Reuniting Lost Pets With Their Owners

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Reuniting Lost Pets With Their Owners

By: Thaddeus Collins

Losing a family pet can be a traumatic experience, especially on children who are close to the lost pet. But, one in three pet owners fail to take the steps needed to ensure that this tragedy does not occur in their home. These steps can be as simple as providing a pet identification tag with up-to-date contact information in the event the family pet ever gets lost, so that the finder of the pet will have a resource to contact the pet owner.

Because a majority of pet owners fail to take this step, their family pet usually ends up in a shelter, or just released to wander around. One of the biggest concerns for pet owners on the upwardly mobile move is the cost associated with constantly purchasing a pet identification tag every time their contact information changes. To alleviate this situation , a company called RecoveryPets.Com provides a pet tag with a unique tracking number that links to their website, where the owners contact information can be updated for the life of the pet.

This company provides an easy access search for lost pets, and all the finder has to do is enter the unique tracking number and the owners contact information will instantly be displayed. One of the best benefits of this service is that it provides a one-stop convenient source for those who find a pet, and those that have a lost their pet. This is accomplished by the Global Pet Listing Service, that provides a photo and description of lost pets with contact information that can be broadcast across the internet. This service is accessible by all agencies that regularly deal with lost pets, and it provides them with a way to identify the owners if they have not registered with the Pet Tracking Service.

Tracking systems for animals is nothing new, but the majority of these systems require invasive devices implanted into the animal, and a lot of pet owners opt not to have this procedure done because of the risk involved, not to mention the cost of such a procedure. Another type of tracking is pet tattooing, but if the pet is lost, trying to find a tattoo that they do not know exist defeats the purpose. The pet identification tag can be worn on the collar of most domestic pets, and it is readily identified by the majority of people who find lost pets, and it does not require any type of invasive procedures to be performed on the pet.

Finding an affordable way to recover lost pets is the wish of every pet owner if their pet should ever become lost, but an ounce of prevention as the saying goes can save the owner from the traumatic experiences that are associated with losing the family pet. With today's fast pace movements and population explosion , we do not have a chance to get to know our neighbors the way we used to, so having a means of identifying a lost pet that is affordable and recognizable can reduce the stresses associated with owning a pet who is a member of the family.

About The Author

Thaddeus Collins is the owner of RecoveryPets.Com and they specialize in the global recovery of lost pets using a unique tracking number. For more information visit


giftamerica 27.06.2009. 05:34

What's the longest you've ever heard of a lost pet who got returned to its owner? We lost our little girl chihuahua on june 15th 2009 we have looked everywhere and no trace.

What's the longest you've ever heard of a lost pet who got returned to its owner?


Admin 27.06.2009. 05:34

I saw this story on the pet network about a dog who was lost for about 5 years before it was reunited with its owners.


AnnaB 01.11.2006. 16:37

How long would you look for a lost pet? If you lost your dog or cat, how long would you continue looking for your pet? Until they are found? Forever? Or, 3 days? 4 days? 3 weeks? 3 months?

Also, let me know where you are from and if you have any pets- dogs or cats?
Thanks for all of the reply posts so far. I am thrilled that people would keep on looking - but... what if you didn't have any luck after 2 weeks? 2 months? No sightings, no calls, nothing. Wouldn't you get frustrated after months?


Admin 01.11.2006. 16:37

I used to work at an animal shelter. I have seen people find their lost pets after years of looking. Once a husky who had been missing for 7 years turned up at our shelter; another time a Scottish Terrier who had been stolen from his yard 5 years previously came in. Both were reunited with shocked but happy owners.
Cats also can be gone for years before returning, and they are known to hitch rides on planes etc. Fewer cats are reunited with their owners than dogs because people do not give them as much identification (tags, tatoos, microchips) as they do dogs. About 54% of lost dogs are identified and reunited with their owners, only about 4% of cats, at least at the shelter where I worked.
I've never seen a lost bird reunited with its owner, perhaps because the climate in Canada is too harsh for the tropical birds we tend to keep as pets. Also, pet birds are much more vulnerable to predators than wild ones.
As a child, I lived in a rural area and lost my cat . He never came back, but I kept looking for a year. Now that I am older, I do not let my cats go out unattended as I've seen all the terrible things that can happen to them. Also, they can put a sizeable dent in the songbird population as they are not native to North America.


pithygirl 02.01.2011. 09:59

Have you ever found a lost animal and returned it to the owner? How did you find the owner? By collar, microchip, missing animal flyer? Just a random curious question.


