Two million animals are stolen each year across America? They are “dognapped,” “kitnapped” and adopted under false pretenses, by “Bunchers.” ***“BUNCHERS” n 1. humans who acquire animals, either singularly or in bunches, by taking them away without right, permission or under false pretenses for purposes of profit. 2. humans whose greed exceeds their compassion
Did you know that of all the animals stolen, only about ten-percent, or approximately 200,000 of these animals ever see their caretakers again? The rest face fates of unimaginable horror.
Of the millions of animals stolen every year, the one’s that do not find their way home end up in nightmarish situations most often ending in death, their only release. Some puppies and adult dogs may end up as fighting dogs who tear, wound and kill each other till one is victorious. Some puppies and kittens end up as lures in training the fighting dogs, torn apart in the effort to raise the blood-lust of the fighting animal. Some of those animals end up as sacrifices in religious or sadistic rituals. Some end up as objects of various forms of agonizing experimentation.
How then can you best protect your pet without constant surveillance? With the permission of Last Chance for Animals, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending the exploitation of animals, !!!BE AWARE!!! offers you the following tips to help keep your loved ones safe.
What You Can Do To Protect Your Pet
DO keep your pet indoors especially when you are not at home.
DO properly identify your pet with a collar tag, microchip, and/or tattoo.
DO be aware of strangers in the neighborhood and report anything unusual to the police.
DO padlock your gate with no access over it.
DO keep your pet on a leash whenever you go outside.
DO make neighbors aware of the problem of pet theft.
DO know where your pet is at all times.
DO NOT let your pet roam free in the neighborhood.
DO NOT let your pet be visible from the street.
DO NOT leave your pet unattended at any time.
DO NOT tie your pet outside a store or leave in a car to wait for you.
DO NOT use “FREE TO A GOOD HOME” in advertisements to place your pet in a good home. Charge a fee for the animal’s protection.
DO NOT give your pet away without first knowing as much as possible about the adoptive home, having them sign a pet adoption agreement, and checking their references and identification.
!!!Be Aware!!! and “Err on the side of caution,” for surely someone out there thinks Fido or Felix is as cute as you think he is, but that someone probably has less concern for his future.