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.


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