Unfortunately, not all pet loss stories have happy endings, but there have been many pets that have been reunited with their owners even after being missing for more than a year. In one remarkable case, a woman ended up readopting a cat she had lost many years previously, after finding him at the SPCA where she was looking to adopt a new cat. In another happy tale, a pet traveled through 1,000 miles of the Australian outback to be reunited with his owners.
Between 1.5 and 2 million pets are stolen every year, and only 10% are returned to their owners.
Preventing Pet Theft
Cats and dogs are stolen for a variety of reasons. If they are lucky, it’s simply a case of someone who sees a cute animal and wants to keep it as a pet, but there are many worse fates that stolen pets may suffer, including:
- Being sold to research laboratories or pet stores
- Being subjected to sadistic acts by psychopathic individuals
- Becoming bait or fighters for dog-fighting rings
- Being used as puppy mill breeders
- Being sold as meat to feed exotic pets or humans
- Having their fur made into clothing and accessories