Lost and Found Pets
That moment when you realize your dog or cat jumped the fence, got out the door, or broke free of the leash can be an extremely terrifying time for a pet owner. If you lose a pet please call Talbot Humane immediately with a description and location where lost. If you find a pet please call and report him even if you choose to hold onto the pet for a few hours in an attempt to find the owner. This will increase the chances on both ends of a happy ending. 410-822-0107 and send photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your pet goes missing, here are some tips and resources:
- When you realize your pet is missing you first should always call your local animal control and humane society. Often they were picked up by a Good Samaritan and brought directly to safety.
- If your pet it not currently at the shelter, ALWAYS do a lost pet report. This gives those agencies your contact information and description of your pet so if they do get a call you can be quickly reunited.
- Search your immediate neighborhood. If you pet likes other animals go to the homes with pets. If they like children, do the same. A scared pet often gravitates to their comfort zone.
- Use social media! People are connected 24/7 and with a photo and area last spotted your pet may be found!
- Cats usually only travel within a block or 2 of home. Ask neighbors to look in their sheds, under decks and in brush.
- Put out your pets favorite food , a blanket or shirt that smells like you or other pets in the home by the door they use to go in and out.
- Resources such as Dogs finding Dogs, Finding Toto, and Red Rover may provide other resources when your pet is no where to be found.
BEFORE you and your pet are in crisis, there are things you can do to help get them home in the event they become lost:
- Microchip AND keep the registration current. Be sure to change phone numbers and addresses as needed with the microchipping company. If your pet is not currently chipped, contact Talbot Humane today to schedule an appointment.
- Have ID on your dog’s collar. This includes both ID and license tags, AND writing your phone number on the inside of the collar in permanent marker.
- Have a current photo of your pet each year in the event you ever need to make a flyer.
PETCO’s LoveLost Program is reuniting animals and their people online. This free, centralized lost and found tool is a single database that uses patented facial recognition technology to make finding lost pets quicker and easier. It is used by many shelters in our community to display all lost and found pets. Having all lost and found pets posted in the same place means that distressed pet owners no longer need to check dozens of different sources every day.
Animal shelters are on board, but we need your help to spread the word about this software so that any time a pet is lost or found, we all turn to Petco Love Lost.
Here’s what you need to know:
- Petco Love Lost immediately pulls listings from shelter databases into a centralized place.
- Lost and found pets are both posted on there. Uploaded photos of a missing dog or cat are immediately scanned to determine whether the lost pet is at a participating shelter or with a neighbor in the community.
- Petco Love Lost is not just for shelters to use, but also for citizen-to-citizen matches.
- Petco Love Lost has a smartphone app and their website is mobile-friendly, allowing pet owners and finders to quickly report lost and found pets, even on the go. There is no faster method to alert both the community and all surrounding shelters.
- Petco Love Lost has award-winning pet facial recognition that makes matches, sending alerts of these matches to pet owners, finders and shelters.
You can register your pets in the database right now so that if they ever go missing, the software will automatically alert you of animals in shelters that look like your pet.
Petco Love Lost is a FREE national database sponsored by Petco Love, formerly known as the Petco Foundation, so that there is never any expense to pet owners, finders or shelters!
Next time you see a lost/found post either in a group, on a neighborhood page or on a friend’s private account, link them to Petco Love Lost– you could be the reason a pet and his owner are reunited!