Simple Tips protect Beloved Pets: National Pet Theft Awareness Day, February 14.
This important day is intended to increase public awareness of pet theft as well as everyday responsible pet care
Nearly two million companion animals are stolen each year: many abducted from their yards to be used in dog fighting rings, sold to research laboratories or puppy mills, or used for dissection or other sadistic acts. There are simple steps per owners can take to ensure the safety of their pets:
1) Keep pets indoors when not at home
2) Ensure proper identification with a collar and I.D. tag and identification microchip
3) Spay and neuter pets: sterilized pets are less likely to roam
4) Keep dogs on leashes when outside and keep cats indoors
5) Never leave an animal unattended in a vehicle
6) Ensure that gates are padlocked and fences are high enough and secure
7) Keep pet licenses current and keep a current photo of pets on hand
8) If pet is missing call the Animal shelter to leave animal description, last know location and your contact information
It is a tragedy that any pet owner should suffer the heartbreak of a stolen pet.
If you believe your pet has been stolen, do not delay in filing a theft report by contacting the local authorities. Pet thefts often occur in groups within the same neighborhoods, and prompt reporting will increase your odds of recovering your animas and preventing additional thefts.
Available Dogs: At the time this article was submitted there were no dogs available for adoption. Please visit our Petfinder website for a current listing. www.mesquiteanimalshelter.petfinder.com
Mr. Whiskers is a nine month old black and white cat who came to the shelter because his owner was moving and could not take him. He is very friendly and is a FRONT PAW DECLAWED young gentleman.
Other adoptable cats: Charlie is a 2 year old black and white cat. His owners moved and so he came to the shelter. Charlie is a little shy and used to being in a home so shelter life is new to him.
All animals will be spayed or neutered prior to leaving shelter and receive 1 year rabies vaccination and city license. Ages are approximate.
The City of Mesquite Animal Shelter located at 795 Hardy Way is open for adoptions from 11am until 1 pm, Monday through Saturday, Sunday 1pm -3pm. Please call 702-346-7415 during these hours to speak to the front desk. Animal Control may be reached by phone or voicemail at 702-346-5268
The animals submitted to the media may have changed so please visit our Petfinder website for a current listing and more detailed information on the animals. www.mesquiteanimalshelter.petfinder.com
Please also check our Facebook pages for lost and found animals along with pet information. https://www.facebook.com/MesquiteNVAnimalControl and https://www.facebook.com/FRIENDSOFMESQUITENVANIMALSHELTER