In today’s chaotic world the chances of being separated from your beloved pet are greater than ever. Be it natural disaster or a pet running off, the anxiety associated with the loss is awful.

According to the American Humane Association, only about seventeen percent of lost dogs and two percent of cats ever find their way back from shelters to their original owners. Almost 9.6 million pets are euthanized every year because their owners can’t be found.

Setting your pet up with identification is the best way of assuring that when you become separated you can be reunited.

There are four types of identification for dogs: microchips, GPS tracking, collar tags and tattooing. Each has its advantages and disadvantages, and no one method offers complete protection. Your best strategy is to use more than one method. Having a microchip implanted is by far one of the best forms of pet identification. But if a neighbor that doesn’t know your pet finds her; a collar tag will reunite you with your pet quicker and easier than the microchip ID will. When it comes to providing your pet with identification, more is better.