For many families, their cats, dogs or horses are not possessions or livestock – they are a part of their family. To thieves they are money on the hoof and they do not know or care about the devastating impact taking someone’s pet can have on their emotional well-being. The video above is just an inkling of the emotions involved.
Don’t be a victim…read on for pet theft prevention tips.
Almost no one took horse theft seriously when I first met Debi Metcalfe online in 1998. Her beloved horse Idaho had been missing almost a year and she constantly worked to recover him. I told her to keep looking – he was out there somewhere – because a single paint colored horse stolen from a pasture was stolen to resell.
Almost a year to the day, Idaho was found and came home.
That family’s lives revolved around recovering their horse. To the thief he was $xx.xx but to them he was a member of the family. Debi founded Stolen Horse International and NetPosse so today horse owners have a support structure that makes recovery possible. You can find out more on their site and the Stolen Horse International Facebook page.
NetPosse / SHI faces a continual battle for survival so if you can donate
please do so that they are available when any family needs their assistance.
Prevention is the best plan. For horses, that means locking gates, watching each other’s pastures and writing down the license plates of trucks and trailers that don’t belong to anyone you know. Video cameras are another good idea.
Most important of all is to use freeze branding in a visible location as a deterrent and because it identifies that individual horse. I am NOT a fan of micro-chipping as they can affect health, thieves can not see them, and there are multiple types of scanners so they may not even be found. Find out how freeze marking works here.
Dog theft affects even more people than horse theft. There are many motives, but all cause heartache and many cases are not reported. Most are never recovered.
Pet thefts are up 70 percent, warns American Kennel Club (Dec 28, 2012)
Even worse is when service dogs are stolen. Service dogs are specially trained to detect diabetic shock, cancer and other health issues. Most have seen dogs that act as the eyes and ears for their owners. Others work with special needs patients who have cerebral palsy, autism, and other conditions.
When a service dog is taken, it can risk the owners’ very lives!
Prevention is best for our dogs, too. I would not use microchips because microchips can migrate and can cause tumors and cancer. I would use permanent IDs and this new locking leash that Kirk Allen has patented.
I will encourage him to also manufacture a locking collar that can be left on that contains identification that can not be removed. This invention could have prevented the theft of this service dog from the owner’s van.
The AKC is very interested because thefts from AKC shows are on the rise. Anyone who walks their dog and leaves it tied up outside anywhere or who leaves it unattended briefly in their car or secured in the back of their truck could use his new devices.
StayBoyLock is a solution that can protect service, working, and pet dogs alike.
I’m sharing this with you now because they are running a crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo – and as I’ve said before, for those to succeed you need to know how algorithms work and to create a very advanced viral marketing strategy.
He doesn’t have much time left, but if horse and dog lovers everywhere will support what he is doing – ideally by buying their own StayBoyLock – or by blogging about and sharing his Stay Boy Lock IndieGoGo campaign – there will be a new way to make sure someone can’t just walk off with your dog.
Please share this post with all the horse and dog lovers you know.
Donate or buy a product you need to support these two fine causes.
If you know any dog bloggers please share this post with them. Also share it with journalists and any news reporters, radio personalities or others who could be interested. I will be personally contacting Rob Snell because he owns one of the largest and best ecommerce sites for Dog Collars and other products.
This video explains what a Stay Boy Lock leash and collar is:
While the AKC offers these dog theft prevention tips, people who live in cities are not going to stop walking their dogs when they go on errands. In the country, working dogs often ride in a pickup truck. This invention will allow the owners to prevent dogs from being stolen from their vehicles or anywhere they may tie them temporarily.
If you love your dogs or horses, please spread the word.
Share this post, and the NetPosse links above, and the IndieGoGo campaign link with anyone who might be willing to help keep these important theft solutions going. You never know until you ask.
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