Lost, Found & Homes Needed
Please let us know if you have recently lost a pet, it may be that someone will have found it and brought it to Socelex.
There are probably very few of you reading this newsletter that have not at some time lost a beloved pet. Sometimes we are lucky and they come home or are found and returned. Sometimes we may never know what has happened to our loved one.
There are two ways of identification that can be used, one is microchip and another one not as used but well worth considering is tattooing. Please contact The National Dog Tattoo register on Tel: 01255 552455 or visit their website.
Tattooing is a permanent and visible identification that is applied in seconds and requires no anaesthetic or sedation. If you are unfortunate to lose your pet please check all the cupboards etc in your own house first! Recently my sister in law lost her cat only happily to find him again the next day in the blanket drawer of the bed in her guestroom! Also ask neighbours to check their garages etc, and put posters in all neighbouring houses. Make sure you have a clear colour photo of both sides of your cat and its face.
Also report the missing cat to local sanctuaries and vets, Cats Protection, RSPCA etc and put a lost advert in your local paper. Inform local schools since children are very observant.
Getting a Pet
We also sometimes have cats and dogs in need of loving homes, get in touch with us if you are looking for a pet.
Before getting a pet, it's important to ask yourself certain questions:
- Do I have the time to care for this animal's needs?
- Do I have the physical space required for this pet? Does this pet need a garden?
- Do I have the money to care for this animal? It is often more expensive than you think!
- Is this pet suited to the place where I live? A large dog may not be very happy in a big city if there is no back garden.
- If I get this pet, will I physically be able to handle the animal on walks? This one is especially important when the owner is elderly or when children will be the primary caretakers.
- Do I have young children in the house? If so, a puppy might not be the best choice. Having a puppy in a household with a tiny child can be like having two small children competing for the attention of the parent. Puppies can also be very high energy and can sometimes cause accidents and injury to the child. An adult dog may be calmer and may be a better choice for people with children.