According to "petfinder" up to two million pets are stolen in the U.S. each year and only about 10% are ever returned home. It is absolutely disgusting that two million of our loved ones are stolen each year when we have the technology in place to rescue them.
Often pets our stolen and Sold to research laboratories. The USDA categorizes “animal dealers” in either Class A dealers – who maintain their own breeding colonies—and Class B—who get animals from “random sources.” The USDA issues licenses to any shmuck on the street for $50 with little or no oversight. The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) inspectors are charged with overseeing dealer records, but unfortunately APHIS is extremely understaffed and unregulated.
Regrettably, many “random sourced” animals come from someone’s backyard or free “Good home” ads. Class B dealers then sell pets to research facilities where researchers prefer former pets because they are easier to handle.
Preventing pet theft.
The easiest way to protect against pet theft is to keep an eye on your loved one, make sure play areas are secured, and ensure your pet is properly identified, microchipped, and registered.
The easiest way to retrieve your pet, if its lost or stolen, is to have him or her properly implanted and registered. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), a study of more than 7,700 stray animals at animal shelters showed that dogs without microchips were returned 21.9% of the time, whereas microchipped dogs were returned 52.2% of the time. Cats without microchips were returned only 1.8% of the time, whereas microchipped cats were returned 38.5% of the time.
Here at Peeva, we love our pets and want to provide owners with an effective solution to the missing pet epidemic. We are standardizing the pet industry's RFID and microchip technology, linking pets' medical records and owner information with veterinarians and animal shelters, building a cloud based registry, and instantly notifying owners when and where their pet is scanned. Together we can make this a thing of the past! Scan the chip. Save the Pet!
P.S. We Need More Regulations!
Write to yourlocal representativeor USDA to increase create and actively enforce, heightened microchipping requirements, pet theft regulations, and prohibit Class B Dealer licenses. Together, we can erase the stolen pet figures and save our loved ones!