Lost & Found: How Social Media is Helping Reunite Lost Pets with Their Families

January 22, 2012 by Jillian at Tails in Lifestyle with 7 Comments

Lost DogWhen the family pet is lost, people are often left scrambling to get help—calling local rescues, animal shelters, neighbors and friends, putting up flyers, and going door-to-door. It can be exhausting and time-consuming. If a pet is microchipped it can certainly help make the search easier, but getting the word out initially can be a daunting task.

That is why rescue groups and animal health care professionals like Tennessee-based veterinary assistant Andrew Proffitt have been creating Facebook pages to reunite lost pets with their people parents. Lost and Found Pets of the Tri-Cities has been active for about six months now and has about 1100 fans.

“This is a centralized way to kind of cut down on the amount of time a person can spend exhausting energy and power in what can be an upsetting situation. This is part of the veterinary business that goes unseen—the amount of people who go for weeks and months searching for that pet that they love,” Proffitt said.

Who can forget the commercial about the little girl that lost her dog Sarah? Remember how everyone used their cell phones and social connections to reunite the little girl and her beloved Sarah? This is a perfect example of how our evolving technologies are helping speed up rescue time and reunite pets and families:

If you ever find a lost pet, make sure to contact your local rescue groups and animal shelters, as well as spreading the word on your social networks, like Facebook, Twitter, etc. The quicker the word gets out, the faster distraught families and lost pets can be together again.

Are pet lovers uniting in a unique way to find lost pets in your area? We’d love to hear about it! Post your stories in the comment section below!

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