The ASPCA has also done research on disaster preparedness for animals. They asked animal lovers about times when their pets did get lost. Most said it happened in a way they would never have expected, like a fire or a broken door.
When your pet gets out, start looking immediately - knock on your neighbors' doors and put posters up. Often, your pet could be close by.
We like to think our own beloved pet will be one of those who miraculously returns. But counting on the extraordinary to occur - that your dog or cat will be able to navigate back home without encountering something very dangerous, like a busy road - just isn't worth the risk.