One way to prepare before disaster strikes is to outfit your pet with the proper identification from the get-go. Tags are a great place to start, and the good news is, there are a number of inexpensive and even fashionable options for obtaining an engraved pet tag. Include your pet's name, along with one or two contact numbers (such as mobile and home, or mobile and vet), and perhaps your e-mail address on the tag.
Also consider implanting a microchip, one of the most reliable methods for recovering a lost or stray pet (according to the ASPCA). Though the procedure is often paired with spaying or neutering efforts when the animal is already under sedation, keep in mind that the actual procedure is not very invasive to begin with. Most vets liken it to a booster shot. The tiny chip is injected beneath your pet's skin and once implanted, will stay inside the animal for its entire life.
Each chip includes a registration identification number, as well as the phone number for the registry that originally assigned it. Once contacted, the registry can track down all associated owner contact information, so should your pet end up in a shelter, the data can be retrieved through the use of a handheld scanner. The process is painless for your pet, and nearly every shelter and vet has a scanner on site to use for such purposes.