Pink Toes and Cowlicks
An estimated 10 million pets are lost every year for various, unfortunate reasons. In fact, the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy notes that family pets are lost about every two seconds.
Most pet owners try to protect their babies with collars, tags, microchips and tattoos. While these methods are helpful in finding lost pets, I am still speechless when I talk to some pet owners who can’t describe specific physical traits about their furry kids other than it is “black and white” or “has a scar on his face.”
Police officers trying to record descriptions of missing persons often encounter people who cannot remember the color of a spouse’s or child’s eyes. Imagine how much harder it is to find a missing pet!
Because of a small physical trait that my friend Ruth noted about her cat, Lexie, the two were reunited.
Ruth, a senior citizen, often let her longhair, tortoiseshell-colored female cat outside of her front door on a tie-out cord and kept a close eye on her by sitting nearby. Unfortunately, one day Lexie apparently tried to chase a bird or another animal and slipped out of her collar. Lexie was gone.