Are you signed up for “PawBoost Alerts” in your area or something similar? If you don’t know what that is, it is Facebook alerts for when a pet has gone missing. It is a wonderful way to alert communities and get people involved in finding and returning an animal to their family.
I recently saw an alert for a little dog that was missing in my area and the note from the pet parent said the dog had been taken from their backyard. One of the comments was something like “OMG, you can’t even leave your pet outside anymore!” The sad reality is that it has been happening for a long time, we are probably just hearing about it more now with all of the online social media.
Sadly, when pets are taken, what that person has in mind is not always good. Sometimes it is for horrible reasons such as using them for dog-fighting or bait for dog-fighting. Sometimes it is just some bored teenagers who will torture them.
In response to the comment that was made on the Facebook alert, no, we can not leave our pets in our backyard without keeping an eye on them. They should always be in your view.
I know nobody wants to think about this kind of stuff, but it is happening. It is reality. We tend to think it “will never happen to us.” But can you guarantee that and do you want to take that gamble with your pet?
I encourage you to sign up for alerts in your area. You could one day reunite someone’s family member or save the life of an animal. Wouldn’t you want that?