Did you know that one in three pets will get lost in their lifetime? Even the most careful pet parents know how quickly a pet can become lost: someone accidentally leaves a door open, a dog get spooked by fireworks, a cat jumps out an open window, the list goes on. The pets that aren’t reunited often wind up at local shelters as strays. It’s estimated that in Washington state, 50% of the animals that enter into the shelter system are strays.
In Yakima County, thousands of pets every year have to be rehomed while their owners are searching for them, not realizing they could be in local shelters or rescues. We know this could be corrected with the proper ID. To help with this, we have formed a coalition of animal welfare organizations in Yakima County called Project Mission Pawsible. To date, the coalition's efforts include providing free tags and collars to thousands of dogs in the community, with every adopted animal now leaving the shelter with a collar, ID tag, and microchip.
This is just the beginning. We are working to increase spay and neuter services in central Washington, making improvements to the lost and found system, and having the right tools available if someone loses their pet so they can be reunited with them quickly.
For more information on what to do if your pet is lost or if you find a pet in Yakima County, visit their lost and found page here. For general information about lost and founds pets, visit the Missing Pet Partnership.
Alleviating Concerns. (n.d.).http://microchip.homeagain.com/alleviating-concerns.html