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National Lost Pet Prevention Month

Don't let your furry friend go missing! Join us in spreading awareness and taking action during National Lost Pet Prevention Month.
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July is not only the height of summer, but it's also National Lost Pet Prevention Month! This month-long observance was created to raise awareness about the importance of keeping our furry friends safe and sound. Did you know that approximately 10 million pets go missing each year in the US alone? That's why it's so important to take preventative measures and educate ourselves on how to keep our beloved pets from getting lost. So let's celebrate this month by spreading awareness and making sure all pets are accounted for and loved!

History of National Lost Pet Prevention Month

National Lost Pet Prevention Month Dates

National Lost Pet Prevention Month Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1980</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Rise of Animal Shelters</div><div class='timeline-text'>Increased recognition of lost pets' issue significantly boosted the establishment of animal shelters across the US in this decade.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1984</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Pet ID Microchips</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first pet ID microchips were introduced, offering an innovative way to connect lost pets with their families.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1992</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Establishment of Petfinder</div><div class='timeline-text'>The online database Petfinder was launched, revolutionizing the process of adopting and locating lost pets.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1996</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>GPS Pet Collar Developments</div><div class='timeline-text'>Development was begun on GPS-fitted pet collars, opening new possibilities for tracking and finding lost pets remotely.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2004</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Lost Pet Amber Alert</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first pet Amber alert system was launched, setting a new standard for expedient lost pet reporting and recovery.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2014</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>National Lost Pet Prevention Month</div><div class='timeline-text'>PetHub declared July as the National Lost Pet Prevention Month, aiming to educate pet owners about keeping their friends safe.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Lost Pet Prevention Month

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Microchip your pet</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take advantage of discounts offered during National Lost Pet Prevention Month and get your pet microchipped. This will greatly increase the chances of being reunited with your furry friend if they ever get lost.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a pet adoption event</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Partner with a local animal shelter and organize a pet adoption event. Not only will this help find homes for homeless pets, but it can also raise awareness about lost pet prevention.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Create a lost pet prevention plan</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Sit down with your family and create a plan for what to do if your pet ever goes missing. This can include making flyers, contacting shelters and posting on social media. Being prepared can make all the difference in finding your lost pet.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Organize a neighborhood search party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>If a neighbor's pet goes missing, gather some volunteers and organize a search party in the neighborhood. This can be a great way to involve the community and increase the chances of finding the lost pet.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Donate to a lost pet prevention organization</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Show your support for lost pet prevention by donating to a reputable organization that works towards reuniting lost pets with their owners. Every little bit helps and can make a big impact on the lives of pets and their owners.</p></div></div>

Why National Lost Pet Prevention Month is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It raises awareness about lost pets</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>National Lost Pet Prevention Month serves as a reminder to pet owners to be vigilant and proactive in preventing their beloved companions from becoming lost. It highlights the importance of ID tags, microchipping, and keeping pets securely contained while outside.</p></div></div> <div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It promotes responsible pet ownership</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>This month also encourages pet owners to take necessary precautions to prevent their pets from getting lost in the first place. This includes regular grooming, proper training, and providing a safe and secure environment for their pets.</p></div></div> <div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It helps reunite lost pets with their owners</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>By raising awareness about lost pets, this month also plays an important role in helping lost pets find their way back home. With the help of identification methods such as microchipping and ID tags, more lost pets can be reunited with their worried owners.</p></div></div>

5 Unbelievable Facts for Lost Pet Prevention Month

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Only Two Percent of Lost Cats are Returned </h3><p class='facts-content'>Even though there are millions of cats in households across the US, when cats go lost, approximately only 2% are returned back to their families, underlying the severity of the problem.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Pets Don't Always Return Home on Their Own</h3><p class='facts-content'>Even though pets have a strong instinct to return home when lost, they often can't do so due to long distances, physical barriers, or even fear and confusion.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Even Indoor Pets Can Become Lost</h3><p class='facts-content'>Pets that are kept strictly indoors can still find a way to escape and become lost. Unforeseen circumstances like leaving a window or door open can provide an opportunity for them.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>July 5th is one of the busiest days for animal shelters</h3><p class='facts-content'>Due to fireworks and various celebrations on July 4th, pets often get scared and lost, resulting in an influx of lost pets in shelters the following day.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Pets are More Likely to Get Lost Than Get Stolen</h3><p class='facts-content'>While pet theft is a concern, more pets are lost due to running away or accidental situations than theft, underlining the importance of preventative measures.</p></div></div>

National Lost Pet Prevention Month FAQs

When is National Lost Pet Prevention Month?

National Lost Pet Prevention Month is celebrated on July 1 every year. In 2024, National Lost Pet Prevention Month will begin on a Monday.

National Lost Pet Prevention Month Dates



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