Amy's Purpose is an education program dedicated to coyote and predator awareness and the prevention of pet loss. Focusing on raising awareness and promoting safety information to help protect your beloved pets. We believe in taking action with urgency in order to raise public awareness about some of the most pressing issues facing pet safety. Please join us by supporting our efforts to make a measurable difference in the lives of your pets.
Understanding Pet Predators
Coyotes Are Not the Only Pet Predators You Need to Watch Out For!
NATURAL FOOD CHAIN PREDATORS
Coyotes and other natural predators are here to stay. They have inhabited just about every region in the United States from coast to coast. They are spotted roaming in the deserts, mountains, resort properties, Country Clubs, golf courses, parks, suburban neighborhoods, towns, and bustling big cities, as well as can easily sneak into high-fenced private backyards with ease. As we humans encroach upon their space more and more, the possibility of coyote and other natural predator encounters increases. It is up to us to take the necessary measures to safeguard our pets to avoid interactions and conflicts. Pet predators are not limited to only coyotes. In fact, about 7% of predator attacks on pets are by bobcats, 2.5% from owls, and .5% from others such as mountain lions, eagles, and hawks. Contrary to popular opinion, raccoons are responsible for less than .001% of pet deaths. Most studies on coyote diets found that domestic cats are not a regular part of a coyote diet. Feline remains were only present in 1-2% of coyote scats.
As a side note, there is another type of predator of pets – the human predator. Beware of unscrupulous individuals who will uncaringly steal your fur-baby. There are FIVE main reasons that pets are being dog-napped: resell is big business now; bait for illegal dogfights; breeding, ransom, and, yes, food source for certain cultures. Let’s concentrate on the first reason – resale. Dog thefts are on the increase across the nation. Case in point, the violent dog-napping of Lady Gaga’s dog in a high-profile neighborhood where crime is low. Her dog would have fetched a pretty penny on the market.
We, at Amy’s Purpose, will constantly issue the warning to never leave your pet unattended because of four legged predators, birds of prey and poisonous snakes. That warning has been extended to pet thieves just watching and waiting to abduct your precious fur babies. These creeps lie in wait stealing pets out of cars, out of yards, and out of your hands during a walk. Older and more vulnerable citizens are their favorite targets. They can run up from behind, push, and snatch. It is extremely important to make sure your pet is micro-chipped and details are up to date.
BE AWARE – NO FEAR – BE AWARE!