Pet Owner Resources

Owning a pet is a rewarding experience but does come with challenges. Below is a working list of resources on various topics to help pet owners become better informed and make good decisions for their family and pets.

Lost and Found Pets

Contact the Office of Animal Welfare, which provides tips on finding your lost pet, allows you to post a lost pet report and offers a site listing found animals.

Microchipping Your Pet

One in 3 pets will become lost. Without proper identification, 90 percent won’t find their way home.

Microchipping is a quick, non-surgical process that involves injecting a sterile microchip-about the size of a rice grain-between a pet’s shoulder blades.

Each microchip has a unique code that, once registered online, becomes part of a national database. When an animal is found and brought to a shelter or veterinarian and scanned for a microchip, if the pet is microchipped, the special number is read and checked against the national database. If the chip is registered, the owner’s information will be displayed and they can be contacted directly.

Each year, more than 10 million pets are lost and more than half are not wearing collars or ID tags by the time they reach a shelter. Collar and tags can break or become unreadable and tattooing can become illegible. So, if you want to improve your pet’s chances of getting home fast and safe in case it goes missing, microchipping is your best option.

The Delaware SPCA offers microchipping services using 24PetWatch® Pet Protection Services as permanent identification for pet-owner reunification.

Vaccinating Your Pet

It is very important to discuss with your veterinarian a vaccination protocol that’s right for your pet. Factors that should be examined include age, medical history, environment, travel habits and lifestyle.

Most vets highly recommend administering core vaccines to healthy dogs and cats. The State of Delaware requires that all cats and dogs 6 months and older be vaccinated for rabies.

You can also have your pet vaccinated at the Delaware SPCA’s Wellness Clinic or bi-monthly Vaccine Clinic.

Rehoming a Pet

If you or someone you know is considering turning their pet in to a shelter, or you have found a stray, click here for a list of local rescues and shelters that may be able to help.