Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Thank You 2014!




Missouri Lost & Found Paws started as a simple dream for me in 2011.  I wanted to see lost and found animals back where they belong, HOME.  My sister and I have always picked up lost animals.  We couldn’t bear to see them running around loose, and in the potential of harm’s way.  Sometimes, we would find animals and then locate the owner only to find out that the pet was not lost, but rather allowed to roam.  In fact, on Christmas Day this year, I tried to rescue a lost dog from its yard!  It happens *smile*.

In my experience of using social media since the late 2000s, I was stunned by how many animals were in shelters, animal control facilities and in rescue.  I was overwhelmed by the continuous posts that populated my news feed on Facebook.  In 2010 and 2011, I helped a couple of families search for their lost pets.  In some cases, we had a happy reunion.  In one particular case, it was as if the owner’s dog had vanished.  We fully suspect someone found the dog and kept him.  As 2011 continued, I began to think, it is so hard for an owner to search for their pet.  There must be an easier way.  The effort to search anywhere and everywhere by one person, or one family is an overwhelming task.  I saw various different lost and found efforts popping up across Facebook.  I searched to see what we had in Missouri and found we had very few options for help.  So I thought to myself, what if thru social media, we could develop a community of strangers to help one another thru one simple love, a love for animals?  After all, if one of my fur babies were to be lost, I would hope someone would help by getting them off the street and out of harm’s way.

And so, St Louis, Missouri Lost & Found Paws was born.  We have grown at a healthy pace! It is thru this community that we can and HAVE reunited many, many pets!  We now cover the expanded Rolla region.  We will be exploring ways to integrate St Francois County and Jefferson County.  If you are interested in helping Tina Roe, Skydoe Elfrink and I with the daily postings, please contact me for more information on roles/responsibilities in this area.

As you may have noticed, 2014 has been an exciting year for Missouri Lost & Found Paws!  We have been growing at a steady pace throughout this year, which I personally feel is a healthy rate of growth.  Some of our growth factors include:
  • Addition of new moderators on the St Louis, Missouri Lost & Found Paws Facebook group
  • Addition of the new Facebook fan page, Missouri Lost & Found Paws
  • Tracking each pet shared with our organization thru the albums on the Facebook fan page, Missouri Lost & Found Paws
  • Set up and maintenance of a website for Missouri Lost & Found Paws
  • Formalized tips shared through social media
  • Developing and maintaining a positive environment for supporters of:
       o  St Louis, Missouri Lost & Found Paws
       o   Rolla, Missouri Lost & Found Paws
       o   Missouri Lost & Found Paws
  • Sharing posts to Twitter community
  • Gaining community support through many other avenues such as NextDoor, neighborhood Facebook groups
  • Strengthened relationships and networking with local shelters and volunteers at shelters
  • Set up of non-profit status
  • Set up of mailbox to collection donations
  • Introduction and maintenance of a database to track pets shared with Missouri Lost & Found Paws
  • Introduction of Teddy's Wing program for deceased pets who were shared with us as lost pets to assist owners with deceased pet pickup and cremation costs
  • Hosted a booth at the Rolla Strut Your Mutt event
  • Featured on a podcast for The Groomer Next Door
  • A celebration gathering for supporters and volunteers for Missouri Lost & Found Paws to meet and network with one another
  • Donations collection to help other organizations
  • Sharing posts to Pinterest community
  • Hosted a booth at the St Louis Pet Expo to bring awareness
  • Recognition for Facebook moderators by local families whose pets have been reunited thanks to their support
  • Addition of volunteers to support the following initiatives:
  • Developing a database of area veterinary clinics, groomers, pet food stores, pet sitting services, etc.

o   Volunteers to assist with fundraising activities
o   Volunteers to perform data entry of pets shared with Missouri Lost & Found Paws (in progress)
o   Volunteer to assist with posting RIP and Sightings to Craigslist (in progress)

The accomplishments above could not have been possible without the support and collaboration of all of our supporters at Missouri Lost & Found Paws.  Thank you for your contributions, your dedication and your commitment to helping animals in our community.

