Sunday, December 13, 2015

Holiday Travel Safety Tips

Please help us keep pets safe this holiday season by sharing our tips with friends and family.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

2nd Annual Awareness Campaign - 4th of July Safety for Pets!

*****Share To Help Educate Pet Owners, Pet Lovers and Others !******

Statistically, 4th of July will be the busiest week at shelters. Thousands of animals will be brought in due to the fireworks. As new animals come in, especially an influx like this, many animals will have to be euthanized in order to make space. 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.

Tips for 4th of July Safety

  • 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.
  • 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 from the frightening sounds of fireworks. In St Louis, we shared a posting this week of a dog who bulldozed his way thru the fence because he was so scared. 
  • Your pet may have been fine with fireworks last year. However, just like people, personalities change as they get older. Hearing changes. Sight changes. Sensitivity to alarming sounds increase. 
  • Don't take chances with older pets. Keep them safe inside. 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.
  • Be aware of how your pet is reacting to the sounds this year. If they look nervous, it is safest to keep them safe indoors.

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.

If you or someone you know does have a missing pet, please visit 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.

Thank you for helping to spread the word of Pet Safety this holiday season! Happy 4th of July from all of us at Missouri Lost & Found Paws, Rolla, Missouri Lost & Found Paws, Reynolds, Shannon & Carter Counties, MO Lost & Found Paws, St. Francois & Iron Counties, MO Lost & Found Paws and St Louis, Missouri Lost & Found Paws.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Lost A Pet In The St Louis Region?

Do you know about  Per their website:

"Our Goals are simple:
  • Benefit the animals by providing mechanisms for them to be adopted if they are available or found if they are lost.
  • Benefit the public by empowering them to adopt a new animal companion, find a lost pet, or re-unite an owner with a lost pet that they have found.
  • Benefit the animal shelters by connecting the public with the shelter and the animals contained therein.
Dedication: This website is dedicated to those people who work in animal shelters. Our society has given to them a difficult and often heartbreaking task. It is a daily struggle that is largely unseen by the general public, and no pats on the back are given -- rarely do they ever hear a simple 'Thank you'. Yet day in and day out they meet their challenge with compassion, dignity, and humanity. From we who notice, Thank You.

On these pages you will find dogs and cats, puppies and kittens, sheep and horses, parakeets and hamsters. They come from your local animal shelter, SPCA, Humane Society, county or city Animal Control, and many private animal-welfare organizations.

Most of them need homes. 'Nuff said.Visit DAILY!

Keep your selection criteria flexible as pets could be mismarked by breed, color, gender etc."

The list of shelters below are on Please note, other shelters must be monitored separately. You can find a complete list of shelters for the St Louis and Rolla metropolitan areas here.

  • Animal Protective Association of Missouri: St Louis, MO
  • Humane Society of Missouri - Chesterfield Valley: Chesterfield, MO
  • Humane Society of Missouri - Longmeadow: Union, MO
  • Humane Society of Missouri - Maryland Heights: Maryland Heights, MO
  • Humane Society of Missouri - St Louis City: St. Louis, MO
  • St. Charles County Humane Services: St Peters, MO
  • St Clair County Animal Services: Belleville, IL
  • St Louis County Animal Care & Control: Olivette, MO

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Found a Pet ? Found the Owner? Ask for Proof of Ownership!

You’ve found a pet. You receive a call from someone, and after some discussion, you believe it’s a match. Have you heard about pet flipping? Here is how *YOU* can ensure that you return the pet to its rightful owner.

  • Ask for proof of ownership. 
  • Ask for a photo. 
  • Ask for veterinary records. 
  • Ask the owner to describe the collar/harness. 
  • Ask the owner to describe unique markings on the pet’s body. 

For Craigslist ads:

If you want to include a picture of the pet, post the picture in black or white, or post a close up of the dog’s face only.

Always, always ask for proof of ownership from the person claiming to be the owner.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Found A Wandering Dog? Do not leave the dog unattended in the backyard.

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.

