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Social Media Lost Pet Sites May Help When Disaster Strikes

by LifeLearn in Tips and Safety on 24 May, 2013

Pet owners across the U.S. and Canada now have another place to search for lost pets following a natural disaster or other event.

Social Media for Lost Pets SmallLocal Facebook pages are quickly being set up to help reunite lost pets with their owners.

Usually if your pet becomes lost, you call the local animal rescue shelter, the local fire department or police station, and of course, your local veterinarian. Most of these animal-friendly locations can scan your pet for a microchip and call you… or contact you based on your pet’s ID tag.

But what if your pet isn’t microchipped, the ID tag has gone missing, and you’re simply not sure of your pet’s whereabouts?

You can certainly contact the above locations and describe your pet. You can also post photos and a description around the neighborhood and on your own social pages, and also use an online pet-finder service that blasts an alert to hundreds of neighbors and shelters at once.

You can also turn to social media lost-pet communities.

This Facebook page has been set up for animals lost during the recent Moore, Oklahoma tornados, and it already has over 13,000 likes. We’re seeing postings about lost pets, found pets, pets still trapped in the rubble, and thankfully, reunited pets. It’s an amazing community of people trying to help each other.

No matter which method you choose to find a lost pet, we encourage you to talk with your veterinarian about microchipping and other pet ID strategies NOW so you have a better chance if an event should separate your pet from your family.



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  • Written by: LifeLearn / MyPetED.com
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