Missouri Lost & Found Paws has been driven to achieve following goals through the use of social media and other online tools: 
  • Assisting individuals with lost and found pets through education and collaboration
  • Developing a community of strangers who are willing to help one another and their furry companions 
  • Bringing awareness to our communities of lost and found pets

The vision for Missouri Lost & Found Paws has evolved and will continue to evolve.  As I hope that you have come to know me, my dedication remains to reuniting lost and found pets.  Today, the effort that an owner must go through to find their lost pet is an involved process.  As technology continues to grow, the list of steps that an owner must incorporate in their search will continue to evolve.  

As a result, we at Missouri Lost & Found Paws must continue to evolve.  I am constantly planning for the future, and setting up infrastructure and processes to support our continued growth.  Things that we did yesterday might not work in the future to sustain our continued growth.  As a result, we will continue our evolution of change in processes, change in how we track the pets, change in how we communicate with our community of supporters, and so much more.  

This organization is just blessed all around.  We have an amazing team of volunteers who continuously dedicate their personal time to this effort.  To the moderators of our Facebook presence, please accept my most sincere thanks and gratitude for all you do.  I am so proud to work with you.  To the shelter employees and volunteers who have worked with our organization thru the years, thank you for your support.  We are so grateful to have the opportunity to have a positive working relationship that is focused on getting these lost and found animals back home.  And to our supporters, what can I possibly say?  You guys continuously share our postings, you go out of your way to help owners and finders of lost animals with knowledge of how to help them, and you spend your time matching lost and found pets.  I believe an organization is as valuable as its people.  When you put a group of people together, each with his or her own unique strengths, the momentum that builds is unstoppable.  We are pulling together as a community to help the fur babies.  WE ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE!

Today, Missouri is sadly known as a leader in one of the states with the most puppy mills.  My hope is to change that perception of Missouri.  I believe strongly that we can achieve a status across America as the leading state that has developed a strong community dedicated to reuniting lost and found pets.  We *will* achieve this through many means which may include partnerships with shelters, partnerships with rescue groups, partnerships with national and local businesses, partnerships with national and local non-profits, etc.  Help us make Missouri known nation-wide as the state that is dedicated to reuniting lost and found pets.  Wouldn’t that be just awesome?

I am so proud of the collaboration of this entire group and its supporting members.  You guys rock!  Wishing you, your loved ones, and all of your pets who may not just have paws, but hooves, wings and more, a very prosperous and safe 2015.  Bring it on 2015!  Let’s make 2015 another incredible year for the animals in our communities!

Thank you for making my dream a reality.

Kind Regards,
Shuma Chaudhuri



Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Lost & Found Pet Pages on Facebook - Updates Needed



Did you know that we have a list of Facebook pages and Facebook groups dedicated to lost and found pets?  The list has been compiled manually and provides a breakdown by state.  It also provides a list of resources that provide national coverage.

The purpose of this resource is to help owners and those who have found pets to get the word out about the pet.  There are many, many groups of volunteers dedicated to helping lost and found pets return home.  If you follow a Facebook group or Facebook page for lost and found pets, please see if it is in our list.  If it is not, please email us at  the URL so that we can add it to our list of resources.


Thursday, December 25, 2014

Season's Greetings

From all of us at Missouri Lost & Found Paws, we wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season.  Let us rejoice for all the animals and their families who were reunited in 2014.  Let us hope for peace for the fur babies who remain missing and for their loved ones who have heavy hearts this holiday season.  

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The most valuable gift you can give this holiday season is a microchip.




Please read this true story from a local rescue group, Dent County Animal Welfare Society (DCAWS) this week! It is a holiday miracle!



FIVE years as a stray on the street - shot, hit by cars, abused by the neighborhood kids, heartworm positive. Returned because of a microchip.

