Pet Theft Awareness Day is recognized every year on February 14th, Valentines Day. These stolen pets are used as bait dogs in dog fighting rings, sold to puppy mills to be used for breeding and also sold for less than what they value from legitimate businesses.
Pet theft occurs every day and it is our responsibility as pet parents to keep them safe. Here are some tips and ways to prevent this from happening to your dogs:
- Never leave your dogs tied up in front of a restaurant or store, even if you think you will be gone for just a few seconds.
- Ensure that your dogs have proper identification; collar, microchip and tag.
- We love to take our dogs for rides with us and sometimes we may have to go into a building and we leave our doggies in the car and the windows down for airflow, giving those criminals a leeway to get into our cars and snatch our pups. Please do not leave your car windows down…not even an inch, that’s all a dognapper needs. Instead, leave the AC on and if that doesn’t work for you, don’t take the dog with you at all.
- Secure your property. Ensure that your gates are locked properly
- Keep your dog on a leash and be vigilant of your surrounding when you go for a walk.
- Request proof of ownership (vet bills, pictures, licensing documents etc.) when you return a stray animal to it’s owner and when you make a purchase from a private party.
- You can also add extra protection by getting a GPS pet tracker , or signing up with PetHub or HomeAgain. They both offer products and services to keep our pets safe.
Report and check for lost or stolen Pets at:
Oregon Humane Society
1067 NE Columbia Blvd.
Lost Pet USA
P.O Box 33
KenilWorth, IL 60043
America’s National Lost & Found Pet Database