Look into the eyes of your dogs or cats; you love them. Can you imagine someone stealing them from you, selling them off for cruel animal testing, as bait for dog fights or 'sold' to a new owner? 

Each year, countless companion animals are stolen:

...from yards, cars, and public areas or fraudulently obtained through “free to good home” ads.  Many of these stolen pets are forced to breed in puppy mills, used as dogfight training bait or resold in a practice called “pet flipping.”

In the past, most stolen pets were sold for medical research by Class B dealers, but due to a new law effective in 2016, they will finally be out of business. LCA’s undercover investigations played an integral part in this success; go to for more info.

Follow the tips below to protect your own beloved companion animal. And please share this information. It just might save your dog or cat’s life.

Pet Theft DOs and DON’Ts


  • DO educate family, friends and neighbors about pet theft, especially each year on Feb. 14th – Valentine’s Day – Pet Theft Awareness Day.
  • DO keep your dog indoors, especially when you’re not home. Outdoor dogs should be kept safely behind a locked gate.
  • DO walk your dog on a leash.
  • DO keep cats strictly indoors. Indoor cats live safer, longer, healthier lives.
  • DO provide your pets with collars, I.D. tags, and licenses. Speak with your veterinarian about tattooing and microchipping.
  • DO report suspicious neighborhood activities and/or missing companion animals to the police and animal control.
  • DO keep recent photos of companion animals.
  • DO spay and neuter your companion animals. Fixed animals are less likely to stray.


  • DON’T leave companion animals unattended in your yard. It only takes a few seconds for thieves to take them.
  • DON’T tie your dog up outside of restaurants, coffee shops or stores, and never leave any animal unattended in a car.
  • DON’T allow your dog to be visible from the street.
  • DON’T use “free to good home” ads to place your companion animal. If you can no longer care for your pet, contact the local humane society or animal rescue for help.

It is hard to fathom the cruelty of humans toward animals, sadly it is out there all too much.

One moment of awareness, paying one little bit of extra attention will make the difference. 

Be aware; your pets and pets you don't even know will thank you.