Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Spring has sprung!

Spring has arrived. We are all now faced with starting that routine event of yardwork and grass cuttings. We have already seen a number of postings for lost pets due to fence gates being left open.

Please consider adding a lock (padlock works great) to your gates. This provided peace of mind and only a minor inconvenience of unlocking. Help us keep fur babies safe as we all get out to there to get the grassy deeds done!

Also, while out in the yard, take some time to check for erosion under the fence. Our little opportunists will seize the day and use those spots for escape opportunities :)

Monday, February 13, 2017

Welcome home Duke!

It is these posts that keep our team focused and grounded. Missouri Lost & Found Paws is a free, non profit service focused on reuniting lost pets. We foster a community of animal lovers who provide support, tips, volunteer assistance and more to help families with missing and found pets.

This senior doggie, Duke, was found in St Charles on Saturday. Now, Duke, is home with a very happy Mommy.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

The Importance of Sightings

When a pet becomes lost, the search is on. But it is hard to determine, which way did he or she go? Pets do not wander via sidewalks and roadways at all times. They find shortcuts.

What is a Sighting? A sighting is when someone gets a glimpse of a wandering pet. Many people think that wandering pets are abandoned strays. Sometimes, yes they are. But did you know that often times, they are lost pets. They are pets that someone loves very much, and is missing very much. They are pets who became lost due to a fence gate left open by an external party. They are pets who became lost due to fireworks or loud sounds that frightened them. They are pets that may be allowed to roam by their owners, but due to the inadvertent actions of Good Samaritans trying to capture them, actually in turn drove them far away from home.
How may times have you found yourself watching a wandering pet? You may have found yourself asking, is this a lost pet that got out of its yard? Or, is this a pet that is allowed to roam. We at Missouri Lost & Found Paws feel that it is best to err on the side of caution. After all, what is the worst that can happen if you are able to apprehend the runaway? You may find the owner who informs you that their pet is just doing its thing, he or she is allowed to roam. As a Good Samaritan, it is a great opportunity to educate the owner on the dangers of what could happen. But let's face it. Not everyone wants to schooled on how to care for their pet.

It is incredibly valuable information when community members share information about roaming pets they have seen. This information can help an owner to locate and pinpoint their pet's whereabouts.

Our recommendation is to share the info on the wandering pet! Report the pet to us on
Missouri Lost & Found Paws.

Missouri Lost & Found Paws would like to share the following tips for these situations:

Date, Time and Location!
Include the date, time and location where the pet was seen along with a description. This information can help those searching to rule out false sightings from valid sightings. Sightings help individuals find lost pets!

Nothing beats a photo! Snap a photo or video if you can! Videos often work best!

Never assume stray. Do not assume the animal is a stray! Often times, it is someone's beloved, lost furry family member!
Remember, it doesn't take long for a pet to look bedraggled. Lack of food, anxiety, stress, nervousness, cruelty or injury can lead to a poor state of affairs.

Stay calm! Stay cool. Do not chase the pet. If you feel comfortable to approach the pet, try laying down or sitting down. Use a soft, gentle voice . If you have pet friendly food/snacks (White Castle works great!), use it to your advan
If you can, coax the pet to come to you, secure it, and contact animal control or take the pet to the closest animal control facility or shelter.

Be a beacon of hope! YOU can provide hope to a family who is desperately searching for their beloved pet.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Movers & Shakers

Let's face it, animals are movers and shakers. They have places to go, people to see. Naturally when we try to snap a photo, they often want to keep things moving.  If you have found a pet and are having a difficult time to capture a still photo, here are some tips from Missouri Lost & Found Paws.  

Try using video for found animals who won't sit still, or animals you see wandering the area. Video is a less intimidating to animals. Zoom in/off while capturing video.

After you have captured the video, play the video on your phone.

Look for the moment where the visibility is clear and focused.

Play the video again.

Have your fingers poised to take a screenshot on your phone. Snap the screenshot.

Crop the screenshot as needed.

Use the cropped photo for postings!

These tips also work well to snap a photo of your own pet.  It always good to have a current photo accessible should an emergency arise.

Friday, January 27, 2017

20,000 Strong!

On January 27, 2014, the Missouri Lost & Found Paws team was fortunate and excited to celebrate a viewership of 2,000 animal lovers. TWO THOUSAND.

Fast forward to January 27, 2017! We are so honored and excited to celebrate TWENTY THOUSAND viewers!

In the past 5 1/2 years of the Missouri Lost & Found Paws journey, our team has been privileged to lead this incredible community service which is focused on reuniting lost pets. Our team continues to learn more and more every year through each lost and found pet shared with us.  We work very hard to use leverage the knowledge gained in these situations to education our communities across Missouri.  None of this would be possible without our supporters, our friends in our animal control and shelter organizations, our friends dedicated to animal welfare, our local business supporters and of course, the fur babies.

Do you realize the impact of your dedication to lost and found pets?

Do you realize the impact of your contributions? Every time you share a lost or found animal, you help expose that animal to an entirely different set of Facebook friends to help get the word out.

Every time you reach out to someone who has a lost or found pet to offer tips, you are making a difference in that family's life.

Every time you search for a lost pet, you are helping that pet get one step closer to being safe.

Every time you offer words of encouragement to owners whose heart is in pain, you make a difference.

Every time you share one of our educational tips, you are helping another pet owner to be cautious and mindful of things that can go wrong.

WE have to work together as a community. The power of one is untouchable, right? Imagine the power of a community! WE become unstoppable.  WE have seen this with our very own eyes.  WE are making a difference for animals across Missouri!

