When Pets Go Missing – The County

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Over the months we have seen so many missing and lost pets. We are grateful that our Facebook page is a great tool to raise awareness of these stray pets.

Over the months we have seen so many missing and lost pets. We are grateful that our Facebook page is a great tool to raise awareness of these stray pets.

If you have a missing pet, giving us a photo, description, street and city the pet is from and a contact phone number certainly helps us spread the word to more than 15,000 subscribers we have at Central Aroostook Human Society.

We really appreciate all those people who share our messages, and often the missing animal is spotted or located in a short time.

It also helps send a message to the shelter if the stray animal has made it home safely, so that we can spread the good news to everyone as well.

It’s helpful to have a close-up photo of your pet available that shows any details that might help identify them. Take a variety of shots. These could be invaluable later on if your pet is lost.

Common sense will tell you that you should never let your dog wander around the neighborhood. Please keep them on a leash at all times. One suggestion is to protect your garden with a fence and be sure to check your fence regularly for new escape routes.

If you must transport your cat, always use a carrier. You should never take your cat to the vet or anywhere else unless it is safe. God forbid your cat is scared and rushes into an unfamiliar area. The same goes for dogs.

One very important thing is to have a rabies and pet license tag on your pet at all times. And always keep a collar on your pet with a tag that includes your current phone number, including the area code.

A big part of being a responsible pet owner is spaying or neutering. Women and men will be much less likely to wander if they are “fixed”, and an added benefit is that they will live longer, healthier and happier lives.

Finally, talk to your vet about a microchip implant. It is a valuable tool to help identify a pet and be able to contact the owner. Here at the Central Aroostook Humane Society, we are able to scan animals for this microchip and can gladly help bring those lost fur babies back to where they belong.

If you’re looking for a new pet to add to your family, stop by the Central Aroostook Humane Society or check us out on Facebook. We are located at 24 Cross St. in Près Isle. Our hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and we are closed for lunch from 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Gloria J. Towle is secretary and board member of the Central Aroostook Humane Society.

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