Whether or not you have a pet, you should know about PetRescuers. PetRescuers by HomeAgain, helps to reunite lost pets with their owners. HomeAgain sells microchips that are implanted into animals so that even if they lose their collars, they can be identified and returned to their owners. They have brought joy to many by reuniting more than 600,000 lost pets with their owners.
What do you do if a stray cat wanders into your yard and stays? Or if you see a dog who appears to be lost? PetRescuers provides you with ways to help.
PetRescuers has a website that helps reunite lost pets with their owners. PetRescuers You can sign up for email alerts so if there is a lost pet within a certain number of miles to your location (you get to choose how many miles) you receive an email alert from PetRescuers. That way you can be alerted about lost pets and be on the lookout. PetRescuers has a Twitter account and Facebook page so you can be alerted through these sites as well.
If you need further convincing about signing up for these email alerts, read the Found Pet Stories at the PetRescuers website.
If you find a pet, you can report it on the PetRescuers website, even if you haven’t signed up for email alerts. The website also tells you how to deal with a pet you suspect is lost. Often lost pets are scared so approaching the animal may not be the best idea. PetRescuers provides advice so that everyone can stay safe.
If you have an iPhone, then you should grab the free PetRescuers app from the iTunes App Store. The app alerts you when there are lost pets in your area. You can search by how recently a pet was lost or with a map that shows where the pet was last seen. The app provides pictures and descriptions of the pets to help you identify them.
You can control Push Notifications and Location Services from within the app. Although I’m not a big fan of sound notifications (See, Apps: To Push or Not to Push?), if you choose to hear a sound notification, you can control whether you hear a bark, meow or chime.
Make sure to check out the Reunions section of the app for heartwarming stories about how this app helped owners reunite with their pets.
Here’s a helpful video showing how the app works:
If You Lose a Pet
If you discover that your pet is lost, you can report it on the PetRescuers site or call them at 1-888-466-3242. You have to have your pet microchipped and have a HomeAgain account, which costs $17 per year, to use their pet recovery service.
PetRescuers sends out a Rapid Lost Pet Alert to veterinarians, animal shelters, the PetRescuers app and people who have signed up for email notices, within minutes of your reporting the lost pet. If you have uploaded a picture of your pet to your HomeAgain account, PetRescuers will generate a Lost Pet poster for you to print out and distribute in your area.
The website also offers advice on how to find a lost pet. The section on being a pet detective is very thorough and could provide you with helpful information on finding your pet even if you have not signed up for a HomeAgain account.
If you have an iOS device, such as an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, you should get the PetRescuers app. I wish this app came pre-installed. Imagine if everyone with an iOS device had this app what a better world this would be. How often can you say that about an app?
If you don’t have an iOS device, you should sign up with PetRescuers for email alerts about lost pets in your area. PetRescuers gives you the opportunity to make a difference in many lives at no cost to you.
If you lose a pet, check out the PetRescuers website even if you don’t have an account. The advice it provides may help you track down your pet and be an invaluable aid in the search process.
Have you ever found a lost pet? Have you ever seen an animal and wondered if it was a lost pet? Let us know in the Comments section below!
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