Every time the owner of a lost pet is notified that their pet is at one of our Missouri shelters or animal control facilities, and that pet is reunited, in turn, an empty spot is available for a truly homeless or abandoned pet.

The Missouri Lost & Found Paws team believes that organizations such as ours have a direct and positive impact to reduce the number of animals being euthanized across our nation due to overpopulated shelters.

Please remember, it is NOT the shelter's fault that they have to euthanize! WE as a society must change.  

The way each of us can help is through these lost and found efforts.

Join us on our metro area groups!

And, don't forget to follow our state-wide page, Missouri Lost & Found Paws!

WE ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE across Missouri. And THAT success is because of YOU. Thank you for being a part of our journey.

Monday, January 16, 2017

You Are Your Pet's Advocate

Having a lost pet is a unique and emotional pain that hurts us to the core.  When a pet becomes lost, you as the owner are your pet's one and only voice.  You are your pet's champion, their cheerleader.  As the owner, it is up to you to do everything in your power to get the word out about your lost pet.  

As technology changes, we as people become very accustomed to doing as much as we can via online methods.  Even though there are many of us who depend on our technology, there are still significant parts of our population that do not.  
  • Not every one owns a smart phone.
  • Not everyone uses Facebook.
  • Not everyone knows about the different types of resources (i.e. pages/groups) available on Facebook to advertise lost pets.
  • Not everyone uses Twitter.
  • Not everyone uses Instagram.
  • Not everyone uses Craigslist.
  • Not everyone uses NextDoor.
As you are reading this blogpost, you might find that you are asking yourself what some of the above resources may be.  This is our point.  Thru technology comes complexity.  Technology makes it easy for individuals to pick their online venue, their online voice if you will.  

However, one of the most tried and true methods to getting lost pets home is to hang signs, also often called flyers.  At the end of the day, most everyone leaves their house at some point of the day, or week.  You as an owner of a lost pet might feel hopeful that someone will find your beloved fur baby and offer help.  You may even find yourself believing that upon your pet being found, the finder will post signs for you to see.

Over the past five and a half years that Missouri Lost & Found Paws has been in operation, we can with certainty tell you that you cannot rely on the finder to hang signs.  The vast significant number of pet finders believe it is not their responsibility to hang signs and advertise found pets.  

As you can imagine, assumptions on both sides leads invariably to lost pets never making their way home.  We cannot emphasize how important it is for owners to take the responsibility in their hands to do everything in their power to get the word out about their lost pet.  Hang signs.  Hang lots, and lots of signs.  But, be mindful to your community.  
  1. Do not damage property in order to hang your sign(s).  We recommend using zip ties, also known as cable ties, to hang your signs.  They are non-destructive.  They do not peel paint off of sign posts.  It is also easy to remove signs thru the simple use of scissors for example.
  2. Hang signs at intersections, at eye level for passerbys in vehicles.
  3. Use neon paper during inclement weather conditions; they are easier to see.
  4. Use sheet protectors to protect your signs from moisture in the air or inclement weather.    Check out our tips for how to make weatherproofed signs.
  5. Keep your message simple and clear.  Include a clear photo of your pet.  Include one or more contact phone numbers.  Double-check to ensure you have typed the phone numbers for accuracy.  
Click here to read more of our tips of how to create signs.

Check out our templates for lost pet signs.

Click here to see our complete list of tips for ensuring you can get the word out about your lost pet to every avenue possible.

Be your pet's voice.  Don't give up.  Don't lose hope.  Ask for help.  

Once you find your pet, don't forget to remove your signs :)

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Is It Windy Out? Check Gates, Fences and Household Before Letting Pets Out

Do you have gusty winds in your area today?
  • Please check your fence gates BEFORE letting your fur babies out today. The easiest solution is to add a padlock to your gates.
  • Check your fence itself.  Make sure there aren't slats, or even full sections of fencing missing.
  • Please double-check all house doors to make sure they are closed firmly to prevent escapees!

These weather conditions attribute to the number of lost pets.  On the flipside, keep an eye out for wandering pets today.  They will need your help to stay safe and find their families!

Please share these tips with your friends and family to help us keep pets safe

Monday, January 9, 2017

Even Rural Dogs Have Homes

Though not everyone feels the same way, many animals are allowed the freedom to roam in our rural areas across Missouri. Many animals in rural communities will go out for an adventure of a couple of days, and return home. Taking a found animal far from its point of origin significantly and negatively impacts that pet from being reunited with its owner.

If you find a pet, first and foremost, jot down the location of where you found the pet. Note the highway and mile marker if possible. This will help you to identify the closest shelter or authorities to contact on the next business day. Read below for more tips from Missouri Lost & Found Paws.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

What Goes Up Must Come Down

What Goes Up Must Come Down

Was your pet lost and is now reunited? Or, did you find a wandering pet and help them find their family? Time to celebrate! Don't forget to remove any signs you hung up. Many municipalities actually have ordinances restricting signs. Let's keep our community clean and remove signs that are no longer needed.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Lost Pet Templates

Need help making a sign?  Use one of our templates!  Replace our Missouri Lost & Found Paws image with your pet's image!

Lost Cat Template
Lost Dog Template

Monday, January 2, 2017

Hello 2017!

What is Missouri Lost & Found Paws?

We are a non profit organization focused on reuniting lost and found pets by uniting animal lovers across our communities using social media. We do NOT charge for our services; we are wholly a non profit effort here to serve our communities.

Our Missouri Lost & Found Paws page shares every pet shared with us across the state of Missouri. We have many community followers that expressed interest to follow just those animals in their communities. So we double-post into the following Facebook group:

We thank you for being part of this community. We are here to help families and individuals who have lost pets. We are here to help families and individuals who have found pets.