Identified, an animal lost has a 40% chance of being found

I-CAD, the national identification file for domestic carnivores, in partnership with the TNS / Sofres institute, has just drawn up a state of play on the identification of dogs and cats in France in September 2016. Here are the key elements

The first observation that emerges in this study is simple: while a quarter of the respondents have already lost their dog or cat, 81% of the identified lost animals have been found. As for unidentified animals, only 59% were found. Conclusion: dogs and cats are 40% more likely to be found if they are identified.

Yet, although identification is mandatory in France, it is clear that this is not enough to convince all pet owners. Too many do not have their animals identified, especially cats: 46% of them (less than half) are identified ( except for the Paris region where 75% of cats are identified)! Dogs, they are far better since 88% are (mostly by chip)

Identification is too expensive?

So how to explain this gap? The origin of the animal must first be taken into account: the dogs and cats that were bought or adopted are mostly identified , whereas for both species, the individuals that were donated ( mostly by the entourage) are not.

Is it necessary to conclude that the masters who did not spend money in the adoption of their animal are more careless than the others (the gift of a dog or a cat by a relative is usually free, unlike buying or adopting in association that require a financial transaction)? This may be the case, according to the figures in the study: the price of the act is considered too expensive for 22% of dog owners and 17% of owners of unidentified cats. By the way, half of the unidentified dogs and cats are not vaccinated and have not been to the vet recently.

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However, the cost of act is not the major obstacle to identification. The first reason why some animals are not identified is that their masters do not consider this indispensable: indeed, the primary motivation of the owners having had their animal identified is being able to find it in case of loss or fugue . On the other hand, those who do not identify it emphasize that it is because it never leaves their home. "Identification is the best way to tell an animal that 'likes ', "said Rémi Gellé, veterinarian and President of I-Cad. It's a way of saying to him:" you are part of my family. ""

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