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Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles, since 1877

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Importance of ID Tags

Sadly, most lost animals never make it home. A personal identification tag is a matter of life and death when a pet gets lost. If your pet has their own ID tag with CURRENT name and phone number on it, anyone finding your pet can help them find their way home. Always update your information when you move or change your telephone number. Most people that find a lost pet will check for ID, and even if your pet ends up in a shelter, staff there will call you. In addition to collars, there are also other forms of ID that can be used such as the microchip (check with your veterinarian).

Why Your Dog/Cat Should Wear ID

Question: My cat doesn’t go outside, why should she wear identification?

Answer: Doors can open easily be left ajar which gives your cat the perfect opportunity to slip outside.

Question: When I am not home, I sometimes leave my dog in the yard which is secured. Why should he still wear his identification?

Answer: Yards are never 100% secure. Gates can easily be left open by the gardener or cable worker making it effortless for your dog to escape.

Question: Isn’t it dangerous to have a collar on my cat? What if he gets caught on something and chokes?

Answer: Most cat collars are “safety collars” designed to break away if your cat were to get caught on something. Make sure any cat collar you purchase has this feature.

Question: What if the collar does fall off my dog or cat, how will anyone know how to call me if they are found?

Answer: In addition to putting a collar and ID on your dog and cat, you can use back up identification such as microchip.

Behavior and Training Department

If you would like more information on training or have a behavior question you can email the Behavior and Training Department at training@spcaLA.com or call the Behavior Helpline at (888) 772-2521, ext 260.