Did you know that 10 million pets get lost every year in the United States and end up in shelters? It’s a scary thought but pets are lost every day, and, according to the National Council of Pet Population and the Humane Society, only one in ten lost pets are recovered by their owners. These are disappointing statistics. Most dogs and cats these days are microchipped as a course of protocol, but these devices can only be used if the pet is recovered and brought to a place where they will receive a microchip scan, like an animal shelter or vet clinic. There have also been issues with pet identification due to some places owning non-standard microchip reading equipment, resulting in incorrect scans.

Obviously, there are many ways to prevent your dog or cat (or livestock for that matter) from escaping the confines of your home with tie-in stakes, invisible fences, and more. Still, many intrepid dogs and cats don’t let those encumbrances stop them from exploring the world beyond your backyard. The best way to keep your little explorer from straying too far from home is with a GPS tracking device, now available for affordable prices at places like PetSmart and other pet supply stores.

Many of the new GPS tracking systems for pets are waterproof and attach to any size collar with a small device designed to not get in your pet’s way when they roam around your house. The GPS signal is broadcasted to your phone or computer so you can see exactly where they are at all times. You can also set many of these devices to alert you if your pet leaves a certain restricted area.

GPS tracking devices such as the Pod Tracker are not as expensive as you might think and they give you peace of mind whenever you leave your pet at home. You won’t have to resort to posting those sad, lost pet signs everywhere throughout your neighborhood to find your cat or dog that went out exploring.