From the DCAWS Facebook page:

"The Story of Lucky (now Bennett) and our Christmas miracle

Lucky was lost to us 5 years ago, was a stray on the streets the whole time and today we got the phone call from a vet's office in Crystal City that a stray that had been brought in that was chipped to us. They told us that he had been frequenting Highway 21 in that area and had spent a lot of time in the area of the gas station. People up and down Highway 21 had been feeding him for many years and trying to catch him. Some told of him getting hit by cars, some told of him being shot at, others told of neighborhood kids being mean to him. But no one could ever catch him and many had tried. Yesterday he followed an owned dog in their yard and seemed to have surrendered to the catch. They said he slept all night on the couch without moving and the guy took him to their vet this morning.
We fetched him back up to our vet and he will be sleeping in soft beds the rest of his life.
He is so very scared but very very sweet. He just seemed worn out.
He has a growth that will come off on Monday but the vets don't think its cancer at all and there aren't any signs of other growths other than the one.
He is heartworm positive but his heart is normal size and he doesn't to have the side effects of a heavy infestation so he should do fine with treatment.
And his back right leg seems to have an issue that they will investigate further on Monday.
The bullets are positioned in a place that the vets don't think they need intervention.
He's missing some teeth.

DCAWS has a foster mom that just happened to have an opening and its a quiet home with well-behaved loving compassionate children that will teach him indoor life again. He already seems housebroken. He already knows he LIKES being inside. (We tried to take him out to potty and after he did his business he was pulling us back to the door.)

A HUGE shoutout for the angels along Highway 21.

I renamed him Bennett after the place that where I know he was hanging.

It really does feel like we have a miracle. I would wish a wonderful homecoming for all during this season!"






This holiday season, please consider giving the gift of a microchip! Many of your local area shelters as well as rescue groups have low cost microchips available. Give your friend or family member a gift that cannot be of higher value - the safety of knowing that if their pet is lost, a microchip can secure their passage home!

Happy Holidays from Missouri Lost & Found Paws!

Monday, December 8, 2014

After 57 days of being lost in South St Louis, Sophie is home!

It all began on October 1st, 2014.  Sophie, an all white 16 year old Maltese dog, vanished from her fenced in backyard.  Her owner, Emily, was puzzled.  Sophie had never gotten out of the yard before.  Sophie had never come up missing before.  Sophie was quite a well behaved little girl who was used to going out to potty in her yard and coming back to the door to be let in.  But for some reason, on October 1st, things were different.

Emily let Sophie out to potty as she would any other time.  Emily went to let Sophie back in minutes later (how many minutes would you say it had been?).  Sophie was no where to be found. Emily called for Sophie, thinking maybe she's sniffing around.  After all, she is a senior doggie.  Nothing.  Sophie did not return to the door.  Emily walked around the yard looking, and looking.  No signs of Sophie.

Emily began walking the neighborhood to look for Sophie.  As the minutes passed, the anxiety arose.  On October 2nd, Emily made the following post on St Louis, Missouri Lost & Found Paws.  She submitting her post at 12:50 pm.

Starting at 1:16 pm, supporters of Missouri Lost & Found Paws for the St Louis region began offering tips and encouragement for Emily and her search of Sophie.  



Emily stayed engaged in the conversation, and responded to supporters and their inquiries.  Emily shared her thoughts on Sophie's disappearance.


The admins for the St Louis, Missouri Lost & Found Paws group posted Sophie to our Lost Dogs album later on the evening of October 2nd.

As days went by, Emily continued hanging flyers in a broadened area of where Sophie went missing from her backyard.  In the meanwhile, supporters of Missouri Lost & Found Paws shared links to dogs found in local area shelters.  Emily followed up on each lead and was able to confirm that none of the dogs were her Sophie.


Emily continued receiving leads on dogs at local area shelters resembling Sophie.  Emily followed up on each lead and was able to confirm that none of the new dogs were her Sophie.

Just after the Thanksgiving holiday, a supporter posted that she had heard Emily had received a Thanksgiving miracle!


The excitement began to rise!

Emily shared her holiday miracle!  Sophie was indeed home!

FIFTY-SEVEN days later, little 16 year old Sophie was back home in the loving arms of her momma!  Welcome home, Sophie.  Welcome home!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Safety Tips For Your Pets During The Thanksgiving Holiday!




As we prepare to enjoy the holiday fixins, Missouri Lost & Found Paws wants to share some safety tips for you, your family, friends and furry friends! YOU can make a difference by helping to educate others by sharing the tips below. ONE person CAN save ONE life. It is tried and true! Social media has been an incredibly positive influence for animals. YOU *CAN* HELP.

