Whether you want to pour your heart out to them or tell them your secrets, you know your pet will always be there for you. Pets give you unconditional love and are always faithful, and science has backed that up. But what if your furry best friend gets lost somewhere and couldn’t find their way home? Aside from putting up missing pet posters, many organizations online actually dedicate themselves to helping you find your lost pets. Here are ten of them.
Websites That Can Help You Find Lost Pets
FindToto, an emergency alert system for lost pets, immediately broadcasts your pet’s information to surrounding neighbors of your lost pet’s last known location. The system gives your pet’s description, your current contact information, and the pet’s last location to each person called. Neighbors and residents in the lookout area receive a message from the FindToto automated system. FindToto pulls phone numbers from a database of public numbers in a radius surrounding the pet’s last known location. When a lost pet is entered into the system, these numbers are uploaded and called. The Find Toto system has the ability to make thousands of calls within minutes.
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Helping Lost Pets
Helping Lost Pets (HeLP) provides a free national database for every lost and found pet. When you list a pet as lost or found, the system alerts HeLP’s members in your area. HeLP also partners with many amazing volunteer groups across the country that will share your listing on social media sites. In 2016, over 40,000 pets listed with HeLP got home!
The Center for Lost Pets
If you live in the United States, the Center For Lost Pets is a great website to use. Backed by the Humane Society of the United States, it aims to be the central location for lost and found pets. For the website to help you, you’ll need to create an account first and then fill in some of your own information, as well as information about your missing pet.
Pet Amber Alert
When a child goes missing, the police issues an amber alert. Pet Amber Alert uses the same advanced technology for lost pets. An issued amber alert means thousands of your neighbors will be notified by phone within minutes. They also email and fax a missing pet poster to local veterinarians, animal shelters, animal control, police stations, etc. from a 10 to 100 mile radius of your pet’s last location. They encourage the recipients to put up posters of your lost pet around the area. Pet Amber Alert has three different options: poster alert, phone alert, and amber alert.
Fido Finder and Tabby Tracker
Fido Finder and Tabby Tracker are databases for lost dogs and cats in the US, Canada, and the UK. Both sites have the same free services and features. One website is just for dogs, while the other is for cats. To get the most out of these, they recommend preregistering your dog or cat on the website before it actually goes missing. After registering, you get a Fido Finder or Tabby Tracker tag for your pet, which contains your pet’s profile information, allowing the finder to message you through its profile. If you’ve already lost your beloved pet, though, you can still click the Found tab at the top of either website and then fill out the search criteria to see if there are any matches in the Found Dogs/Cats listings.
Finding Rover uses facial recognition technology to make finding dogs as quick and easy as the snap of a photo. John Polimeno, creator of Finding Rover, approached major developers of facial-recognition technology and found a willing partner in the Software Development Center at the University of Utah. He funded the research while the center developed facial recognition for pets. The programmers ended up creating an algorithm called Pet Match that uses machine learning and computer vision to pick up on key features of dogs that differentiate them from the rest of the puppy population. The site and app encourage people to snap a photo of lost dogs on the street so Finding Rover’s facial recognition technology can locate the owner.
Missing Animal Response
The Missing Animal Response (MAR) reunites lost pets with their families through education and partnerships with animal welfare agencies. They offer the most comprehensive website of lost pet recovery tips based on cutting-edge knowledge of lost pet behavior. Partnering with several animal shelters to help develop lost pet services, they developed and facilitated a training and certification program for pet detectives and MAR search dogs.
PetHub Inc. focuses on getting lost pets home faster and safer than any other solution available. They utilize current and new technology including QR code pet ID tags, NFC wireless technology, GPS mapping, and real-time notifications. The organization has received numerous industry awards and has reunited more than 1,100 lost pets with their owners over the last year alone, and even more this year. More and more communities are partnering with PetHub for their municipal lost pets recovery services. On average, 96% of PetHub recovered dogs and cats were home in less than 24 hours, and 35% were home in under an hour.
Michelson Found Animals
The Michelson Found Animals Foundation, a nonprofit organization, aims to keep pets in their homes. Through their free microchip registry and dedication to providing low-cost microchips to shelters and rescues, they help protect and reunite thousands of pets each year. According to the National Council of Pet Population Study and Policy and the National Humane Society, more than 10 million pets are lost each year. One out of three pets will be lost during its lifetime. Thanks to microchips, a significant portion of those pets make it home. The Michelson Found Animals Foundation helps make that possible.
Haven’t Lost a Pet Yet?
Don’t wait till you experience the heartbreak. We strongly recommend you secure your best friends with GPS trackers before it’s too late. Trackimo’s mini GPS tracker is a tiny tracking device that allows you to see your pet’s whereabouts in real time. You won’t have to worry where your pets have gone anymore. We included a collar attachment for tracking your dog, horse, cattle, or almost anything you want to track and locate. If you want a pet pouch attachment instead, our 3G Guardian GPS tracking device will give you what you need.
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