If you have a pet in your family, you probably have one of the same fears as I do – that one day your pup (or cat) will go missing. For your pet’s safety and for your peace of mind, it is SO important to have your pet tagged.
According to the ASPCA, approximately 5-7 million companion pets enter animal shelters nationwide EVERY year. Of that number, less than 2% of cats and less than 20% of dogs are returned to their owners (some organizations even estimate that number to be 1% of cats and 12% of dogs). So let’s think about that number… out of 7 million pets, less than 1.5 million return home. Absolutely. Heartbreaking.
To help keep your pet safe and your mind at ease, the first two items in our Pawesome Prize Pack Giveaway focus on tagging and IDing your pet!
In today’s day and age, you would think it’s easier to have your pet ID’ed. Did you know that only 3-5% of pets are micro-chipped? Of that number, less than 50% have up-to-date information! With technology how it is, it should be easier to keep your info current. Introduce PetHub. The smart people over at PetHub created a complete solution for protecting an animal from the moment it becomes lost: PetHub’s SmartLink™ Tags display an animal’s critical information when its QR code is scanned with an iPhone, Android, or other internet enabled device. What’s a QR code you ask? It’s short for Quick Response – meaning, you scan it using an application on your smart phone or tablet, and voila! The information from the QR code is displayed on your screen. Quite brilliant actually. Check out this awesome video explaining how the whole PetHub process works.
If you’re like me – there’s a good chance you have multiple collars for your dog. One for adventures (hiking, camping, etc.), one for every day use, and one for special occasions – and if I were being completely honest, I would tell you that I don’t have a tag on every collar. Again, enter PetHub. For our Prize Pack, they are giving one lucky winner 5 (count them people, 5) SmartLink Tags for each of your collars! They are also throwing in a 1-year Silver-level membership* to PetHub, which includes:
- PetHub Alert system – alert shelters within a given zip code that your pet has gone missing
- Email notifications for when your pet’s ID tag is scanned by smartphone (iPhone, Android, Blackberry, etc.)
- Data storage of your pet’s information (medication, vaccination records, dietary needs, emergency contacts, sitters, etc.)
- 500+ articles on the care, feeding, and raising of your animal
Now that you have tags for your pet, you need a collar! The second item in our Pawesome Prize Pack comes from Cycle Dog. In the past, we’ve told you how much we love their collars, but we just can’t get enough of them!
We particularly love products that keep Mother Nature in mind – as you know it’s also one of our main goals to make eco-friendly products. When we saw Cycle Dog’s collars and leashes at our local pet boutique – we were in love. With a goal to create green (and amazing) products that raise awareness to the millions of bike tubes thrown into landfills every year, how could you not love them!? To top it off, not only do Cycle Dog products look great, some of the collars also have a Pup Top® Bottle Opener Leash Attachment. Yes, you read that right folks, a bottle opener leash attachment! My dog gets to look great, the planet has a few less bike tubes in it AND I can open my bottle of root beer (yep, that’s my drink of choice). To make sure that your dog has a collar for his/her new tags, Cycle Dog has kindly offered one of their red Latch-Lock collars for our Pawesome Prize Pack winner!
The Latch-lock collars feature Cycle Dog’s patent pending airline seatbelt style buckle. Strength tested at over 500lbs, it is the thinnest, lightest, and strongest quick release metal buckle available. Paired with the Pup Top™ bottle opener, it is the ultimate collar for Human’s Best Friend! For dog's best friend, Cycle Dog also makes belts and apparel for humans! So cool!
Stay tuned for Part 2, we'll be featuring the remaining items in our Pawesome Prize pack! And remember, you can enter to win all of the awesome prizes this Friday!