Pet Theft Awareness Day is sponsored by Last Chance for Animals, an organization founded in 1984 by Hollywood actor Chris DeRose. Last Chance For Animals has its roots in fighting and exposing the inherent cruelty of vivisection.
Nearly two million companion animals are stolen each year. Some are taken under false pretense through "free to a good home" ads, abducted from their yards, or are taken from humane shelters through a practice called pound seizure. These animals are then sold to research laboratories, dog-fighting rings, or puppy mills, where they are abused and often killed.
Be safe, take these precautions to protect your pup (courtesy of StolenPets.com):
- Don't leave companion animals unattended in your yard. It only takes a minute for someone to steal your pet.
- Don't allow your pet to be visible from the street.
- Don't leave your dog tied up outside restaurants or stores.
- Don't leave any animal unattended in your car, even if it is “just for a minute.”
- Don't use “free to good home” ads to place companion animals. These ads are often answered by Class “B” dealers. Contact a rescue group for assistance in conducting your own adoption.
- Do spay and neuter your companion animals. This reduces your animal’s desire to stray and reduces the risk of your companion animal being stolen for breeding purposes.
- Do provide your companion animals with collars, ID tags, and licenses. Speak with your veterinarian about backup forms of identifications, including tattooing and microchipping.
- Do keep recent photos and written descriptions of your companion animals on hand at all times.
- Do keep dogs and cats indoors, especially when you’re not home.
- Do know where your animals are at all times. Treat your companion animals as you would a small child.
- Do educate family, friends, and neighbors about pet theft