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Lost Pets and What To Do When Your Dog Runs Away

Imagine the horror of having your beloved dog run away from home. What would you do? How would you go about finding him?

According to statistics from the National Council on Pet Population, only 15 percent of dogs (and 2 percent of cats!) that enter animal shelters are reunited with their owners. That’s a pretty dismal number. And that’s assuming that your pet actually makes it to a shelter. Unfortunately, there are many other dangers in the great outdoors that can injure or kill an unsuspecting animal.

Even worse may be never knowing what happened to a missing pet that is never located. Wondering whether your dog is still alive, whether he’s living in someone else’s home, whether he’s being fed and cared for or forced to fend for himself, whether he’s feeling frightened and alone. Those are tough thoughts for a dog owner to swallow.

Unfortunately, that type of scenario plays out all too often. In fact, that’s exactly what happened to Mel Freer of No Dog About It when her canine companion, Lady, ran away. Mel was horrified and in tears. But she found a great source in Tammy Humphries of Lost Dog – MN to turn to for help.

In the interview below, Mel shares her experience dealing with her missing pet and Tammy offers some great tips and suggestions for helping to find a missing pet. She also talks about some of the things you should do now, before a crisis occurs, in order to be prepared in the event of an unexpected escape. I think you’ll find the interview enlightening.