There are a number of phrases becoming ever more frequent amongst pet owners:
- “The garden gate was closed”
- “I was only in the shop for a second”
- “I swear I locked my car”
Pet theft, and in particular, dog theft, has been steadily on the rise for a number of years now. It only takes a few seconds for a thief to snatch your pet. As usual, money is the main reason behind most threats with purebreds being the most likely target of crime.
Whether your pet is a prize-winning pedigree or a loveable mutt, our pets are all priceless to us. Follow these simple steps to prevent pet theft.
Keep your doors closed
You can put your cats and dogs at risk with a cat flap or doggie door, making the convenience they offer simply not worth it. When your pets can come in and out of the house without your knowledge, it can really put them at risk from pet thieves in the area. Incidentally, some doggie doors will be big enough for a human to fit through, too, meaning your door locks become essentially redundant.
When letting your pets out into the garden, always keep an eye on them, particularly if your garden can be seen from a street. You may also want to install spring latches on your yard gates in case someone forgets to lock the door.
Treat your pet like a child
Many pet owners already love their pets dearly, but when we talk about treating your pet like a child, we mean you should never leave them unattended in a public space. In the same way you wouldn’t leave a child unattended in a car or outside a shop, don’t do it to your dog.
If you’re looking into hiring a pet sitter, a dog walker, a groomer or a trainer, always thoroughly check their references. A good place to start in the search is to ask your vet for recommendations, as they’ll have experience on who to trust. Criminals can easily pose as professionals, so it’s always worth it to check any references they give you. If something doesn’t feel right, go with someone else.
Keep all paperwork
Ensure that your pet has some form of permanent identification, such as a microchip and the necessary documents to prove ownership should your pet ever go missing. Adoption papers or evidence of a sale should be kept in a safe and secure place, as well as vet bills, receipts from groomers and anything else that’ll support your claim as the pet’s owner.