Facebook Helps Reunite Lost Pets With Owners
Published July 10th, 2014
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Of all the pets that ran away from home over the past five years, the ASPCA says 85 percent eventually return.
In North Central Florida, one woman is working hard to improve that number. She shows us how social media has reunited thousands of pets with their "people."
"I saw a lot of lost and found pets in the area and wanted to help but couldn't figure out exactly what to do," said founder of the Gainesville Pet Finder Facebook Page, Angela Shore.
And that's when Shore took her desire to help to Facebook.
She created a page where people could post pictures of their lost pet or post pictures of seemingly- stray pets they'd seen around their neighborhood.
"It's an interactive page," she said.
Calie Breen lost her Chihuahua, Sue Bear back in January and like any pet owner, wanted to bring her home safe.
She started posting fliers around town, but realized that wasn't enough.
"With the help of Gainesville Pet Finder, it was definitely the biggest factor that brought her home. Just posting everything on the pet finder and having people post back their leads and it was kinda a puzzle. Just everybody posting what they saw, where they saw her," said Breen.
Since Shore started the Facebook page in 2010, more than six thousand pets have been reunited with their families.
She gives pet owners tips on what to do if their animal gets lost… like calling shelters, vets, knocking on neighbors doors, and calling the microchip company.
"It's an amazing site, I've seen the success stories of everyone else, not just Sue alone. They've helped find so many animals," said Breen.
And by simply "sharing" a picture, a community has come together and helped rejoin animals with their humans.
Shore says she is working to spread the word about the Facebook page so it continues to help reunite lost pets with their families.
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