ID your pets: it is their ticket home
United Animal Friends (UAF) is raising awareness of lost pets by participating in National Pet ID Week, April 18-24.
UAF reminds dog and cat lovers that all pets should have well-fitting collars with up-to-date ID tags. The rescue organization continues its "Collar Up" program, which has collars available through UAF's Pet Food Bank. Anyone wishing to donate or pick up a gently-used collar can visit the UAF Pet Food Bank trailer noon-2 p.m. Sunday at Petco.
Millions of lost companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Various rescue organizations claim that as few as 2 percent of cats and 15 percent to 20 percent of dogs are reunited with their families. Proper identification is the first step toward a pet's safe return. Personalized ID tags should be checked for current information.
Another step to ensure return is to have cats and dogs microchipped.
Dogs are required to be licensed in Yavapai County. The cost for licensing varies from city to city and is considerably less for dogs that have been altered.