3. Avoid leaving your pup unattended outside of a store or even in your own front yard, if it's accessible to passersby. If there isn't a good place for your dog while you run errands, leave him at home.
4. Microchip your dog. This kind of high-tech homing device goes way beyond just a collar and tag. According to the ASPCA, microchipping can be the difference between temporary and permanent separation from a beloved pup. And the ASPCA urges microchipping pet owners to make sure the chip always links to up-to-date contact information.
5. Spay or neuter your pet so that dognappers can't breed her and make money by selling your pup's puppies. Desirable dog breeds who aren't fixed can end up as breeding machines, according to the ASPCA, producing litter after litter.
6. Keep a current photo of your pet on file, the ASPCA told The Dodo. This can help to identify distinguishable markings and features in case the pup gets misplaced.
It can be a scary world out there. Be safe, everyone.