The holidays bring a lot of social activity within the homefront. We as pet owners should be especially aware of not only food related dangers, but also the dangers of a pet becoming lost.

Preventative Tips


If you haven't seen our post on Preventative Tips, please take a moment to read them today.  Here are some additional thoughts to reiterate prevention of pet loss.


  • Make sure your pet has a collar with ID tags on. Check to make sure the ID tags have not faded nor worn in such a way that they will fall off. 
  • If your pet is microchipped, make a quick call to the microchip company to check the following: a) Does the pet registration show that the pet is owned by you? b) Is your contact information up to date? If not, please make the changes needed. Yes, you will have to pay a fee to update the info. The fee will be a nominal charge should you ever be faced with the scenario that your pet is lost. 
  • If your pet is not microchipped, consider getting them microchipped. There are many wonderful programs throughout the country for lost cost microchips. Time is of the essence; please do not delay this decision. We cannot tell you how many times we have communicated with owners who wish their pet had been microchipped before becoming lost. Don't delay taking action on this! 
  • It is best to take your pets out on a leash (non-retractable). A fence will not necessarily keep your pet safe from harm if fear perseveres. We have seen postings of dogs that have dug underneath the fence. The non-typical jumping dog has jumped the fence to get away. 
  • Just like people, personalities change as our pets become older. Hearing changes. Sight changes. Sensitivity to alarming sounds increase. Don't take chances with older pets. Keep them safe inside. Create a safe, quiet environment for them away from the hustle and bustle of people coming and going, active children, etc. Treat them with the same care you would for an elderly human. Keep an eye on them when they are outdoors. 
  • If you are having a party, create a safe environment in the house for pets, perhaps a back bedroom or bathroom. You can also put a sign on the door asking guests to remain out of the room. Turn the music on to help drown out the sounds. 
Please lend a kind hand to any animal you see wandering. Call animal control if you do not feel comfortable to approach the animal. But, please be an advocate for the fur babies. They need our help. Just because an animal seems weary or skittish does not mean they have been abused. They may simply be frightened. You can also post on Missouri Lost & Found Paws, and we will gladly provide tips for helping a found pet get home.

If you or someone you know does have a missing pet, please visit www.missingpetpartnership.org. They have great educational tips on how to find lost animals (we are not affiliated with this organization, however we are supporters and advocates of the information they share). Getting lost and found animals home takes a village. It takes a community working together.

Food Tips


Here are some tips from the ASPCA to keep your pet safe this Thanksgiving season!

Thank you for helping to spread the word of Pet Safety this holiday season! Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Missouri Lost & Found Paws, Rolla, Missouri Lost & Found Paws, St Louis, Missouri Lost & Found Paws, Lost/Found Animals in Jefferson County, Missouri and Lost Paws St. Francois County, Missouri Area. 





Friday, November 21, 2014

5 Tips for Pet Owners In Case of More Unrest in St. Louis, Ferguson



This is a great article that provides reminders for preventative measures to take into consideration due to the unrest in our St Louis community.  Please take a moment to not only read these tips but act upon these from The Riverfront Times.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author atLindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Winter 2014 - DIY Weatherproofed Sign Reminder



Winter has arrived in Missouri early this year.  If you are missing a pet, or have found a pet and are trying to search for the owner, please read thru our DIY tips for making weatherproofed signs.  Check out your local Walmart or Office Depot/ OfficeMax for supplies.  


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Baby, it's cold outside! Help a wandering pet!





If you see a wandering pet, please help!  Secure the pet (note, not in a fenced in backyard as the pet could escape).  Call your local animal control.  Animal Control will be a far safer  place for the pet than outdoors freezing to death.

Pay it forward!  Or, should we say Paws Forward!  Wouldn't you want someone to help your pet if it was lost?  We estimate over 2,000 lost and found pets per month in the Missouri Lost & Found Paws regions.  Let's help these guys get home, or at least safe from the winter elements!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Feral Cat Shelter For The Winter



Do you have a neighborhood cat?  Is it difficult to tell if he has a home or if he is a feral cat living in the neighborhood?  Have you considered that the cat could be someone's lost pet?  

