By Steve Gruber, Director of Communications, Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals
Planning a summer vacation? Don’t forget to make plans for your pets, too.
First, make sure your pets are microchipped. Whether you plan to take them with you, or leave them behind in the care of a friend or boarding facility, make sure your dog or cat has proper identification, including a permanent microchip. That’s the best way to ensure that your pet can be returned to you if he or she becomes lost.
You can ask your vet to microchip you pets; just remember that you’ll need to register the chips with the microchipping company. Or have your dog or cat chipped at a Mayor’s Alliance low-cost microchipping clinic, and we’ll handle the registration for you. Visit AnimalAllianceNYC.org for a schedule of upcoming clinics.
Once your pet has been microchipped, be sure your contact information is up-to-date. Check online or call the microchip company to verify or update your information.
Licensing your dog provides another form of identification that can be used to reunite you with your lost dog. (New York City law requires that you license your dog.) It’s easy: complete an application online at DogTagsNYC.org or call 311 and ask for a dog license application by mail.
Don’t forget to pack (or provide to your pet sitter) an ample supply of required medications, copies of vaccination and vet records, and important phone numbers.
And it’s a good idea to have a backup plan in case your pet sitter becomes unavailable while you’re away.