Tracking a Lost Pet Today
Tue, April 20, 2021

Tracking a Lost Pet Today

Missing pets can now be found in more means, like gps tracking / Photo Credit: Vitaliy Nazarenko via 123rf


Pets can get lost. Pets are wanderers. Despite being among the most loved ones in the household and being cared for like children, pets roam around freely and tend to escape the careful watch of their owners.

It’s easy to lose a pet, but difficult for us to find ways to retrieve them. Statistics on lost pets show that the number rises year after year. The American Humane Association estimates that each year, around 10 million cats and dogs are either lost or stolen. Moreover, According to the American Society for the Prevention of Crueltyto Animals (ASPCA), there are 86.4 million cats and 78.2 million dogs owned in the United States, and roughly 5 to 7 million of these owned pets end up in shelters. 

What We Can Learn About Statistics on Lost Pets

As shared by Trackimo, a manufacturer of smart GPS trackers, a survey conducted involving 1,015 household participants with pets within the past five years showed that around 14% to 15% of cats and dogs strayed at least once during that same period. From those that strayed, 7% of dogs and 25% of cats were never found again, and only 93% of dogs and 75% of cats were recovered. Moreover, 40% of dogs and 30% of cats recovered in this study were found within the neighborhood, 59% of them returned home on their own, and 41% returned because their owners looked for them. Of the pets that returned, 15% of dogs were returned thanks to ID tags and microchips, while ⅔ of cats did not wear any tags.

Oftentimes, after losing a pet, owners don’t visit shelters to see whether their fur babies have ended up there. The study found that from the 18 of 74 cats recovered, only four owners checked in the shelter.

Despite this oversight, more and more owners are finding new ways to recover their lost animals as a huge number remain lost--more cats lost compared to dogs.


Pets can get lost and they are born to be wanderers / Photo Credit: Aleksandrs Tihonovs via 123rf


Methods to Prevent Lost Pets and Features of GPS

Pets are part of the family, and we’re seeing their world follow in our footsteps as they become a little more high tech. With the advancement of technology, there are now new ways to find pets rather than searching manually from door to door or putting up flyers on every post.

A few years back, Bluetooth trackers were already among the biggest and most innovative inventions to find pets. However, this was limited to a certain range, usually 50 feet. Today, manufacturers have integrated the use of a Global Positioning Satellite or GPS to a pet tracking system to keep track a pet’s activity at all times on a live-tracking GPS map. This can feature geo-fencing, which is able to define a safe geographical region for your pet or animal and is able to set off an alarm should the pet stray or breach this area. 

Features of the GPS can even include monitoring the vital signs of the animals, a way to identify signs of illnesses or diagnose health issues before these become too late. GPS trackers today go above and beyond. More than just finding a lost pet, it can help keep out pets secure, healthy, and safe. It improves the chance of a healthier life for all animals and pets, attributed not only to being able to search for pets at any time, but also to the health settings or fitness tracking settings installed within the tracking system. 


Our pets is as precious as our loved ones, that's why owners shouldn't allow the risks of getting them lost / Photo Credit: lightfieldstudios via 123rf


Among pet trackers, the winner of the Consumer Technology Association's CES 2017 Best of Innovations included a GPS location tracking system using both wireless internet with GPS to pinpoint the area of an animal whether indoors or outdoors. This is also able to provide visuals of the animal’s activity via a mobile phone screen and good data connection, and even includes a feature that sends the owner a report of the animal. Moreover, GPS trackers today are able to provide two-way audio for the owner and the lost animal, to help communicate in rescue--possibly to nearby people in the area or to soothe the animals until the location is reached.

There are many available GPS trackers for animals, from the Garmin T5 GPS Collar to the Trackimo or the awarded Tobii Dynavox, to name a few available in-stores. There are many reasons to buy these GPS trackers, as keeping the quality of life of your pet is one of any pet owner's top responsibilities. These technologies have remarkable capabilities and come in a range of prices.

GPS was initially developed for military purposes and has been integrated into everyday items. To keep your animal safe and secure, find the best tracker suited to your budget and to the habits of your pet to protect them from theft, danger, or just getting lost.