Last week a friend of mine lost her beloved puppy at a busy park. As the days passed, she and her family became more and more worried. She posted her concerns on facebook and was shocked at the response. Not only did over 500 people repost her missing dog alert, but a woman she never met before made a flyer, called her friend, gathered her son, and drove an hour to search for her dog. After five long days, their efforts paid off. “Emily” was found.
I did a little research and found that social media is not the only technology available to help reunite pet owners with their lost furry friends. Technology has given pet owners some amazing options to facilitate reunions. There are many strategies, organizations, and cool products to help reunite a lost pet with its owner. Here are a few:
Flealess Market’s Lost Pets International page (flealess.org/lostpets) lets owners post missing pet information on a state-by-state basis.
FidoFinder.com allows owners and finders of lost dogs to post the animals on a lost-dog database.
Twitter, Facebook and Craigslist can also help you get the word out. All are free.
pethub.com and getpetshome.com allow pet owners to register an animal and stores its vital information. If your lost dog is found, the finder can access its information by scanning its tag with a smartphone or by going online. A scan or a click lets the pet owner know Fido has been found. Basic packages are free; upgrades available.
RoamEO (pettronix.com/products.php) uses a handset to track your pooch
Garmin GTU 10 (buy.garmin.com)
Tagg Pet Tracker (pettracker.com) links to cellphone networks. Prices start at around $100, with additional charges for the cellphone systems. A good tutorial on dog-tracking collars is at mydogtrackingcollars.com.
Finding Rover is a facial recognition software that helps find lost dogs. You can download the app. (findingrover.com)
Don’t delay. If your pet disappears, the faster you act, the better your chance for a reunion. Need more information about dog finding technology, stop by Braxton’s Animal Works and ask the friendly staff.