LICENSING AND MICROCHIPPING ANIMALS
AN IMPORTANT STEP
By Summer Watterson
Special to the Patriot
Private Pet Detective Melody Pugh says a lot of things while looking for lost pets, but here kitty, kitty, kitty is not one of them.
“I’ve never seen a person recover a pet by calling their name with an outdoor voice,” said Pugh. “Here Kitty doesn’t work.”
Pugh uses an indoor or “baby” voice when calling the name of a lost animal.
The one thing Pugh said is most important thing to do when an animal gets lost: Act immediately.
A lost pet can change many different hands in a short amount of time, according to Pugh. People shouldn’t wait to call and visit local shelters because there is a chance the animal might be adopted. Dana Lerma, marketing specialist at the Kitsap Humane Society (KHS) said stray animals are held for five days before being put up for adoption.
Lerma said people shouldn’t just call shelters and rely on employees to identify their pet – they should go and make sure their pet is not there.
Producing flyers that include a phone number, a picture of the pet and the pet’s name can also be very helpful, Pugh said.
On flyers she creates, she asks people to call if they’ve spotted the pet somewhere because that tells her the general area the pet is in.
“It’s amazing how many people we have who are so good in the city of Bremerton ,” said Pugh.
Pugh suggests not giving up a search for a pet until there’s proof the animal is dead. She said she once reunited a lost pet with its family seven years after it was lost.
Lerma said pets with proper identification are more likely to make it home.
The City of Bremerton requires that all dogs and cats within the City limits be licensed. Owners can license their animals at City Hall, located on Fourth Street or at the Kitsap Humane Society, on Dickey Road in Silverdale.
Lerma also suggests people microchip their pets. The Humane Society and many veterinarians scan animals for a microchip when they are brought in.
“Pet ID’s can be lost but the microchip cannot be lost because it’s under the skin,” Lerma said.
Fenced yards will help keep pets from getting lost in the first place, added Lerma.
Invisible fences, a system which uses buried electrical wire and a collar, also prevent cats from getting out more than real fences do according to Lerma. Additionally, harnessing cat and putting them on runners allows them to get outside while reducing the risk of getting lost or hurt.
People can call Pugh at 373-4218 or go to her Web site at www.pt-detective.com for free information. To look for a lost pet at KHS, located at 9167 Dickey Road in Silverdale, call 692-6977 or go to their Web site at www.kitsaphumane.org.
Bremerton Animal Control can be contacted at 478-5366 or call PAWS of Bremerton at 613-1050.