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TAKE PICTURES IN CASE OF LOSS

A vital aspect of animal-housekeeping is to take a set of clear pictures of your animal for identification purposes in case of loss. As your animal grows and gets older you should do this every couple of years. Take close-up pictures of the face - a full figure shot of the front, both sides, the top and even from the back. This will help identify any distinguishing features on the animal's coat etc.

Pictures will also provide evidence of ownership if you need to recover your lost animal from a rescue center or police station. You will also need to provide other records of animal ownership along with your own ID (passport / driving licence), and at least one utility bill which matches your name and address with your animal's details (i.e microchip / vets records). See more at Microchip News.

MOVING HOUSE or NEW OWNER

As mentioned in the "If you lose or find an animal section", if you have recently moved house and you have lost your animal check your old house because cats and dogs will travel surprisingly long distances to reach their old home if they feel inclined! (see Amazing Tails). And of course, DON'T FORGET ... Inform your vet / microchip registry of the change of contact details, and it's vital that you provide updated details to your microchip provider when you move home or pass your animal on to a new owner.

ALL ANIMALS ARE COVERED BY THE LaFAN NETWORK

LaFAN is designed to help reunite companion animals with their owners. But what kinds of animals does this include? The answer (obviously besides cats and dogs) is anything you care for as a "pet"; from rabbits, reptiles, birds and rodents to goats, sheep, cows and horses, chickens etc that have been cared for as companion animals and certainly not for consumption. LaFAN doesn't list animal breeders, sellers, blood sports, pigeon racing, or any organisation or service linked to animal based sport known to cause animal suffering. NOTE: We do not knowingly list groups affiliated with activists who conduct violent or threatening acts against individuals.

THE DARK SIDE

Unfortunately many animals are also stolen and the problem is growing. This doesn't just apply to house cats and dogs but also species that fetch high prices on the black market. Even tortoises that may have been a part of your family for decades are a growing target for thieves, since they are no longer sold in pet shops. Other exotic species, including fish and birds, are on the pet criminals list. But more commonly, thoroughbreds are a prime target for thieves. Unfortunately, there is even a darker side of cat and dog theft but we won't raise your concerns with that scenario on this part of VeggieGlobal and Looking-Glass. However you can find a wealth of useful information about the care of companion animals at VeggieGlobal's "Sharing The Planet With Animals".

FINALLY

If you see an animal or bird which appears to be lost but are unable to secure the animal, take a picture with your mobile phone and pass the photo on to your local rescue place. Tell them the time and location where you saw the animal. They can put up details on their lost and found web pages. See more aout this on our Lost Animal Photo-Tracking page.

Finally, VeggieGlobal and Looking-Glass cannot stress enough the importance of retaining your animals in safe areas of your property away from the dangers of traffic and public access. Lots more on this subject can be found here.

 

 

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