My dog only goes outside in our fenced in yard. My dog doesn’t wander from around my home. Even if my dog lost his way, he’d surely find his way back home.
Those are three of the most common arguments that pet owners have when it comes to why they don’t need any sort of dog ID tags for their canine. But here’s one key argument for dog tags for pets: According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy, only about 15-20 percent of all lost dogs are ever returned to their rightful owner.
Let that sink in for a moment – only as many as one-fifth of lost dogs go home after being found. The other 80-85 percent go to animal shelters or, worse yet, can be struck by cars or injured when they’re out on the run for an extended period of time. And that is why dog tags are so important for your pet.
Why Your Dog Needs a Personalized ID Tag
Aside from getting your pet home to you safely, there are a bevy of other benefits to having custom dog tags for pets. Here’s a closer look at some of them:
- Peace of mind: Even if your dog goes outside in a fenced in yard, the gate may accidentally be left ajar. Even if your dog doesn’t stray from your property, it may not be able to resist chasing a cat or squirrel from time to time. Dog tags help pet owners have peace of mind when it comes to their animals and avoid the guilt that is often associated with a long-term absence. Feelings of guilt and remorse can intensify if the animal is never found and owners never get any closure. Accidents can happen and dogs can react to certain stimuli that instinctively make them run away. A dog tag can ensure they make it home.
- Fast and effective: Whether it’s a good Samaritan that corrals your lost pet or an animal control worker, a quick glance at your dog’s tag will give them all the information they need to return the animal to you. Dog tags avoid the time-consuming task of having to search for your lost animal yourself, not to mention making “lost dog” flyers and carrying out other search methods.
- Affordable and practical: Not only are custom dog tags for pets an affordable preventative solution, but they’re available in stainless steel formats that won’t rust or corrode, making them a long-lasting solution to boot. In fact, many tags are guaranteed to last for the life of your pet. They’re also easily removed for convenient transfer from collar to collar. Don’t like the jingling noise of the tag? That’s an easy fix, as certain accessories work to prevent the tag from moving, keeping the tag stationary and thereby silent.
- Widely recommended: While there are other methods of pet identification, such as microchips, tattoos and RFID, veterinary professionals and animal group representatives agree that dog tags are a must. According to Dr. Emily Weiss, the VP of Shelter Research and Development, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, via the New York Times, ID tags are the simplest and easiest means of assuring a dog will make it back home.
As you can see, there’s really no excuse why you shouldn’t have a dog tag for your pet. So if your dog doesn’t currently have one or if it’s current tag is outdated, take a few minutes to order a new one today. It could wind up saving your dog’s life.