We must work together as a community. Savings lives IS within our reach! Help us help them!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Disaster Preparedness For Pets During Tornado Season

Source: The Humane Society of The United States

Your FAMILY disaster plan should include the furry members too!

1. Bring pets inside!

2. Create a pet emergency supply kit that includes food & water for at least five days, medications for at least five days, medication records, microchip registration paperwork (or at bare minimum, microchip manufacturer, manufacturer phone #, and microchip ID number for each pet), cat litter and litter box, sturdy leash, harness and pet carriers/kennels/crates, Thundershirts, clear & current photo of each pet, and a list of any behavior issues that may exist. You may also want to keep paper towels and regular towels on hand.

3. Make sure each pet is wearing a collar with ID tags that are not faded. Ensure your pet's ID tags have the most current contact information listed.

4. Make sure the contact information is up to date on your pet's microchip registration! Contact the microchip company prior to impending bad weather.

5. Do not leave your pets behind if you have to evacuate. Take them with you! Remember Hurricane Katrina. If you have had to change locations for safety needs, be sure to remember:

a) Don't let your pets roam loose. They have just had to endure anxiety and change of location. Your pet's familiar scents may be no more; it will be easy for your pet to become disoriented.

b) Keep pets safe in carriers or on a leash at all times. They could be a flight risk due to anxiety.

c) Be patient with your pets after a disaster. Keep calm and give them time to adjust. Try to return to their normal schedule as soon as you can.

Set up your kennels ahead of time in your safe zone where you and your family go during tornado watches.  Try to stay calm to help your children and pets remain calm.  Keep blankets on hand to keep everyone shielded from any debris that may come.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Check Shelters 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. 

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.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Have You Posted a Lost or Found Pet On Craigslist?

Did you list your email address as your contact information? If so, check the email that you have associated with your ad FREQUENTLY! You may receive email responses - don’t miss the opportunity to follow - up!

Did you choose to keep your email address anonymous? No problem! Be sure to CHECK your email FREQUENTLY so you don’t miss a lead on the pet!

We have millions of animals being euthanized annually across the United States. Many of these animals may have accidentally escaped the safe environment called home. Don’t let them become a statistic if “no one responded” to your ad. After all, maybe they did respond and you forgot to check email...

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Found A Wandering Dog?

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. After all, the pet is in unfamiliar territory with unfamiliar scents, sounds and people.  They can become frightened and even frantic.  Escape could be on their critical path to "safety" in their mind.

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 or in a crate/kennel 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 the local 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, not a shelter outside of their city limits.

We must work together as a community. Savings lives IS within our reach! Help us help them!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Have an invisible fence?

When is the last time you replaced the batteries on your dog’s collars for the invisible fence?  Did you know that the general recommendation by manufacturers is to replace the batteries every 3 months?

Things That Affect Battery Life

The expected life of invisible fence batteries can vary based on a number of factors:
  • How often your dog challenges the boundary wire affects battery life.
  • Consistently cold weather can dramatically reduce a battery’s life.
  • If moisture has been allowed to enter the battery compartment, the battery will fail.
It only takes one moment while the battery is dead for your beloved pet to escape!

What Should You Do?

Add a reminder on your smartphone to change the batteries every 3 months!

Monday, March 30, 2015

When's The Last Time You Checked Your Pet's ID Tags?

Please read & SHARE with fellow animal lovers (i.e. friends, family, colleagues, etc).  Print off and hang at your veterinary clinic or groomer's shop (with permission)!  We Must Work Together As A Community!

Are the tags still on your pet's collar? Are the tags attached securely?
Is the text readable on the tags?  Has the text faded?
Do the tags on your pet's collar include your current contact info?

It is important to check your pet's ID tags.  After all, if the tags aren't attached, readable or current, it will be difficult to get your lost pet home!

Saving lives IS within our reach! HELP US HELP THEM!

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.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

"An open letter to those who have found lost pets"

The following was posted on Lost Dogs Illinois by one of their followers.  The points written are so incredibly valid when it comes to lost and found pets.  Please share this with friends to help bring awareness and to educate Good Samaritans who lend a hand to found pets across the country.

Sharing.  Very well written.

