Pet Tags Save Lives
From the SPA
By Megan Gabel
Last July, Dulce, a SPA dog, was adopted and taken home to a ranch about 45 minutes away in Corralejo, from which she ran away within a day. For six weeks we searched for her, put up posters, arranged for radio announcements, and asked for help from the San Miguel community via various Yahoo posts. We agonized over the fact that even if someone found her, they wouldn’t know that Dulce was a treasured SPA dog and that Dulce was so far away that she wouldn’t be able to find her way home to us. We were extremely lucky when someone called after seeing her poster and returned her safely to the SPA, where she is waiting for her forever home.
We learned a lesson from that experience, which we never want to go through again! So, we decided to put a tag on every dog adopted from us with the SPA’s name and phone number. Regular tags turned out to be much more expensive than we could afford. We put our heads together and came up a workable alternative. We made up a dog-tag template, got copies made on heavy duty paper, and the tags were laminated. We punch a hole in the top and attach the tag with a plastic tie to the collar of every adopted dog.
The good news is that two of our puppies have been saved because of these tags. First, Muñeca was found roaming along a railroad track, having dug under the fence of her new home. Someone picked her up and called us so we could come and get her and reunite her with her family. Next was Baxter, who slipped out the door when his owners went to work. He was picked up and, because of his tag, we were notified and could return him to his new owners. So our system is working great with the SPA dogs.
There are more safeguards available now for them and for all pets in the community. The Green Paws Pet Registration program reunites lost and found pets with their owners. For 50 pesos (no renewal fee or expiration), register your pet at the SPA, Los Pinos 7, 152 6124, and receive a numbered tag. This number is also on the form which is maintained at a central location. When a tagged pet is found, the finder should call the phone number on the tag and the operator will check the forms and contact the owner, who will be given the finder’s contact info so that the pet can be returned. Lost pets should be reported to the operator who will then let you know if your pet is found. Save yourself and your beloved pet the agony of being lost. Pet tags work!