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A letter came in the mail the other day.  Another charity that needs money to help their cause.  I wish I could give to them all but it is hard to find extra money.

This letter was from “Last Chance for Animals,” and it has very heart wrenching stories about the use of dogs in research and the poor care they are given.  I wonder if it is true and remind you that you can check on a charity at Charity Navigator. http://www.charitynavigator.org/

I would also check out their website: www.LCAnimal.org

Xmark gives an overview of this organization and  other organizations and more: http://www.xmarks.com/site/www.lcanimal.org/

What caught my eye was the LCA’s Pet Protection Card.  You see signs in the neighborhood of missing animals.  Many years ago a tv show’s theme was the disappearance of this woman’s little dog and it turned out it was about people who prompt animal dog fighting.  I have seen other tv shows with a similar theme.  It is always sad.

The card reads:

1.  Don’t leave your dog or cat unattended in your yard or in your car.

2.  Don’t leave your pet unattended while you go inside a store or restaurant.

3. Make sure your pet has identification.  Microchips and tattoos are recommended.

4.  Don’t put an ad in the newspaper “FREE TO GOOD HOME,” it could have very bad results.

5.  Do keep photos and written descriptions of your pets on hand at all times.

6.  Do educate your family, friends and neighbors about pet theft.

Go here for more information:  www.stolenpets.com

Now this Last Chance for Animals is based out of Los Angeles, so I did a little searching to see what might be in my home State of Washington.  The following came up.

I can’t find out where they are based on their website but it looks like a good option:

PetAmberAlert.com Animal Missing Broadcast Emergency Response Alert

www.petamberalert.com 

PAWS is an animal shelter and more facility in Lynnwood and Seattle, WA. They also have a list you can review for ideas on how to protect your pet.

http://www.paws.org/pet-theft.html

If you do think your pet has been stolen, TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION.

1.  File a report with the police, sheriff and or animal control.

2.  Make fliers and post them around with your 24 hour contact number.  They suggest putting information in the flyer about your animal needing medical attention to increase response from neighbors and deter others.

3.  Leave flyers at local shelters, local pet stores, post offices, veterinary offices, dog parks etc.

4.  Monitor the pet adoption ads in newspapers or online checking to see if the description matches your pet.  Someone could be trying to sell it.

5.  Walk around the neighborhood and call your pet’s name especially in evening hours.

6.  If you find your pet do not approach but contact law enforcement or animal control.  Don’t spook the person.

7.  Don’t give up, continue to post flyers, monitor websites, check ads and keep walking the neighborhood. 

Over the last year, my husband and I, have rescued two animals.  A very old dog we saw wandering our neighborhood.  A lovely cat on a very busy street.  Both owners were well, one was old herself and the other was young and indifferent although they did acknowledge the animal.

Critter late 1970's

Critter late 1970’s

Many years ago my cat Critter disappeared.  I called his name, told the animal shelter, post flyers, walked the neighborhood.  Back then in the 70’s we did not have the internet.  I was leaving for work and I heard a noise at the door.  He was back.  It was exactly two weeks.  Someone had locked him in their garage before they left on a trip or something and he couldn’t get out.  He was okay. He had lost weight and his license tag.  He also had nightmares for a while after that but he was OK!

Sneakers and Ebony are mostly indoor cats and I keep a close eye out on them for they are so naive about the outdoors.  They do have microchips.  They don’t have collars with their tags on them.  Sigh, probably not a good thing.

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