April 16, 2012
Beginning this month, all dogs and cats adopted from any local Animal Humane Society location will receive a free collar and ID tag, as part of the newly-launched national “Law of the Paw” initiative. Ensuring your pet wears a collar and current ID tag is one of the three simple tenants of Law of the Paw, a national movement to reduce animal homelessness and decrease animal euthanasia.
Individuals committed to improving the lives of animals can pledge online at www.lawofthepaw.org, to live by the Law of the Paw by promising three simple actions:
The upcoming free collar and tag events give local pet owners who may not have a collar and current ID tag for their pets the opportunity to bring their pet to any of Animal Humane Society’s five locations (Buffalo, Coon Rapids, Golden Valley, St. Paul and Woodbury) to receive a free pet collar and personalized ID tag.
Free Public Pet Collar and ID Tag Events:
SUNDAY, APRIL 22, NOON – 4 P.M.
TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 4 – 7 P.M.
(Available at all five AHS locations)
SATURDAY, MAY 5, 8:30 AM – 2 P.M.
at the Walk for Animals, Golden Valley AHS
For more information, call (651) 788-4649.
Stray pets account for up to 50% of the animals that come into shelters. If every dog and cat wore an ID tag with the current owner’s contact information, the number of animals in shelters would be dramatically reduced. For both cats and dogs, the presence of a collar and ID tag enables anyone who finds your missing pet the ability to contact you directly rather than taking it to a shelter.
Even indoor-only cats should wear identification. More than 40% of lost cats are indoor-only pets that manage to slip out the door. And less than two percent of stray cats in a shelter are reunited with their owners.
Research shows that most cats adjust to wearing a collar within a few days and that buckle collars are best. For best results, experts suggest starting your cat with a collar and identification tag when he’s a kitten.