More people in the U.S. own a pet such as a cat or dog than in any other country in the world.
Americans are crazy about their pets. More people own pets than handguns and that is a lot of pets.
According to the 2011/2012 national pet owners survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association, there are approximately 78.2 million "owned" dogs in the United States and 86.4 million "owned" cats.
Twenty eight percent of dog owners have two dogs and fifty two percent of cat owners own more than one cat.
Dog owners spend an average of $248 a year on veterinary visits while cat owners spend slightly less than $219 a year. There are many more disowned dogs and cats.
Add in an estimated $400-$500 a year in food for the pets and the sizeable veterinary investment coupled with other expenses and that comes close to $1000 a year.
That doesn't begin to count the amount of money that people spend on boarding, grooming, training and other expenses.
With that amount of money spent on a pet, maybe then you can see why pet safety is such a huge issue.
The real reason that people become so attached to their pets is because they've become part of the family.
They provide companionship especially to elderly people. As the saying goes, dogs are often considered man's best friend. People will do anything for their pets.
But when it comes to pet safety they get a little careless. Some people let their dogs and cats run around loose and that's when accidents happen.
The exact number of dogs and cats that get killed at night by automobiles is unknown but it is reported to be in the millions every year.
Not only that, both Pet Cats, and Pet Dogs, can wreak havoc upon native wildlife when left outside to roam beyond the limits of your yard!!!
One of the best ways that you can prevent a tragedy like that and keep your pet safe at night is with a Pet Safety Light that can be seen from a half a mile away at night. It clips to a collar, leash or harness and runs on three lithium cell batteries. Pet safety lights are waterproof and weatherproof so can be used in any type of weather conditions. They can be used on children too as a safety tool.
You could also try placing a small bell on the collar of your cat, or dog, as another option. This way, unsuspecting wildlife, or prey, gets a heads up and a sporting chance of survival but you can also here them in the dark if they happen to get out!!! So you get to find them a lot quicker to prevent a road accident or something else untoward.
Or better yet........Ensure they are tied up securely at night or locked inside with you!
Plus, don't let them get bored........ Try some Pet Treats for them to chew on or play with which will keep their focus on staying within their own yard. And NOT trying to get out!!!
Don't let your pet become a statistic. If you love your pet, take some precautions with it at night and keep it safe.