1 out of every three pets are lost at some point in their lives but less than 2% of lost cats and only between 15 and 20% of lost dogs manage to return with their families.
Merida, Yucatan, October 23, 2018.- To lose your pet is a very distressing situation, and it also contributes to the serious problem of stray dogs and cats in our country. Mexico is the number one country in all of Latin America with an alarming number of street dogs and cats.
The Mexican Insitute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), indicated that the rate of street dogs grows alarmingly at a rate of 20% per year, it is estimated that of the 28 million dogs that exist in Mexico, only 30% have an owner. The main causes are loss, abandonment and scarce culture of sterilization.
Unfortunately, most lost pets do not return home because they do not have any type of identification or locator, and thy remain at drift until they die for different reasons. The average life of a dog that roams the streets and public roads alone is only 15 days.
Stray dogs are a problem that also affects public health, in Mexico City, for example, it is estimated that one million 200 thousand dogs live in the streets and daily produce about 700 tons of feces, which represent more of 100 diseases that directly affect the population, according to data published by the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).
According to the Ministry of Health of Yucatan (SSY), more than 50,000 dogs and cats that roam the streets of Mérida and the rest of the municipalities in the State. Annually, two thousand dogs die in the streets of Mérida, which is equivalent to an average of five dogs killed every day on public roads.
If the pet survives, its only hope is to be rescued by a shelter, control center or association.
But the picture is not the very encouraging, being fortunate enough to be chosen and adopted by a family is very unlikely, most of the animals in dog pounds, must be sacrificed for lack of space and money to support them.
“We all know someone who lost his/her most beloved pet; unfortunately that could happen to anyone. We firmly believe that the culture in Mérida is changing and there are more and more responsible owners”, says Fernando Gutierrez, manager of Follow My Dog. “For them, there are devices that will help them to monitor the activity of their dog or cat.” Gutierrez added.
The functionalities of gadgets for geolocation of pets are very different, products such as Follow My Dog are very easy to use and allow to know the location in real time of our dogs and cats, keep a record of the control of vaccines and deworming, establish safe areas for our animals and many more functions.
TYT Newsroom with information of www.followmydog.com.mx/