American Humane Celebrates Pet Tag Day

The animal welfare organization encourages cat owners to outfit their cats with ID tags.

Posted: April 2 2008 2 a.m. EDT

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American Humane Celebrates Pet Tag Day
An ID tag can help a lost kitten or cat find the way home.
Of the thousands of cats taken into animal shelters each year, only about 2 percent are reunited with their owners, according to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy. The American Humane Association wants to change that statistic. Starting April 5, AHA encourages all dog and cat owners to outfit their pets with proper identification as part of the Every Day Is Tag Day public awareness campaign.

“Most lost pets without tags are never reunited with their families,” said Marie Belew Wheatley, AHA president and CEO. Making sure their pets can be identified — with a tag, microchip or tattoo — is something all pet owners can do to help a lost pet return home, she said.

As part of the public awareness campaign, AHA offers these pet identification tips:

  • Make sure your pet wears a collar with a current identification tag. The tag should include a contact name, address, and daytime and evening phone numbers.

  • Keep information on the ID tag current — be sure to order new ones if your address or phone number change.

  • When traveling, outfit your pet with a temporary tag that includes the information of a friend or family member who knows how to contact you.

  • Make sure your indoor-only pet has a tag, too, in case it escapes. Consider adding a message to the tag, such as “If I’m outside, I’m lost.”

For more information about pet identification and the Every Day Is Tag Day campaign, visit the American Humane website.

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Paula    Independence, MO

4/3/2008 12:38:36 AM

Good article

Ellen    Attleboro, MA

4/3/2008 12:28:52 AM

good article

cyan    boulder, CO

4/2/2008 11:09:31 PM

good article

Sheryl    Casa Grande, AZ

4/2/2008 9:51:28 PM

I'm a great believer in cat ID tags. Even if you cat is a strictly indoor cat (as all mine are), he/she can still be accidentally let out.

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