Can't tell you how many dogs I've found that have a collar with no tag. I saw one this morning. The big beautiful girl was ambling down the street. Luckily her owner posted her on Craigslist, which was the website I jumped on first. She was also on Lost and Found Groups of the Midsouth on Facebook.
But a lot of people don't know about these sites. They look for signs for a lost dog or cat, coming soon to a blog entry near you.
I always look for an ID tag first. Look at these. (Photo)
Then there are the ones that have a microchip with no collar. Microchips are the best way to make sure your dog can always be connected back to you.
We've all seen those reunion videos of dog and owners reunited. Even if the dog or cat were missing for years or hundreds of miles away, that chip would be read somewhere down the road.
I don't have a chip reader. So, when I see a stray, the first thing I look for is a collar. The second is that dangling piece of metal that costs maybe $5. It's the easiest way for a stranger to help you find your pet.
If you know someone whose pet doesn't have an ID tag, then make one.
So, you do it for the pet, not for your friends, but for their pets.
Don't want to put a tag on your pet? What about on the collar?
By the way, there are thousands of sparkling clean dogs in the Memphis area. Whenever I find an owner or help them with a flier, the first question, "Is it wearing a collar?" Always, the answer: "I just gave he/she a bath and hadn't put it back on him/her yet. Uh huh. And I just had lunch with Sandra Bullock.
Just do it.