Lost Pet Prevention

Lost Pet Prevention

What are the best ways to ensure our pets will be returned home should they go missing? Below are some simple and effective tips.


Microchipping is the most convenient way to ensure your pet will return home, should they go missing. The Humane Society of Kitchener Waterloo & Stratford Perth hosts weekly microchipping clinics at an affordable cost. The chip holds all of your contact information which ensures that if your pet is found, you will be contacted. If an animal is scared and their behaviour doesn’t allow for microchip scanning right away, the humane society will continue to try and scan once the animal feels more at ease and the staff feels comfortable enough to do so.

If your pet finds their way outside without a collar or ID tag, the humane society or your animal services provider will still be able to access your information. Administering a microchip is completely painless and does not require anesthesia. It’s no different than having your pet receive their annual vaccines! Be sure to register your information and update your contact information should anything change.

Collars and ID tags

Another simple prevention technique is ensuring your pet always wears a collar with an ID tag attached. It’s important to have a current phone number on the tag so you can be reached immediately if a pet is found. This is especially important for cats. It helps people identify that your cat does, indeed, have a home and they do not need “rescuing.” If you do not have an ID tag, your pet’s rabies vaccine tag can be traced back to you, though it is recommended to have both. Not sure where to buy a tag? Many local pet stores will have engraving machines on site.

Back Yard Maintenance

If you have a fenced in yard, chances are your pet will be safe if you let them out. However, gaps and holes can occur in fences and it’s important to routinely check for any weaknesses where your pet might be able to escape. It’s also a good idea to check that any gates are latched shut. If you find a gap in the fence, patch it as best as you can until you can have it properly repaired.

Long Lines

If you don’t have a fenced yard, consider purchasing a long line for your pet to have the freedom to roam the yard with the safety of a tether. Always be sure to supervise your pet if they are outside on a long line. Note: Please check your local municipal bylaws regarding long lines.


Spaying or neutering your pet can help reduce their desire to wander. A pet’s mating instinct may take over and entice them to go looking for a mate. While spaying/ neutering is a good idea in general for your pet’s overall well-being, minimizing your pet’s urge to stray is an added bonus.

To learn more about our spay/neuter services at the Humane Society, please check out our website under the vet services tab.