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Lost and Found Pets

<h2>Lost and Found Pets: Reunification of pets with their owners</h2>
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Dogs and cats are enormously popular as companion animals in the United States and are considered by many owners to be part of the family.&nbsp; A pet that strays from its home can be at serious risk for starvation, injury, or death. Given the strength of the human-animal bond and the emotional attachment that many owners have to their pets, having a pet stray from its home can be traumatic and distressing for the owner. <br />
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Little research has been done previously to understand how owners look for a lost pet, and what search methods are most effective for successful reunification.&nbsp; The purposes of these studies were to characterize the process by which owners search for lost pets, and identify factors associated with time to recovery.&nbsp; Results of these studies have been published in The Journal of the Veterinary Medical Association.
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Read the University <a href="http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/findpet.htm">Press Release</a> and/or the JAVMA <a href="http://www.avma.org/press/releases/070115_lost_pets.asp">Press Release</a>.
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<h3>JAVMA Study Results</h3>
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<li><strong>Lord, LK</strong>, Wittum, TE, Ferketich, AK, Funk, JA, Rajala-Schultz, P. <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&amp;cmd=Retrieve... and identification methods that owners use to find a lost dog</a>. <em>Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association</em>. 2007:230:211-216. </li>
<li><strong>Lord, LK</strong>, Wittum, TE, Ferketich, AK, Funk, JA, Rajala-Schultz, P. <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&amp;cmd=Retrieve... and identification methods that owners use to find a lost cat</a>. <em>Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association</em>. 2007:230:217-220. </li>
<li><strong>Lord, LK</strong>, Wittum, TE, Ferketich, AK, Funk, JA, Rajala-Schultz, P. <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17571985?ordinalpos=6&amp;itool=Entre... methods that people use to find owners of lost pets</a>. <em>Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association</em>. 2007 Jun 15;230(12):1835-40.</li>
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<h3>Plan for Happy Reunion Brochure</h3>
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This <a href="http://vet.osu.edu/assets/pdf/marketingComm/planForHappyOrderForm.pdf">b... <img alt="Adobe PDF File" class="icon" src="http://vet.osu.edu/assets/images/icons/pdf16x16.gif" /> offers helpful information for pet owners on the importance of pet identification to keep pets safe. In addition, there is a checklist for pet owners offering suggestions and actions if their pet becomes lost. It is designed for use in puppy and kitten packages, as well distribution during wellness examinations.
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