The metro area’s population explosion hasn’t been limited to humans. Thousands of pets have come along with their families – some eager, many nervous about starting new lives in unfamiliar territory.

It’s a fact: Pets are less secure and so more apt to become a flight risk when their routines are interrupted, particularly when they are away from familiar surroundings.

If you are among the many pet lovers who have recently put down roots in our community, welcome! And if your cat or dog manages to leave home before you’ve had an opportunity to get her licensed or update her tag, here are some tips to help get her back safely.