Sunday, August 31, 2014

How to Trap a Lost Cat

Click here to watch a video on how to use a humane trap to catch a lost cat.

Is Your Pet’s Microchip Registered?

Having your pet microchipped is the first step to help ensure that your pet can be reunited with you if lost. However, did you know that you have to register your pet’s microchip?

If you are unsure as to whether the microchip is registered:
  • Call your vet. Ask them for your pet’s microchip number and manufacturer. If they do not have it, have your pet scanned for a microchip at your veterinary clinic.
  • Call the manufacturer and provide the microchip number to verify the contact information on file. If they respond that the chip is unregistered, take a moment to complete the registration!. There is a fee, but in the grand scheme of things should your pet become lost, it is a nominal cost.
  • Not sure if your pet's microchip is registered?  Try searching for the number on AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup.  If it is not registered, be sure to contact the manufacturer of your pet's microchip and register your contact information.  It only takes one time for your pet to be lost for you to reap the benefit of the  registration for the microchip.  You won't regret it.
  • Register the microchip for free with the Found Animals Microchip Registry service.  How does this service work?  Found Animals Microchip Registry is a free, non profit service dedicated to reuniting lost pets with their family.  1.  Pet Registered - Pet owners register their pets in the Found Animals Microchip Registry.  2.  Pet Gets Lost - Microchip number is searched in the Found Animals Microchip Registry.  3. Owner Alerted - Found Pet Alert is started. Pet owner receives phone calls, emails, and text messages.  4.  Pet Goes Home - Lost pet and pet owner are reunited.

It is imperative that you always keep the contact information up to date. If you move, call or go online for your manufacturer of the microchip to update the contact information.  August 15th is the annual Check The Chip Day.  Put it on your calendar as a recurring event so you don't forget this reminder to check to make sure your microchip information is up to date for each pet you own.

When Is The Last Time You Checked Your Pet's ID tags?

Have you checked your pet’s ID tags lately?  

Are they still on your pet’s collar?

Are they attached in a secure fashion?

Is the text still readable on the tags?  Or have they faded?

It is important to check your pet’s ID tags - if the tags aren’t attached and not readable, your pet cannot get home if they become lost !

Friday, August 29, 2014

You Found an Animal, and It Is Microchipped! Now What?

You found an animal, and it is microchipped!  Now what?  Please share this tip from Missouri Lost & Found Paws with family, friends and fellow animal lovers.

You have picked up a lost animal. You have had the animal scanned for a microchip.  It has one!  Do you know what to do next?
Because there are so many different manufacturers for microchips, your first will be to determine which company’s microchip is in the animal.  Go to or  Enter the microchip number.  The site will return the manufacturer.

Call the manufacturer.  Tell them you have found an animal who is microchipped by their company.  They will request the microchip number (have it handy!).  They will help put you in touch with the owner.

What do you do if the microchip is not registered?

The research begins.  Ask the microchip company to identify the lot # that the microchip
belongs to.  Next, ask where the microchip was sent to, i.e. a vet clinic, a shelter, a rescue group, a breeder, etc.

Once that info has been provided, call the establishment where the microchip was sent.  If they have a proper record keeping process, they may be able to help trace down who adopted or bought the animal.  If the contact information is unavailable, ask for the name, city and state of residence for the owner.

Use social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn to search for the owner’s name.  Google, Google, Google!

Missouri Lost & Found Paws is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on reuniting lost and found pets in St Louis & Rolla, Missouri.

We must work together as a community.  Savings lives IS within our reach!  Help us help them!

“Think lost, not stray” ~ as quoted by Missing Pet Partnership

Saturday, August 23, 2014

I found a lost pet, but the microchip is not registered with Found Animals. What should I do?

Per the Found Animals Microsoft Registry site:

I found a lost pet, but the microchip is not registered with Found Animals. What should I do?

If the pet's microchip is not yet registered in the Found Animals Microchip Registry, visit AAHA's microchip lookup for further information on how to contact the owner.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Vacation? Let's Hit the Road!

Getting ready to hit the road with your pets on vacation?

As you prepare to travel with your pets, take the time to do the following:
  1. Make sure your pet is microchipped and that the microchip has been registered with your correct contact information!  
  2. If your pet came with a microchip, call the microchip company and confirm that your name, address and contact information is on file!  If not, update the info!
  3. Make sure your pet has ID tags on at all times and that they are securely attached to the collar.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

OpSpot -

Join us Sunday August 17, for Hope For The Animals Day.
Tower Grove Park - Sons of Rest Pavilion, Grand Avenue entrance.

Vaccination Clinic.
TenSPOT Fix info.
Avid Chip-a-thon.
ID Tags.
Blessing of the Animals.
Ask a Vet.
Nail Trims & Ear Cleanings.

Jefferson County supporters - your community needs your help! Sharing the following post from Shelter Buddies of Missouri.
We have an extremely large amount of family pets that are being brought into JCAC every day. Many have collars, know commands, and are clearly well cared for but just escaped their yard. The officers picking up these animals do not have the time to hang signs to help reunite pets with their owners. We are asking for volunteers from all over Jeff Co to assist us in reuniting these pets and their families. We need help getting signs posted in the areas these animals were picked up. If you are interested in helping us in the mission please respond here or PM us with your area. We are creating a list of volunteers that we can reach out to when needed. There are few feelings as amazing as saving an animal and reuniting a family. We are also hoping this will make the community aware of JCAC since it seems many do not know they even exist. This may also take some pressure off all the amazing rescues that strive to save our animals each week. Thanks in advance, Jen