Help keep neighborhood kitties warm this winter by making an outdoor shelter.  Thanks to one of our supporters, she shared this great video of how to make a shelter out of basic materials.  This shelter will keep your neighborhood kitty protected from the cold winter conditions.  

Share this video with others.  After all, the "neighborhood" cat could be someone's lost cat.  In the meantime, share info on the cat thru social media to make sure it doesn't belong to someone.  Use our tips for lost pets to help spread the word about the found cat.  The same tips work :)

Recommendations on location for the shelter include keeping the opening away from the direction of the wind.  If possible, allow the opening to face sunlight.  You may have to weigh the shelter down to keep it fro blowing away during windy days.




Thursday, November 13, 2014

Found A Wandering Dog?


Do not leave the dog unattended in the backyard. Here's why.

So, you have found a wandering dog.  You feel it is a lost dog, but you’re in a rush to get to your next appointment.  Or, perhaps you can’t keep the pet at your home due to your personal pets who don’t welcome newcomers of the furry kind :)

  • Please take a moment to reconsider leaving the dog in your backyard.  Even though your property may be fenced, the dog could be a jumper and escape the confined area.
  • Call your local animal control.  They will be able to come and retrieve the dog.  If you’re in a rush, check with a neighbor or friend to see if they can secure the dog on a leash until animal control arrives.
  • Have a local veterinarian in the area?  Drop the dog off with them.  Most clinics will gladly help lost animals.  If they do not have the means to keep the dog overnight, they will contact animal control to pick up the dog.

Animals fare a good chance of being reunited if taken to the closest shelter to where the pet was found.  The average owner will check their local shelter for their lost pet.



Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Check Shelters & Animal Control Facilities In Person



  • Due to overcrowded shelters, it is not possible for shelter workers to keep up with details of all animals in its care.

  • Please do not rely on verbal descriptions of pets to determine whether your lost loved one is in the shelter or animal control facility.  One person may describe a dog as a lab mix.  Another might refer to the same dog as a pitbull.   

  • Lost pets do not travel by sidewalk or roads.  They take shortcuts. As a result, they can end up in a neighboring community, which could have a different animal control or shelter associated with it.  Check all shelters within your metropolitan community.

  • Be sure to check the stray hold area of shelters and animal control facilities AS WELL AS the adoption floor. 


  • Leave a flyer of your lost pet with the facility.

Remember!

Not all of us are abandoned.
Not all of us are neglected.
Not all of us are abused.
Many of us are lost.
And we need YOUR help to get home.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Mike Rowe's PSA On Collars



A public service announcement from Mr. Mike Rowe.  You may know him from the show Dirty Jobs.  He has a new show on CNN now called Somebody's Gotta Do It.

Mr. Rowe posted a video today, November 7, 2014.  He had a scary experience today with his dog Freddy, whose collar unbuckled when he saw some intriguing roadkill while on a walk.

Mr. Rowe's message is a wise one.  Check the quality of your pet's collar.  This is a simple example of how a pet can become spooked or intrigued and the collar comes undone.  



Share with friends and fellow animal lovers.  Quality collars/harnesses and leashes can be the start of ensuring safety for your beloved pet.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Missouri Lost & Found Paws is looking for Data Entry Volunteers!


Missouri Lost & Found Paws is a non-profit organization that uses social media to reunite lost and found pets.  As we are growing, so are the opportunities for us to expand our area of coverage.  We are making a difference in our community on a daily basis.  We have grown steadily over the past three years.

We are in need of additional volunteers to help us expand our effort.  Do you know any college students who would like to volunteer to help make a difference for animals? We are in need of volunteers to help us with data entry for the animals who are shared with us. 

Volunteer work is always a good experience to add to one's resume.  We will gladly provide a letter of reference for their portfolio once they establish a professional history of volunteer time with us. Please send a copy of your resume to molostfoundpaws@gmail.com.  We will contact you to discuss further and set up an interview.

Thank you,
Missouri Lost & Found Paws

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Not All Of Us.


Help us share this message with family, friends and fellow pet lovers.

Not all of us are abandoned.
Not all of us are neglected.
Not all of us are abused.
Many of us are lost.
And we need YOUR help to get home.

