Every time I open my front door, my cat, Pierogi, makes a run for it.
Luckily, I live in a high-rise building, so if she manages to squeeze out before I block her with my legs and purse (something I’ve become an expert at), she only makes it to the hallway. She hasn’t figured out how to work the elevator, so I don’t have to worry too much about her getting out and getting lost.
But for millions of other cat owners, that’s not the case.
Cats rule, and dogs drool. And before you come at me, dog owners, I’m sorry — it’s just a fact.
OK, OK. There’s no reason to argue about which pets are the best, because we already know there are so many benefits to having any kind of animal in your life (and we already know that cats win).
The truth is that all pet owners know that their furry (or feathery or scaly or what have you) friends only make their lives better. But cat owners have science on their side.
That’s right — owning a cat is so good for you, there are actual, proven, scientific benefits. Ready to see exactly how your purry, biscuit-making buddy has been improving your life? Here’s what science has to say about the subject.
That means that in the U.S., nearly 10 million pets get lost every year.
And to make matters even more terrifying, a 2016 study by Peeva showed how heartbreakingly often lost pets don’t make it back home — 77 percent of the time for dogs, and 96 percent of the time for cats.
Dogs can live for a decade or more, and during their life, they depend entirely on their owner to provide them with everything they need to stay happy and healthy. That’s why, if you’re thinking about adopting a dog, it’s so important to do your research and know what it’s going to take to give him or her the best life possible.
So if you want to know everything there is to know about dog care, you’ve come to the right place. This is the ultimate guide that will cover all the basics — do all of these things, and you’ll be a good dog parent. Ready to get started? Read on.
That’s equivalent to one out of every three pets going missing at some point in its life. And the sad fact is that many missing pets never see their owners again. The Coalition for Reuniting Pets and Families says that only 23 percent of lost pets are ever reunited with their owners.
Getting your pet microchipped is a great strategy to help protect them in case they ever run away or get lost.
The American Veterinary Medicine Association recommends that all pets get microchipped. To back that up, they point to a 2009 study that showed, pretty starkly, how effective microchips can be at reuniting lost pets with their owners.
That study looked at more than 7,700 shelter pets and showed that dogs with microchips were returned to their owners 52.2 percent of the time, compared to just 21.9 percent of the time without microchips. With cats, the importance was even more apparent — they were returned to their owners 38.5 percent of the time when they had microchips, compared to just 1.8 percent of the time when they didn’t.
Any pet can go missing, at any time. That’s why the American Veterinary Medicine Association recommends that all pet owners get their animals microchipped.
We know that microchips help reunite more lost pets with their owners. In a 2009 study of more than 7,700 stray pets, the ones who had microchips were returned to their owners far more often — 52.2 percent of the time for dogs, compared to 21.9 percent of the time without a microchip; and 38.5 percent of the time for cats, compared to just 1.8 percent of the time without a microchip.
For new dog owners, prospective adopters, and veteran dog parents alike, dog safety is a top concern.
There are so many elements to dog safety, and so much you have to take into consideration in order to keep your pup as safe, healthy, and happy as possible.
So whether you’re a new pup parent, a seasoned dog owner, or you’re just beginning to consider adopting a furry new friend, this is the guide you need to keep your dog safe. The ultimate guide to dog safety covers everything you need to consider, from dog safety at home to dog safety while traveling — plus all the supplies and tools you need to make sure you dog stays safe no matter where you are.
It’s every pet owner’s nightmare: You’re looking for your pet, calling their name, and you can’t find them. Did they get out somehow? They must have — but what are you going to do now?
This is the reality for millions of pet owners each year. A study by the ASPCA showed that in a five-year period, 15 percent of pet owners had a pet go missing — a total of nearly 13 million over the five years, or more than 2.5 million each year.
We don’t think so. That’s why we’ve rounded up some of the most emotional stories of lost pet reunions from the last year. Some of these pets were missing for years, but thanks to their loving owners and their microchips, were able to find their way back home.
These are the 7 most inspiring stories of lost dogs who were reunited with their owners last year.