Why are 3 to 4 million pets killed each year at our Animal Shelters

5 to 7 million cats and dogs enter our Humane Shelters each year and 3 to 4 million are euthanized. That's over 11,000 pets dying each day in our Shelters. These are our lost pets, like our children they are the most vulnerable among us.
By: Paul Cola co-owner of PetVoice
April 23, 2010 - PRLog -- According to the National Council on Pet Study and Policy {NCPPSP}, less than 2 % of cats and only 15%  to 20% of dogs are returned to their owners. Most of these were identified with tags, tattoos or microchips. That means that 98% of cats and less than 80% of dogs don't find their way home. What sadness occurs in the homes of lost pets, children losing a friend and companion, owners never knowing what happened to the pet they cared for. These are lost 'beloved' pets that we are talking about not some wild animal that is over populated and we need to thin out their numbers.  The American Animal Association's 1995 Pet Owner Survey concluded that 30% of pet owners had lost a pet {went missing} at one time. With 63% of all households in America having a pet that translates to 75 million dogs and 85 million cats {according to the American Veterinary Medical Association} with 30% missing would translate to nearly 45 million lost souls that will eventually end up on dead row in a Humane Shelter. Please don't tell me that we as a society view these pets as throw away's.   Simply a replaceable commodity, lose one buy another. I want to think that our system is broke and needs repaired but the truth of the matter is that we do not have a system at all. We have put greed ahead of our beloved pets safety. Look at  the meager ways we have to provide adequate accessible contact information, micro chips are costly and you must rely on a Veterinarian {for a fee} to scan the lost animal. Did you know that there are 3 different, competing micro chip technologies that are vying for your money. The pet owner has to depend on a company to enter contact information and  updated that information if you move or change phone numbers.  The estimates are as high as 80% of all micro chipped pets have no contact information or outdated contact information which renders it absolutely useless.  Everyone has been to the pet store and put a dollars worth of quarters into the machine that engraves your pets name and contact phone number on a fancy tag.  The cheap quality of this tag is laughable, made of pot metal and etched poorly.  My dog's lasted about 6 months and couldn't be read due to the finish wearing off. Formal license tags merely have a registration number printed on it. The lack of any direct contact information forces the good Samaritan  who finds your lost pet to call Animal Control where your pet is placed on death row.  I don't want to leave you with the wrong impression about Animal Shelters or Humane Shelters. Out of necessity they are also know as kill shelters due to the fact that they are over ran with lost pets, to the tune of 5 to 7 million per year. There are approximately 5,000 Animal Shelters Nationally according to the ASPCA and they are over worked, under funded and overwhelmed with lost pets causing them to euthanize pets in as little as 3 days.  I have met hundreds of Animal Shelter workers and they will be the first to tell you "there is a problem" and it needs to be fixed.

   The simple solution is to have good current accessible contact information available to the person or agency that finds your pet. It really is that simple but it needs to be controlled by you the pet owner and pet lovers. No more relying on profit based companies to control your information for a fee or products that only work regionally. We need a National Pet Registry that is controlled by the pet owner and accessible by the pet finder. We need a pet tag that has real contact information on it that can be accessible to the person or agency that finds your pet.  Did you know that the majority of lost pets are found by pet lovers in your community, not by Veterinarians, Animal Control or Humane Shelters. Lets give those people who finds your lost pet the tools needed to reunite lost pet to owner.

   http://petvoice.net/ is just that system, a National Pet Registry accessible to pet owners and pet lovers alike. This unique data base hosts your pets vital information such as name, breed, color, distinctive markings, Vet's name and phone number, if micro chipped and the number, special instructions, owners name, contact phone number and even a photo of your pet.  All information is place by the pet owner and updated as needed by the pet owner. The other half of this system is a small red heart pet tag worn by your pet that houses a 10 second recorder and a 8 digit pet identification number.  This recorder can hold your pets name and a contact phone number and is easily played back by the person that finds your pet.  The 8 digit number can be accessed online at PetVoice.net to view the full list of information previously noted.  This unique and wonderful system is $29.95 for a lifetime of protection, this one time price includes the red heart tag recorder and use of the website for life.  This product is even transferable from one pet to a new pet if desired by the pet owner. Truly a lifetime of protection for you and the pets in your life.http://petvoice.net/index.php/General-Articles/video-inst...

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PetVoice is a 2 part pet recovery system. 1st is a red heart shaped pet tag with a 10 second recorder with your contact information for playback. 2nd part is the 1st ever National Pet Registry that has your pet's info and a photo to aid in reuniting pet.
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