Lost Pet Prevention

Securing your home

The best way to prevent a lost pet is by ensuring that he cannot get out of his home or play space. Around your home look for places that your pet can escape. 

  • If your pet darts out the door, warn visitors to shut the door quickly. Train your pet to stop this dangerous behavior by rewarding him with toys or treats when sitting nicely at the door. Cats can be trained too.
  • Install screens on windows.
  • Ensure window screens are not easily popped out when leaned against.
  • In your yard, ensure your fence is adequate to keep your pet in. Sometimes fences need to be taller or sunk into the ground (to prevent digging under).
  • Ensure that gates are not left open and cannot be easily opened by a passer-by.


A pet license is the first thing our officers check when finding a lost pet. If your pet is wearing his license, our officers can give your pet a ride home. If you have lost your pet license tag, find out how to replace it.

Personalized tag

If your pet does get out, an identification tag can easily get him back home. Tags should have all of your contact information including multiple phone numbers and address. A variety of styles and colors of personalized tags can be purchased from Seattle Animal Shelter.


Sometimes tags and collars can get lost. A microchip is a permanent form of identification that is implanted under the skin of your pet. Shelters and veterinary offices are able to read the microchip and get information about your pet. Most veterinarians implant microchips using a simple shot. Once your pet has a microchip, it is imperative that you register the microchip and ensure that your contact information is up-to-date with the microchip company.

Spay or neuter your pet

Pets that are spayed or neutered are less likely to roam because their instinct to mate will be lessened. By spaying or neutering you can keep your happy, healthy pet at home.