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The ASPCA estimates that 7.5 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Many of these animals are strays, as shelters house about twice as many stray animals as pets given up by their owners.
Lost animals also make up a significant portion of the shelter pet population. Although a great number of shelter animals are reunited with their owners, some shelter animals never reunite with their families.
Pet owners must take steps to reduce the risk that their pets will get lost. Fencing, secure crates and gates and leashes can cut down on the number of escapes.
Crates and carrier kennels are worthwhile investments for pet owners. Many animal trainers advocate for crates when conditioning dogs to be obedient. Smaller crates for cats are ideal when the animal needs some quiet time or you have to keep the pet away from guests. Kennels with a handle make it easier to transport pets to and from the veterinarian or when taking car rides.
When purchasing a crate, make sure it is large enough to fit the animal while he or she is standing and sitting. The pet should be able to turn around comfortably, but the crate should not be so large that it enables the animal to relieve himself in one end and still have room at the other. If you want to purchase a larger crate for a pet that will grow, divide the crate with a piece of wood or mesh so the animal has only the room it needs.
Fences not only may make for good neighbors, but they also can regulate pets’ behavior and make pets safer. Pet fencing can include one fence that encloses the entire perimeter of your property, a dog “run” that is an enclosed area strictly for the dog within the yard or a combination of both. Cats have an innate climbing ability, which may make fencing less effective for outdoor cats. However, cat owners may want to invest in a wire cat box extension that fits onto a window and allows cats access to fresh air while preventing them from running away.
Fencing should be tall enough to deter vertical leaps and climbing, but you also must contend with animals that might attempt to tunnel under the fence. Digging chicken wire or another deterrent several inches below the ground when installing a fence can help prevent dogs from getting out of the yard. Speak with a fencing manufacturer and installer about pet-friendly fence options.
Even the most well-trained pet may get distracted from time to time and dart away. That is why it is important to keep pets leashed when outdoors and away from fenced-in areas.
Leashes come in a variety of sizes and styles. It’s important to choose a leash and collar that is proportionate to your pet and one that he or she will not be able to slip out of. Pet owners who have larger, stronger animals can consider a harness, which fits around the pet’s midsection instead of its neck. This helps provide added control when walking the pet and can alleviate pulling tendencies or injuries to the animal’s neck from excessive tugging.
In addition to these precautionary tools, pet owners can provide plenty of stimulation for their pets through toys, games and social interaction. This will alleviate boredom and the propensity to escape, offers The Humane Society of the United States. Animals may look to get out of confines when they are isolated and frustrated. Dogs and cats also roam when they become sexually mature, so it’s best to have them spayed or neutered.
Pet retailers carry an extensive inventory of merchandise to keep cats and dogs safe and contained. Pet owners also can speak with a vet or animal trainer about additional ways to keep pets content and safe.
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