Contact molostfoundpaws@gmail.com if you need help to get a lost or found pet HOME.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Looking For Your Lost Pet? Check Area Shelters & Animal Control Facilities!



Missouri Lost & Found Paws is a non-profit organization focused on reuniting lost and found pets.

Click here to see a list of Missouri facilities.  We are continuing to add to this list.

Is Your Pet Missing? Check out our Sightings!


Missouri Lost & Found Paws is a non-profit organization focused on reuniting lost and found pets.

Our supporters share information with us of wandering, lost animals that they have seen in the area. Please be sure to check out our Sightings album to see if your missing pet may be listed!

Winter is Coming! Feral Cat Shelter Build Event for St Louis!

Volunteers and/or donated new/used supplies needed for this event on Saturday. Our winter is projected to be very cold, and these shelters will save lives.  St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach appreciates all donations and help! (and please share!)






Monday, October 6, 2014

Shelters Are Not The Enemy.



I would like to take a moment and share some thoughts about our shelters.  Our shelters are NOT the enemy.

As I have mentioned since the inception of St Louis, Missouri Lost & Found Paws, we are here to get lost and found animals back home with their families. We have developed a fantastic network of community members, shelter volunteers, shelter employees and rescuers. All of these individuals put together is an amazing group of eyes that can and should work together to get pets home.

Our area shelters are not a bad place. Euthanizing an animal is not anyone's joy. It is not the highlight of a shelter worker's day. But they are faced with this unrelenting task. Animals keep flowing thru the doors of shelters. In order to take animals in, one has to have space. In order to have space, animals need to reclaimed by owners, adopted or rescued. I think our group is doing a PHENOMENAL job making the connections with shelter pets. Our group includes our shelter friends and connections.


I would like to ask you all to take a moment and go to our Found Dogs - Unclaimed, Found Cats - Unclaimed and Other Found Animals albums. These albums list animal after animal after animal that have not been reunited with an owner. And we know that our album does not fully represent the population of found animals. There are many more sitting at area shelters that we don't have on our group. That is a LOT of unclaimed animals!

Our problem is not the shelters. Our problems include animal owners not knowing what to do when their family member gets lost. Our problems include animal owners not knowing to search all shelters. Our problems include animal owners abandoning their pets. Our problems include pet owners who know their found pet is sitting at the shelter, but they don't want them back home.

We CAN fix some of these problems thru education. That is what we want to do at Missouri Lost & Found Paws. We want to help owners understand the importance of keeping microchip contact info up to date. We want to help educate on the tips for getting a lost pet home.

We can't solve the world's problems but we sure as heck can impact how many lost animals we get back home. We need our supporters to help make that impact.

As many of you know, Missouri is known as one of the largest puppy mill states. Wouldn't it be awesome if we could create reputation as one of the states that kicks butt in getting lost and found animals home?

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Groomer Next Door Podcast features Missouri Lost & Found Paws !



In attending the Strut Your Mutt 2014 event in Rolla on 9/20/2014, we met the producers of the podcast, The Groomer Next Door.  Chris & Sarah Green record podcasts to cover many different topics to help animal owners and animal lovers.  We got a chance to chat with them at the event, and learn more about their interests.


As you can imagine, we were tickled pink when we heard that they would like to do a feature podcast about Missouri Lost & Found Paws!  YAY!!


Listen to Missouri Lost & Found Paws on Episode 46, around 38 min mark to learn more about our efforts.  We are so proud to have had the opportunity to be interviewed!


Click here to listen to The Groomer Next Door Episode 47 podcast featuring Missouri Lost & Found Paws!  Tune in at around 32 mins to hear about us as well as around the 44 min mark :)  Chris and Sarah have told us they will have another feature about the efforts of Missouri Lost & Found Paws.  

Monday, September 22, 2014

Thursday, September 18, 2014

My Pet Is Lost In Metro Rolla - What Do I Do?

Share your flyer with Facebook groups focused on helping lost pets.  We suggest that  copy the text of your flyer into your post so that the text can be searched upon.

Share, share, share your flyer using every social media vehicle you have to your name! Ask friends and family to share on their pages/accounts. The power of social media does prevail!

