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Lost dogs are easier to find

india Updated: Jan 17, 2007 13:46 IST

When it comes to recovering lost pets, a new research has found that worried owners are more likely to be reunited with their pet, if it happens to be a dog rather than a cat.

Researchers Linda Lord from Ohio State University, along with Thomas Wittum and Päivi Rajala-Schultz, both in the department of veterinary preventive medicine at Ohio State; Amy Ferketich, division of epidemiology, School of Public Health at Ohio State; and Julie Funk, with National Food Safety and Toxicology Center in East Lansing, Michigan, conducted two studies on missing pets, and found that dogs are more easily recovered than pet cats.

They state that this is not only due to the fact that under Ohio law, dogs are required to be licensed, but, people also have the notion that missing cats will generally find their way home.

Lord and her colleagues conducted a four-month study which they limited to Dayton, Ohio, and the surrounding county. They collected information on lost cats and dogs by scanning classified advertisements and contacting the county dog warden and two area humane societies.

They also interviewed owners of lost pets. The team found that two out of three (66 per cent) of the lost cats came home on their own while only 8 per cent of lost dogs returned home on their own.

The researchers also noted that more than a third of the recovered dogs were found by a call or visit to an animal shelter. More than one in four dogs was found because the animal wore a dog license or identification tag at the time of its disappearance.