"An open letter to those who have found lost pets
Many of you that find pets are quick to try to reunite them with their owners. You go to great lengths to make sure they get back home safely. For you I have endless respect and gratitude. You have no idea how much your thoughtfulness means to these pet owners, until your pet is missing.
This letter is to those that find a pet and decide NOT to try find the pet's family. Put yourself in the family's place. How would you feel? Their 4 legged family member is missing. They look for them everywhere. While looking and not finding their pet, they look at the leash, bed, bowls, and toys, a constant reminder that their family member is missing. They have no idea if their pet is living with someone or has been hit by a car, or even worse. There is a loss that can not be filled. All the tears shed will not bring their four legged baby back.
Think of the pain families have as they search for their pet every day on the streets, on line and in shelters with no answers. The sleepless nights. Every bark or meow they chase down hoping it is their baby, only to find it isn't.
The dog or cat you found may be sweet, purebred or young. But they aren't your pet. The pet isn't legally yours to keep, give away or sell. If you know who the owner is that is looking for the pet you decide to keep, that's even worse and is actually illegal as animals are lawfully considered "property". That pet you decide to keep or sell is now considered stolen property.
Perhaps you found a pet in terrible condition, appears neglected or possibly abused? Your first thought is the owner shouldn't get their pet back. You judge or punish the owner without knowing the circumstances. Maybe that pet has been lost for a long time, far from home, perhaps was stolen and mistreated and what did they go through just to survive while trying to find their way home? What do you think the owner has been going through for months not knowing what has happened to their pet?
Please search your heart and look for the owner. You can post on Facebook on any Lost & Found Pet page. If you don't want to post on Facebook send the owner a private message. You can have animal control come pick up the pet as a stray if you can't contact the owner.
Everyone that has lost a pet wants one thing, their pet back, it doesn't matter who returns them.
If you have a pet you found and are keeping it, please think about the family that pet belongs to and how you would feel if it were your pet someone was keeping.
Please please give pets back to the people who love them"

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Check Your Fence For Erosion!

Do you have a fence? When is the last time you did a perimeter check?

Check your fence for erosion !

As the years go by, erosion will create gaps along the bottom of your fence. Curious dogs will begin digging when they may not have done so in the past.  

Check the posts and slats on your fence - replace any rotted or damaged sections.

Check your gates to ensure the latch works appropriately.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Rainbow Bridge Postings on Craigslist

We on the Missouri Lost & Found Paws team were very touched and humbled to read the following Craigslist posting this evening.  

"re: Missouri Lost & Found Paws. Missouri Lost & Found Paws 

I wanted to thank the kind people who have had to do the unpleasant task of reporting deceased pets. I hope it brings closure to anyone who has lost a pet. You Volunteers are the "Good Guys" who perform this action out of kindness to the community and pet owners. Thank you again. I know it is a heartbreaking deed you do."

Friday, March 6, 2015

Deceased Animal Pick-Up For The St Louis Region

Have you seen a deceased animal along the road?  Please consider reporting the animal to the local organizations specializing in pick ups.  The animal could be someone's beloved lost pet.  Click to learn more about  deceased animal pick-up.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Have a Lost Pet? Contact Your Microchip Company!

Is your pet lost?  Is your pet microchipped?  Call your microchip company right away, I mean, right away!  They will put out an alert to their customers about your lost pet.  This also provides an opportunity for you to make sure your pet's microchip is registered AND that the microchip company has your current contact information on file.

Friday, January 23, 2015

NextDoor, The Private Social Network For Neighborhoods

Thanks to one of our admins, Tina Roe, for passing on the following information!

For our newest followers, if you have not heard of Nextdoor or the NextDoor app, it is a great venue to post lost and found pets.  Join Nextdoor, the private social network for neighborhoods, and start connecting with your neighbors.!VH3GSL.  It is FREE.  

To learn more about NextDoor, click here.  To join NextDoor, click here.  

Can't find your neighborhood listed?  Don't fret!  In order to establish a neighborhood, you must have at least 10 verified neighbors.   

