Updated: January 25, 2011 6:53PM
There are some preventative measures to take before a pet gets loose and other remedies if they do get away:
Here is how they work:
† Microchips: They send radio-frequency signals to relay stored information to a database of one of the many pet recovery services.
The average microchip, about the size of a grain of rice, is injected into the pet just under the skin at the back of the dog’s (or cat’s) neck.
If your lost pet ends up in a shelter, the staff will scan the pet for a microchip with information on how to find the owner.
Applying for a microchip database though a pet recovery service is a bit confusing. Once the microchips are inserted, you must take the identification number and contact/join one of the myriad pet recovery services.
One of the best is the nonprofit American Kennel Club (AKC) and the Companion Animal Recovery (CAR) program (www.akccar.org) . The AKC/CAR program requires a one-time enrollment fee of $19.95.
Another pet recovery program is HomeAgain (www.HomeAgain.com), which charges $16.99 a year.
† GPS tags for collars: These tags fit on a dog collar and are linked to a GPS system. The tag alerts the owner if the pet leaves its designated safety zone.
For example, the SpotLite GPS Pet Locator, also lets you pinpoint through Google maps where your pet is at any time.
The SpotLite GPS Locator is priced at $149.99. It requires a monthly service fee of $14.99 . Visit www.Spotlightgps.com.
† Website: If you do an Internet search, you’ll find scores of lost pet websites, such as www.petrescue.com; www.fidofinder.com and www.returnmypet.com.
† Some lost pet owners are turning to Facebook, creating links to help them find their pet.
† PetAmberAlert.com: This service is modeled after the Amber Alert, a child abduction emergency. It offers three packages.
The first is a poster alert package that will create a poster with information and photo by the lost pet owner, faxing it to animal shelters, vets and humane societies. A one-time fee costs $39.99 for 30 posters.
The second package calls all the houses and businesses closet to where the pet was last seen. It leaves an automated message about the lost pet and contact information. It costs $49.99 for 200 phone calls.
The third is a combination of the first two and costs $89.98. Call (877) 875-7387; www.PetAmberAlert.com.