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How to Build a Pet Protection Network in Your Community

Huan is powered by community. When groups of people in the same neighborhood, town, or county are all using Huan, they’re exponentially increasing the chances of locating lost pets and returning them to their homes as quickly as possible. 

Our Smart Tags utilize Bluetooth LE power, meaning they have the ability to flag the Huan app as soon as your pet is detected away from home or away from you. In order for your pet to be detected sooner rather than later, you’ll need some active Huan app users nearby.

Let’s look at a few ways you can build a Huan pet protection community in your own backyard. 

1. Tell your friends and family.

Let your fellow pet owners know about Huan so they can protect their pets, too. We offer a wide variety of colors and designs in our collection of durable silicone sleeves. 

But Huan isn’t just for pet owners. For friends and family who don’t have pets, installing the Huan app means they can keep an eye on other missing pets in the neighborhood–including yours. The Huan app is free for anyone to use, and it doesn’t require a paid subscription like the Smart Tags do. 

2. Talk to your community animal shelter. 

Animal shelters are busy, crowded places, but the shelter volunteers go above and beyond to help pets find their homes. That includes taking in lost pets and seeking out their owners. 

Our animal shelter partners send their adopted pets home with a Huan tag of their very own. And, if your missing pet is picked up by a shelter volunteer, they can utilize the Huan app to get in touch with you–so you can get your furry friend safely home. 

3. Help build our Sensor Network. 

Beyond the Huan app, our Huan Sensor Network is another part of our commitment to locate lost pets and reunite them with their owners. If you own a brick-and-mortar business in your hometown, setting up a sensor in your office provides a stationary location that will flag pet owners’ apps when their lost pet is nearby.

If you’re part of the Sensor Network, tell other business owners about it. Together, you can widen the net in your town.

We also offer sensors that can be placed in your vehicle. Animal control workers, utility workers, delivery drivers, and other professionals who spend a lot of time in their vehicles are a valuable part of our pet-locating networks.

4. Leverage social media. 

Word of mouth is a powerful tool, and social media is one way to spread the word far and wide. Not only can you leverage your social networks to build Huan in your community; you can spread the word to your friends’ communities as well.

Are you part of our pack? 

If you’re not part of the Huan pack yet, we’d love to have you! And if you are, tell your friends. There’s strength and safety in numbers, and the larger we can grow our Huan communities, the more pets we can bring home safely–and quickly.

Click the button below to learn more! 

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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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Watch the Pet Protection Network updates in real time

Our brand new Live Map feature showcases the Pet Protection Network and shows a live stream of pet detection events as they happen, right inside your browser! Click here to open the live map.

Every blinking pet icon means a pet wearing a Huan Tag has been detected by an owner or a fellow Huan User, and the heatmap-style layer shows areas with a large concentration of Huan users and pets.

Don’t see your area covered on the map? Don’t worry! You can use your personal Referral code to invite fellow pet owners around your community and expand the Pet Protection Network to your neighborhood in no time!