Humane Society launches ‘bring them home’ campaign

By CityNews Kitchener Staff

The Humane Society of Kitchener Waterloo and Stratford Perth (HSKWSP) is getting a head-start on July's National Lost Pet Prevention Month with their 'Bring Them Home' campaign.

The aim of the campaign is the spread awareness about lost and found pets, and the best ways to make sure they get back to their families.

“Heading into our busiest season of the year, we know that many pets coming into our centres are already owned,” said Amanda Hawkins, senior manager of animal care, HSKWSP. “We hope by spreading awareness and providing tools and resources, we can get pets home faster.”

The Humane Society's website has a Lost and Found page to share information on lost pets and there is a new online page to view any lost pets currently in care at their Kitchener or Stratford locations.

The Humane Society is also encouraging pet owners to microchip their pets, either at their local vet or the Humane Society’s weekly low-cost microchipping appointments.

Calla James, director of community engagement & outreach, HSKWSP, said in a news release that microchipping greatly increases the chances of a lost pet being returned home.

“A study published on microchipping revealed that microchipped dogs were 238 per cent more likely to be returned home, whereas microchipped cats were over 2000 per cent more likely to be returned.”

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