NextDoor has been highly effective for Missouri Lost & Found Paws members as a tool to get lost and found animals home.  If you have a lost pet, please read our tips for getting your lost pet home.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Missouri Lost & Found Paws & AllStar Fence

Earlier this week, Missouri Lost & Found Paws posted about a new partnership with a local fence company named AllStar Fence.  We are so excited about this opportunity to work with AllStar Fence.  This collaboration will help many pet owners exercise prevention to keep their pets safe in our community.

As you know, many times, pets get lost from their yards due to holes in the fence, unsecured boards which have loosened over time and gates that don't latch properly.  We also know that sometimes, the owners of these lost pets may be struggling to fix the fence due to financial struggles, elderly owners and other extenuating circumstances.

We are so pleased to say that Allstar Fence is interested in helping us help these owners.  Allstar Fence's owner is an animal lover and he stated the following to us through our conversation "We love animals and hate reading about lost pets."

SO!  If you know someone who needs assistance with a fence repair, please refer them to Allstar Fence and tell them that we, Missouri Lost & Found Paws, sent them.  You can follow Allstar Fence on Facebook by going to their fan page and clicking Like.  Please thank this kind gentleman for helping us help our community to exercise preventative measures for keeping pets safe in 2015!

Missouri Lost & Found Paws was tickled pink to receive the following message on January 18th, just after starting this partnership.  

Here are some pics of her babies:

We would like to thank AllStar Fence for helping our fan to keep her doggies safe!  Like this post?  Go to AllStar Fence's Facebook page and thank them for their dedication to their community.

If you or someone you know receives help from AllStar Fence thru this new partnership, please let us know so we can share the amazing news with our Facebook community. As you all have come to know, we at Missouri Lost & Found Paws feel we can make a significant impact in our community to help lost and found pets by working TOGETHER.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Elizabethtown, Kentucky Meets St Louis, Missouri! A Poodle Is On Her Way Home!

Update 1/24/2015 sc

We received the following update from the finder, Michael Perks.

Update 1/21/2015 sc

Update 1/19/2015 sc
Per finders: We're still in the process of verifying some things to make sure she's going back to the right place and going to be safe. Kathy has been a great help!

This poodle was found in St Louis and posted on the St Louis, Missouri Lost & Found Paws group on January 17, 2015.  Thanks to a rabies tag, the finder was able to trace the owner to Elizabethtown, Kentucky, approximately 285 miles away!  You read that right! KENTUCKY!

Per her finder, Michael Perks:
"thanks for the all the support & advice gang... think i've found the owner in elizabethtown kentucky which matches her rabies tag... the akc contacted them and they contacted me... collar color matches their info... the chip # they gave me does match with the associated collar tag# as confirmed by the akc exchange... hope to meet them halfway tonight after work for a joyful reunion... "

Keep an eye on this post for updates should we receive any.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Zoey from St Louis is home after THIRTY-FIVE DAYS on the run!

Tonight we share a local story from St Louis, Missouri Lost & Found Paws.

Zoey was reported as lost by her owner thru a Facebook post on December 12, 2014.  Zoey was last seen at Grand and Wyoming.  Zoey was then posted on Missouri Lost & Found Paws.  Her post was shared 87 times from our Missouri Lost & Found Paws fan page.

On January 16, 2015, someone posted a found dog ad on NextDoor.  If you are not familiar with NextDoor, it is a free app that serves as a private social network for your neighborhood.  It has fast become a tool for communicating lost and found pets across many metropolitan areas.  The found dog was posted on St Louis, Missouri Lost & Found Paws as follows:

One of our administrators shared the post for Zoey's lost advertisement:

Soon, supporters began commenting about the similarities between Zoey's lost ad and the found dog ad:

We then received the news that the found dog was indeed Zoey!

Zoey's owner reported the following update:

THIRTY-FIVE DAYS later, Zoey is home thanks to a Good Samaritan coaxing her off the streets, and her microchip!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Dognapped! Keep Your Dog From Becoming a Statistic!

Thank you to our supporter, Monica Sabin, for sharing this! Keep your dog from becoming a statistic!