Protectapet loss from theft or straying cover.

if our pet goes missing we all want to find it as quickly as possible. Finding out if our pet is just lost, has strayed off somewhere, or has been stolen will guide us as to the next steps to take. Some pets, particularly cats will stray away from home, often for long periods of time before returning.  With dogs, its more likely to be an accident or injury or theft that keeps them from returning home if they have strayed.

Whatever the reason it is always stressful and worrisome that our beloved pet is missing. At Protectapet we understand the need to find your pet quickly and all of our  Pet Healthcare Plans include a section for an advertising campaign or a reward scheme to get your pet back to you as soon as possible. 

Lost and stolen pets - what to look for in your pet insurance.

Cover for lost, stolen or strayed pets may not always be covered as standard in your policy. 


Do I need to insure My pet from Loss or Straying?

Most people take precautionary measures every day to protect what they value most.  We lock our cars and homes when we leave them. We even outfit our homes with alarm systems, cameras, and doorbells that allow us to see who comes to our homes When we are out.  We secure our children in car seats for safe travel and wear seatbelts when in a vehicle. 

So why should protecting our furry family members be any less important?  Many people don’t realise how widespread pet theft is and that it can happen anywhere and in any neighbourhood.

Dog theft is unfortunately on the increase, with recent research in the UK putting the numbers as high as 60 dogs being stolen each week according to data taken from local police authorities. With over 50% of households being pet owners, it could affect you and your family.

It is estimated nearly 2 million pets are stolen each year, according to Pet FBI, a non-profit organisation that helps to recover lost pets.  Only 10 percent of stolen pets ever make it back to their homes.

A new criminal offence for pet abduction is set to be introduced under government plans to crack down on pet theft following a reported rise in pets being stolen during the pandemic. The new law will recognise the welfare of animals and that pets are valued as more than property.

Why are pets stolen?

The following are some of the most common reasons pets are stolen:

  • Purebred dogs can be easily sold for thousands of dollars.
  • Doberman Pinschers and American Pit Bull Terriers might be taken to use as “bait dogs” to train fighting dogs.
  • Some pets are sold to research laboratories.
  • Thieves can make quick money selling pets to puppy mills for breeding.
  • Some pets are stolen and sold in pet stores.
  • Some thieves steal pets and wait for a monetary reward to be offered so they can return the pet and collect the money.

Pet awareness day

Pet Awareness day!

Nobody wants to think about their pet straying or being Stolen, however knowledge and preparation can be your best defence against potential criminals.


What to do if your Pet is Stolen

If the unthinkable happens and your pet strays, or is stolen the below actions should be taken as soon as possible…..

  • Contact your local police and animal control officer

Request that they list your dog in the “stolen article” category on the FBI’s National Crime Information Centre

  • Post fliers with recent photos of your pet
  • Speak to people in your neighbourhood and ask if they have noticed unusual people or activity
  • Share recent pictures of your pet with your local newspaper and ask that they please share the information
  • Contact your Pet Insurance company


How to keep your pets safe

Microchip your pet

First and most importantly is to have you pet microchipped. Not only is this crucial to the safe return of your beloved pet but it also provides proof of ownership of your Pet. Most Pet Insurance and healthplan providers will not cover your pet for Loss or straying if they have not been microchipped.

Studies show that Dogs that are microchipped were returned to their original owners more than 52.2% of the time, in contract to less than 21.9% of pets without microchips who return home.

Cats without microchips were reunited with their owners only 1.8% of the time, whereas microchipped cats went back home 38.5% of the time.

For microchipped animals that weren’t returned to their owners, most of the time it was due to incorrect owner information (or no owner information) in the microchip registry database – so don’t forget to register and keep your information updated.

Do not leave your dog tied up in Public

Never leave our dog unattended, or tied up in public places. It only takes a minute for a thief to strike.

Secure your property and Garden

Make sure that your garden fence is securely locked, It is just one deterrent to a would be dog thief.

Do not leave your pet alone in the car

It only takes a determined dog thief moments to smash your car window and snatch your beloved pet.

Vary your walks

Do not walk your dog the same time and same route ach day if possible, this will lessen the chances of a potential thief learning your schedule!

Spray and Neuter your pets

To stop or reduce the chance of your pet wandering, Spraying and Neutering could help keep your pet close to home.


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