Prevention before Panic

What can you to do keep your pet from becoming lost and improve their chances of coming home if they do? Animal Services has created some simple steps you can take to keep your pets safe.
Get your pet a personal ID tag to wear

Get your pet a personal ID tag to wear

Remember to keep information current on dog or cat ID tags!

WCRAS offers Personalized ID tags with a donation of $5 to the Injured Animal Fund.

For a low cost method of having contact information on your pet you can write your information on their collar with a sharpie.

Microchip your pet

Animal Services offers free, walk-in, microchipping for all Washoe County Residents 

Keep your information current with the microchip company and Animal Services

Is your pet microchipped but you no longer have the microchip information? Bring your pet in and we can scan the chip, register it in our system, and provide you with the microchip information you need.  

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Spay or neuter your pets


Spaying and neutering your pets has a many great benefits. Spaying or Neutering you pets can help your pets live longer happier lives. Studies show that spaying or neutering your pets can decrease sexual roaming in about 90% of cases.

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Ensure your dog's license is current


By keeping your license current with WCRAS, you are helping keep current contact information on file to reunite your pet!

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Pet-proof you home and yard

Pet-proof you home and yard


Check your fences and doors. Unsecured doors and fences can make it easy for a pet to get out of the yard or home and become lost. If there is a way to get out, many animals will find it!
Work on your pet's behavioral and emotional issues

Work on your pet's behavioral and emotional issues


Always take extra precautions with fireworks and thunderstorms, as these loud noises often frighten dogs and cats to the point of panic.

Provide plenty of enrichment for your pet with attention, exercise, puzzles and toys.

Provide training for your pet to keep them engaged and create positive behaviors

Introduce your pet to your neighbors!

Introduce your pet to your neighbors!


Many pets wander into a neighbor's yard if they if they get lost. Your neighbor can help get your pet back home if they know your pet.

Leash up

Leash up


Always keep your dogs on a leash with a well fitting collar when going for walks or car rides. Anything can get their attention, and cause them to dash into the street.
Have photos of your pet

Have photos of your pet


Having current photos of your pets readily available will allow you to search for your pet more effectively whether you are asking others if they have seen them, creating a lost pet report, or creating fliers to post around your neighborhood.