Keep my pet from becoming lost

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Always keep a current I.D. on your pet

Animals which get lost are more likely to find their way home if they have identification on them. (Remember, your dog is required to wear its license tag at all times). Also, you can consider microchipping your pet. It’s fairly inexpensive, and has a one-time activation fee that lasts for the life of your pet. (Ask your veterinarian about this option or contact SAS for more information on where to get your pet microchipped.) All local animal shelters scan animals for microchips. As long as you keep your contact information current, we will be able to contact you should your pet become lost.

Spay or neuter your pets 

Since a majority of the animals which end up in animal shelters are NOT spayed or neutered, it is fair to say that by having your pet altered, you reduce the chance that it will wander away.

Confine your pet 

Dogs are NOT allowed to be off of your property at any time unless they are attached to a leash by a person who can handle the animal. Pets are not allowed to wander to the neighbors yard to do their business and come home when they feel like it. If there is a hole in the fence, FIX IT! Also, keep your cats inside. They live longer and can be kept safe and happy with a little extra attention on your part. It will also reduce the chance they end up at a shelter, injured in a fight, contract a disease, or get hit by a car.

If you have questions about any of these suggestions, please contact the Salinas Animal Shelter at (831) 758-7285 for more information.

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