Lost2Found is a successful new program to increase the chances of lost pets being reunited with their owners. A large problem owners face is lack of knowledge, officials note. When pet owners lose a pet, it is an emotional stressful situation coupled with lack of knowledge. Lost2Found will provide knowledge of lost pet behavior, evidence-based strategies, and links to shelters in the area. All this is available simply by texting the word “STRAYS” to 555-888.
The new solution is an automated text messaging program called Lost2Found. When a pet owner texts the word “STRAYS” to 555-888, they are guided through the entire process of finding a lost pet, from links to view pets on local shelters’ websites to in-depth video tutorials. This is a result of the PETCO Foundation awarding a grant to Front Street Animal Shelter to ensure program development, which can easily be replicated across the country to increase more pets are reunited. The shelter will be distributing a magnet with the text messaging information everywhere to educate the public.
“We are excited to try a new solution to help pets be united with owners. We want the community to remember they have lost pet resources available to assist in the reunification of their family member,” stated Annette Patton, Executive Director of Stanislaus Animal Services.
The Stanislaus Animal Services Agency hopes that the combination of lost resources will lead to a higher return-to-owner rate, reuniting more families and creating much needed kennel space for the animals that truly need to be at the shelter. Stanislaus Animal Services Agency continues to reinvent animal services with new methods to save lives. The Agency is at 3647 Cornucopia Way, Modesto and can be reached at 209-342-1740 for questions related to the program.