Lost Pet Prevention

Securing your Home

The best way to prevent a lost pet is by ensuring that he cannot get out of his home or play space. Around your home, look for places that your pet can escape.
  • If your pet tends to dart out the door, warn visitors to shut the door quickly. Train your pet to stop this dangerous behavior by rewarding him with toys or treats when sitting nicely at the door. Cats can be trained too.
  • Install screens on windows and make sure window screens are not easily popped out when leaned against.
  • In your yard:
    • Check your fence regularly to make sure it is adequate to keep your pet in.
    • Sometimes fences need to be taller or buried in the ground to prevent digging under.
    • Consider lining the bottom of your fence with a heavy gauge wire to provide an additional barrier.
    • Ensure that gates are secure.

Pet Registration

A pet registration tag is the first thing our officers check when finding a lost pet. If your pet is wearing a registration tag, our officers may give your pet a free ride home. If you have lost your pet registration tag, click here to find out how to replace it.

Personalized ID Tag

If your pet does get out, an identification tag can easily get him back home. Tags should have all of your contact information including your address and multiple phone numbers. If you are planning on going out of town, consider creating a temporary ID tag with the appropriate contact phone numbers (pet sitter, neighbor, or relative).


Sometimes tags and collars can get lost. A microchip is a permanent form of identification that is implanted under the skin of your pet. Animal services officers and veterinary offices are able to scan for a microchip and get information about your pet. Veterinary clinics and animal shelters are able to implant microchips using a simple shot.

Once your pet has a microchip, it is imperative that you confirm that your pet's microchip is registered. Many microchip companies do not automatically register their chips upon implantation. Ensure that your contact information remains up-to-date with the microchip company.

Spay or Neuter your Pet

Pets that are spayed or neutered are less likely to roam because their instinct to mate will be lessened. Spaying or neutering has a number of lifesaving health benefits. Consult with your veterinarian for additional information.