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Pet Theft Awareness

Author: Sally Mullen, Practice Manager

Pet Theft Awareness
It’s difficult to imagine that someone could steal a pet. It’s even harder to think that it could happen to you. An estimated 2 million pets are stolen annually in the United States.  The saddest part of this statistic is that many pets are forever lost or missing.
The good news for pet owners is there are many things you can do to prevent your pets from being stolen. Read the following tips on how to prevent pet theft.
• Never leave your pet outside unattended. Your pet should always be visible.
• If you have a pet that stays outside for the majority of the day, make sure you have a tall, secure fence and it cannot escape. Also, be sure to lock your gate so intruders cannot access your pet.
• Never leave your pet unattended in your car, even if you will “just be a few minutes.” Sometimes people with good intentions will take your pet if they think it has been abandoned or is in danger (heatstroke, cold temperatures, etc.)
• Spay/Neuter your pet. Your pet is less likely to roam if it is spayed or neutered.
• Make sure your pet is wearing a collar with an ID tag that has your name and contact information. It helps to have multiple phone numbers on a tag. Be sure to keep your pet’s ID tag up to date with a current address and phone number.
• Microchip your pet! Microchips are relatively inexpensive and dramatically increase the chance of a pet returning to its owners. Make sure your pet’s microchip has its latest address and phone numbers registered. You can also put their veterinarian’s information when registering your chip. Make sure your vet has their chip number on file.
• Report a missing pet to your local animal control facility, local shelters, and local veterinarians. Give them current photographs of your pet. Be sure to include any extra information that would help identify your pet (scars, specific markings, etc.) Contact your local police department if you suspect your pet has been stolen.
• Never purchase animals on the internet from websites such as Craigslist. Be wary of people asking for a “rehoming fee.” Can you guarantee this pet wasn’t stolen from someone else? If you end up purchasing a pet online, or from a breeder, make sure to visit their house. Ask questions regarding the paperwork on a pet and make sure you get some. If necessary, check the registration if the pet is registered through kennel clubs such as the AKC.
If your pet is stolen or missing, here’s what you should start doing:
• Make posters and signs to post in your neighborhood and give to local veterinarians and businesses. AmberPetAlert.com is a website that helps pet owners create a poster of their lost pet and distribute it to local businesses and animal facilities.
• Contact your local animal control facility, local shelters, and local vets. If you suspect your pet was stolen, contact the police.
• Get online and post information and photographs on Facebook, Twitter, etc. Ask people to “share” your posts so they reach more followers.
The best way to prevent someone from stealing your pet is making sure they are with you at all times. Since this isn’t always possible, take as many precautions as you can to lessen the risk.

To schedule any of the above mentioned services such as, microchip, spay and neuter, please call Calvert Vet Center to make an appointment at 410-360-7297, or use our app to request an appointment.


You can now access your pet’s vaccine records, request medications, and request appointments through our online app. Go to either Google play or itunes and search for AllyConnect (all one word). Click install, once the program is downloaded, click on “sign up” and enter the email address you have provided us, and set a password.  For additional instructions please ask any of our staff.
Once logged in you are able to:
- Add pictures of your pets:
o Click up Upload Image under the “Your Pets” section
- Upcoming appointments are listed under the “Upcoming appointments” section
- Request Appointments, Prescriptions or Products, Update info – click on the Requests tab
- To view specific pet info for the individual pets click on their name.
Google Play Quick link:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.allydvm.comet&hl=en
Itunes Quick link:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/allyconnect/id920690093?mt=8
 

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