We all love our pets and there is nothing more heart breaking then losing one. Lost pets are more common than you think. According to a Google search 1 in 3 pets will get lost in their life time. Approximately 10 million pets get lost each year. And about 90 percent of them don't have a mircochip that would give the owners information if scanned.

You feel helpless when you pet has left home on their own accord or worse been lost while you are traveling. It is a good idea when you adopt a pet to ask about a microchip so if your pet does wander off on their own you have a good chance of them coming home. There are also registries your vet can tell you about so you can let people know quickly when you pet is lost. I have even received calls to my home phone on occasion when one of my neighbors dogs has gone missing from an automated service.

Very often a pet will return home on their own. But after they have been gone a while it is always a good plan to contact shelters and police departments so they know your pet is missing. A good samaritan will often turn in a pet to a shelter hoping the owner is found.

In the case of the dog in the CBS story below it seems that the dog may have been stolen but more likely a stranger couldn't find the owner and simply kept the dog. Most people are inclined these days to try and find a stray pets owner due to the fact that we are so much more aware and able to track down owners of pets who "go on walk about" with social media and Lost Pet Networks.

And if you think the mircochips don't work check out the CBS video below about Boozer getting reunited with his family 9 years later. Fortunately these happy endings are happening more then they use to thanks to technology and social media.

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