place. Chances are, if you post about your lost pet and your location, that someone in your network will have a connection back to where you are–and can help spread the word that way.

7. Leave familiar objects where your pet can find them

If possible, leave objects like your pet’s favorite toy or a piece of your clothing outside your door. (This probably isn’t possible if you’re staying at a hotel.) If your pet comes back into the vicinity of your condo, beach house, or camper, they may be able to pick up on the familiar scent and find their way back. 

Wrapping Up

It’s nerve-wracking for a pet to go missing, but taking these steps right away could help shorten your search time and get your dog or cat home to you more quickly. A Smart Tag on your pet’s collar could also help you know when they’ve left home base, and when they’re detected as away by other app users. The added peace of mind goes a long way while you work to reunite with your pet. 

Want more info? Click the button below to learn more about Huan. 

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Missing Pet Alert: Marsh (Bay St. Louis, MS)

Missing Pet Found

Marsh has been missing since January 20th 2020, 1:40 pm PST. Last seen Near Hancock Street in Bay St. Louis.

Image of Marsh

  • Large Female Catahoula Leopard Dog
  • Fur Color: Brindle,Brown,Tan
  • Character: Friendly
  • Remarks: None

Please help us find Marsh by installing the Huan App and joining our network. Marsh is wearing a Huan Bluetooth tag – You could be the one who picks up the signal!

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9 Tips for Keeping Your Pets Safe at Home

9 Tips for Keeping Your Pets Safe at Home

There are many reasons why your pet might try to run away from home. Maybe they’re bored, scared, or looking for love. Some pets escape simply because the opportunity presents itself. Whatever the case, runaway pets are an all too common problem.

While there’s no way to guarantee your pet will never escape, there are many ways you can keep your pets safe at home while you’re away. Let’s take a look at a few.

1. Leave your dog indoors when you leave home.

If your home is secured, your pet is probably safer inside the house when you’re gone. Dogs and cats are prone to wander off when you’ve left them outdoors, so make sure your home is pet-proofed and locked up if you’re leaving for work or errands. If your pet is crate-trained, make sure they are safe and comfy in their crate before you go.

2. Secure outside gates and fences.

Broken gates and open fences are a major culprit in pet escapes. Make sure your fencing and all gates are securely closed (and locked if necessary). Repair any gaps in your fence and fill in any holes your dog may have dug at the fence line. 

3. Make sure interior doors and windows are closed and locked.

Even if you leave your pet in the house when you leave, they could still escape through an open door or window. Periodically check your windows and doors to make sure they’re secure so you won’t have to worry when you’re away. 

4. Ensure fences are high enough that a dog can’t jump over.

Some dogs just can’t help themselves–they can easily hurtle toward a short fence and jump right over! If your outdoor fence can’t contain your pet, don’t leave them outdoors unattended. You may also want to investigate replacing the fence. 

5. Spay or neuter your pet.

Mating urges are a significant factor in pet escapes. If your dog or cat hasn’t been fixed, then getting them spayed or neutered could help prevent them from bolting at the first chance they get.

6. Prevent boredom with exercise and attention.

If you’re concerned about your pet getting bored and escaping while you’re gone, be sure to give them plenty of attention and exercise. Play tug in the backyard, go for a run together, play fetch, and get plenty of quality time before you go.

7. Have a snug, calming garment for your pet to wear during storms and fireworks.

Many pets run away from home because they’re afraid. It’s common to hear of dogs going missing during Fourth of July and New Year’s celebrations due to loud fireworks. Many dogs are afraid of thunderstorms, too. A snug garment made specifically to comfort your dog can help prevent fear-based escape when there are loud noises in your immediate area. 

8. Walk your dog on a leash.

If you’re out and about in your neighborhood, make sure your dog’s on a leash and is wearing a properly-fitting collar or harness. A leash will help you keep your dog by your side and prevent them from bolting during your walk. 

9. Use a device that alerts you when your pet leaves home. 

A smart device attached to your pet’s collar can let you know if they are detected away from home. Huan Bluetooth Smart Tags emit a low-energy signal that automatically alerts your app if your pet escapes. With the help of our trusty app users and sensor network, we can help you get your pet back home safely. 

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Introducing Automatic “Missing Pet” shareable posts

Starting today, Huan will automatically generate a Missing Pet post every time a pet is marked as “Missing” inside the Huan App, enabling users to share a professionally made, detailed missing pet post on Social Media with just a single click, saving precious time and spreading the word quickly using Facebook, NextDoor or Twitter.

Using the information from your pet profile inside the Huan App, the Missing Pet alert will include all relevant information such as Name, Photo, Breed and Medical information, as well as an interactive live map showing their last known location and the last time they were seen.

Sharing the post is easy – you can do it right from the social sharing icons at the top of the screen on our website (right here!), or use the built-in Share functionality inside the Huan App:

You can use your phone’s built-in sharing dialog to share the missing pet post using Text, Email, Facebook/Twitter/NextDoor or any other form. You can even share fellow owner missing pets to help them find their pet, even if you’re not nearby!

What do you think? Have an idea you’d like to suggest? Let us know in the comments below!

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Tiny Huan Tags are here!

The smallest tag there is, for the smallest pets! Tiny Huan fits the smaller collar sizes worn by small and tiny breed dogs and even cats!

Available in four beautiful colors: Hot Pink, Blue Grey, Forest Green and Midnight Blue, Tiny Huan tags use a standard, small form-factor coin-cell battery to provide up to four months of continuous battery life in a truly tiny form factor.

Tiny Huan tags are compatible with the Huan App and are available to order today!

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Update: Voyager has been found!

Missing Pet Found

This is a sample post designed to test the automatic post generator.

Voyager has been missing since January 1st 2020, 3:22 pm PST. Last seen Near Foxwood Drive in Oak Park.

Image of Voyager

  • Large Male Mixed Dog breed
  • Fur Color: Black
  • Character: Friendly
  • Remarks: None

Please help us find Voyager by installing the Huan App and joining our network. Voyager is wearing a Huan Bluetooth tag – You could be the one who picks up the signal!

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