• Don’t leave pets unattended where they could be stolen, injured or become lost.

  • Have a safe place to exercise your pet. For dogs this can be a safe, fenced-in yard or they can be taken for walks on a leash - preferably both.

  • For added protection keep locks on gates and conduct regular inspections of your yards to ensure that there are no harmful items that can be accessed by pets.

  • Equip pets with effective identification. Effective ID includes personalized ID tags and microchip ID - preferably both.

  • Keep pets away from doors to ensure that they are not accidentally let out. Be extra cautious when visitors or service people (i.e. repair people) access your house and/or yard. Ensure that doors and gates are closed after these people leave.

  • To help find lost, strayed or stolen pets quickly, always have an up-to-date file on your pet including an accurate description which should contain such information as: breed, sex, age, size, weight, colouring, tattoos, scars or distinguishing features etc. A recent colour photograph that can be shown to people or put on "Lost Pet" signs is very important. Keep a current list of phone numbers of animal shelters, pounds, humane societies, veterinary hospitals etc. in this file.