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The American Kennel Club (AKC) has reported that the rate of pet theft is on the rise. Victimized pets range from small puppies to purebred animals that are being seized from various places like parking lots and even animal shelters. The poor pets that have been stolen are often sold for research in laboratories, forced into dog-fighting, bred in puppy mills, used for ritual sacrifice in satanic cults, used in other sadistic acts or even resold in pet stores!
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One extremely disturbing case for the Guardians of Rescue is that of Kenneth Chambers, an Iraq War Veteran, which had his PTSD companion stolen on August 22nd 2012, in Jacksonville, Florida. Although Chambers has offered a $5,000 reward for Adalida’s safe return, he is still waiting for her to come home.
The Veteran distributed fliers and reached out to local organizations in an attempt to locate his very special canine. He even developed a Facebook page entitled Bring Adalida Home. If you know anything, please contact Kenneth so that his healing can continue.
In order to avoid this issue yourself, Guardians of Rescue has five tips to help prevent your pet from being stolen:
1. Don’t leave your animals unattended or unleashed; reducing the likelihood for them to wander off and catch the attention of thieves. Do not tie your pet up in front of stores or leave them unattended in your automobile; is not visible from the street and padlocked in your yard when you are not present.
2. Make certain that your pet wears proper identification at all times; including collars, tags, microchips or even a small tattoo can be used to identify your pet.
3. Keep tags and pet licenses current so that your pet is able to be identified easier.
4. If you do not plan on breeding your dog, make certain that they are spayed or neutered as fixed animals are statistically less likely to stray away from home.
5. Keep a current photo of your pet available so if he or she does go missing that you can create fliers that include the photo and distribute them immediately.
If there happens to be a pet in your local area that you suspect has been lost or stolen, do not hesitate to contact your local police department immediately and report where you last viewed the animal. The sooner you contact the authorities, the better off the lost pet and their owner will fare out.
Microchips are a quick method of locating lost pets. For a small fee ranking between $25 and $50, pet owners can feel more secure when they need to track their pets. Microchips also allow for pets to be identified by animal control and any pet thieves; also charging owners who abuse and neglect their pets.
Dori Scofield, Vice President of Guardians of Rescue, affirms this by stating, “The problem of lost dogs can be greatly reduced if pet owners take precautions, such as implanting a microchip and keeping their tags updated.”
Guardians of Rescue is a 501 (c)(3) organization that provides assistance to animals that are out on the streets. They also help rescue those animals, providing them with medical care, food, shelter and sometimes foster placement.
Guardians of Rescue fully verified their data with the American Kennel Club. In order to keep statistics low, they have recently visited cities like Camden, New Jersey and Poospatuck Indian Reservation in New York in order to provide vaccines and free microchips to these impoverished areas. You can help them fulfill their goals, to learn more, to make a donation, visit their website: www.guardiansofrescue.org.
Prevent more pets from getting lost or stolen during these warmer outdoor seasons by following the tips included within and by supporting organizations like Guardians of Rescue. Let’s keep pets safe and secure in their own homes.