Post to Rolla.net.  They have a Community Classifieds section with a section for Lost & Found.  Be sure to include your phone number in your posting.  That will be the quickest way for someone to contact you about your lost pet.  Be sure to keep your ad up to date even if your pet hasn't been found right away.  Don't lose hope.  

The biggest lead to getting your lost pet home is for people to call with what we call Sightings. When you get a call from someone who says they have seen your pet (aka Sighting), ask for the exact location as well as time of day.  Use Google Maps to keep track of your Sightings.

Send a copy of your flyer to local Rolla area shelters and rescue groups. Check the shelters in person as much as possible.  Due to the overwhelming population of animals in shelters, it is not possible for shelter workers to keep up to date with each animal in their facility.

Post to the different Buy/Sell/Trade groups on Facebook for your municipality/township.

You can also find other groups and organizations focused on lost pets in the state of Missouri by visiting Lost & Found Pet Pages on Facebook on our site.

Be sure to visit our My Pet Is Lost - What Do I Do? post for general tips to find your lost pet.

Friday, September 12, 2014

My Pet Is Lost! What Should I Do?

Missouri Lost & Found Paws is a non-profit organization that is focused on helping lost and found animals get home.  We understand how painful the experience is when a family member is missing.  Our efforts are focused on using social media to get the word out about lost pets.  We started three years ago, but just recently became a non-profit organization.  We are so blessed to have developed the following we have on Facebook.  Our Twitter presence is slowly growing.

Our mission is simple.  We want to get lost and found pets home!

We believe in coming together as a community to help one another.  Searching for a lost pet is not easy.  It takes time. It takes patience.  Trying to search alone is tough and presents challenges.  The search process is also emotionally and physically taxing.  We truly get it.  Many of our supporters have been in your shoes.  We do understand how it feels to be so worried about the safety of a missing family member.  We have many supporters who are also animal lovers, and are concerned for lost pets.  We also have supporters who are shelter employees and shelter volunteers.  Through the use of social media, we have been able to get many lost pets home.  We have over 4,300 followers now.  And we continue to grow each day.  

We seek nothing in return.  We just want to help our community.  We have helped dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, turtles, chickens, domesticated birds, and even pigs.  Yes, really.  We strongly believe that for every animal that we can help reunite, that is one less pet in a shelter who could face the ticking timer of euthanasia.  We believe that together, as a community, we can truly change the outcome of animals in our community.  Together, we CAN make a difference.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

How to Trap a Lost Cat

Click here to watch a video on how to use a humane trap to catch a lost cat.

Is Your Pet’s Microchip Registered?



Having your pet microchipped is the first step to help ensure that your pet can be reunited with you if lost. However, did you know that you have to register your pet’s microchip?




If you are unsure as to whether the microchip is registered:
  • Call your vet. Ask them for your pet’s microchip number and manufacturer. If they do not have it, have your pet scanned for a microchip at your veterinary clinic.
  • Call the manufacturer and provide the microchip number to verify the contact information on file. If they respond that the chip is unregistered, take a moment to complete the registration!. There is a fee, but in the grand scheme of things should your pet become lost, it is a nominal cost.
  • Not sure if your pet's microchip is registered?  Try searching for the number on AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup.  If it is not registered, be sure to contact the manufacturer of your pet's microchip and register your contact information.  It only takes one time for your pet to be lost for you to reap the benefit of the  registration for the microchip.  You won't regret it.
  • Register the microchip for free with the Found Animals Microchip Registry service.  How does this service work?  Found Animals Microchip Registry is a free, non profit service dedicated to reuniting lost pets with their family.  1.  Pet Registered - Pet owners register their pets in the Found Animals Microchip Registry.  2.  Pet Gets Lost - Microchip number is searched in the Found Animals Microchip Registry.  3. Owner Alerted - Found Pet Alert is started. Pet owner receives phone calls, emails, and text messages.  4.  Pet Goes Home - Lost pet and pet owner are reunited.

It is imperative that you always keep the contact information up to date. If you move, call or go online for your manufacturer of the microchip to update the contact information.  August 15th is the annual Check The Chip Day.  Put it on your calendar as a recurring event so you don't forget this reminder to check to make sure your microchip information is up to date for each pet you own.