Anchorage Animal Care and Control Partners with PetHub to Fight Lost Pet Prevention Month

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) – July east lost pet prevention monthand a company is changing the way pets get home safely.

According to Lorien Clemens, co-founder of PetHub, one in three pets will go extinct in their lifetime. PetHub has created a centralized database allowing pet parents to find their fur babies within 24 hours with a 96% success rate.

“It just allows pet parents to use data in really smart ways for all sorts of aspects of their furry kids’ lives,” Clemens said. “In this case, it’s about keeping their identification up to date, connecting them to a digital ID tag that can help them get home quickly.”

Clemens co-founded PetHub with husband Tom Arnold in 2010. The idea for an external ID tag came to Arnold while on a business trip. What was supposed to be a one-month trip quickly turned into three. During this time his cat disappeared and he realized how difficult it was to have all the information about his pet in one place and how difficult it was to access it.

“I literally was in an airport, at the gate, ready to board a plane to go to Chicago and I thought, oh wow, we have a new pet sitter, I have to add them to my pet’s profile,” Clemens said. “Then I immediately added them, launched the old pet sitter, and did it in 30 seconds. And now, if my pet goes missing while I’m on a business trip, the new name of the pet sitter is there on the list.

Generally, when a pet goes missing, it is sent to a shelter, where its microchip is scanned. However, some animal shelters charge for returning your pet, and if this happens multiple times, it could result in a ticket.

Microchips are a great safety net, but many pet owners often forget to update information. Clemens said 52% of pet flea information is out of date, but some individual shelters may have numbers as low as 10-17%.

“The average is about 10 days that a pet can stay in a shelter before going home, if they do come home,” Clemens said. “The statistics are pretty disheartening – that if a pet doesn’t have ID – if they actually come home, they’re actually kind of depressing.”

Anchorage Animal Care and Control is just one organization that has partnered with PetHub in the fight against lost pets. Their public education officer, Patricia Vannatter, said they can see hundreds of lost animals coming through their doors every week.

“So if your pet ever goes outside, anyone can scan the QR code that’s on the back of the pet license and they can get it back to you faster,” Vanatter said. “That way you can get around the shelter all together and get your pet back as quickly as possible.”

According to Vanatter, in Anchorage, pets over four months old are required to have ID. Over the past seven years, 40,000 pets have been found through PetHub.

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