My girlfriend and I had an incedent the other night, that threw me a little, so I thought I would share it.
We were walking my dog around 8:30 – 9:00 pm, when a woman across the road called to us and asked us if we had a mobile. This happened to be one of the few times I didn't have my mobile with me, but we walked across to talk with the woman. She'd found a beagle that was wandering around, and she then preceeded to unceremoniously dump the animal onto us because she was in a hurry.
Now my girlfriend and I are long time animal lovers (both of us have pets), so we were happy to sort the situation out. Unfortunately, while the dog had it's registeration tags, but no name tag, and no home phone number.
We managed to get a mobile, and made some phone calls to the local council and such, but of course being after hours, nobody was particularly helpful.
Thankfully, the owner of the dog ran into my girlfriend as I was holding this dog down the street, and they were both happily reunited.
However – if the dog had had a name tag with it's phone number on it, this could all have been easily avoided, and there would have been far less chance that someone would have ended up leaving the dog to be 'someone elses problem', when they are 'in a hurry'.
So please, put a name tag on your dog, and put a home phone number on it.