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?