Admin 02.01.2011. 09:59

I found a pair of dogs wandering on the road, running in front of traffic, once. We call them over, and walked them on a walking path to get them off the street. One had a collar with his name and a phone number, so we called the owner, and he was able to come and pick them up.
Another time I found a puppy wandering round a carpark. I had seen her wandering in the street minutes earlier, so I picked her up, and went looking for her owner. Luckily it didn't take me long to find her.
Recently I found a lost Beagle wandering down the road, so I just sat and played with him- I knew his owner would be out looking for him, and sure enough- within a few minutes he was on his way back home.

I used to work at a shelter, so I reunited owners with their lost pets all the time. It was really good when the owners would report the pets as missing. Occasionally you could reunite pets with their owners without the animals even coming into the shelter. Other times the dog wasnt microchipped- but it would meet the description listed, and I could call the owner and pair them up again (after the dog was registered and microchipped)
Many times we were able to find owners via registration tags or microchips.


msbb45 16.12.2012. 17:50

How do you find a lost pets owner? We live in Rogers,Ar. 72758. Our neighbor found a little Yorkshire Terrier the other day (Dec. 13-14) wondering around in the street, in our neighborhood. They took it in to their house, but we don't know who the owners are. When it was warmer out, a young couple would always walk by our house with a large dog on a leash, and the lady would be carrying a little Yorkie in her arms, but we have no idea what their names are or what street they live on. How would you go about trying to reunite the puppy with it's owners. I know they are probably frantic trying to find the little dog.
Thank you for all your answers. We found the owners of the little dog today. In fact they didn't live but maybe a block and a half from us. They had finally put up posters with the dogs picture on it plus their phone numbers and address. They were all so happy to be reunited! Thanks again for everybodies help.


Admin 16.12.2012. 17:50

Contact the local shelter and they will list the dog on their "found dogs" site so the owners have that to find. Additionally, the dog may be microchipped and any veterinarian or shelter have the scanners to verify this. If the dog is microchipped or possibly tattooed, it's very easy to find the owners as long as they've maintained their address with these services. These things in addition to the standard "Found Dog" posters and signs with a picture of the dog.


Dave 26.05.2011. 03:58

Do pets reunite with their owners after they die? My uncle passed away earlier this year just a few weeks ago his cat of 12 years also passed away. I thought it was nice they could be together again but then I started wondering...Will human owners be able to reunite with their animal pets or do human and animal afterlives exist in different realms that do not intersect? What are your thought? Thanks for your help!


Admin 26.05.2011. 03:58

This question probably enters the mind of every pet owner, especially when they lose a beloved pet companion. We have pets that have personalities and feelings, and can think and reason and give us great joy and love and happiness.

However, the Bible teaches only humans are chosen by God to go to heaven. In fact only a set number are chosen, Re 14:1-5.

Gods word teaches that the rest of mankind are promised a life on a restored Paradisaic EARTH, see Psalms 37:11 and Matthew 5:5.

So what about dead pets? Sadly the Bible is silent regarding this. However, I would like to point to this thought from 2 other Bible verses regarding that future time in the restored Paradise:

?I have come to know that you (Jehovah God) are able to do all things, and there is NO IDEA that is unattainable for you."?Job 42:2.

You (Jehovah) are opening your hand and SATISFYING THE DESIRE of every living thing.??Psalm 145:16.

From these verses I have gained great comfort regarding my own loss of a dearly loved pet.


Crypto Caribou 28.12.2012. 16:40

Is an online webpage considered community service? I created a facebook page specifically to help the people in my city who lost their pets.

The description of the page is:
"A page dedicated to finding the owners of lost pets in or around our community. If you have or have found a lost pet, please post pictures so we can be sure to notify the community through facebook."

I basically spread the word through facebook by posting pictures of lost or found pets. We get actual people who've lost their pets, we post pictures of any stray dogs or animals we see. We look online on pages like craigslist to find lost/found pets and spread them through facebook. I can't honestly say if it's successful, but I do have 70 members and at most reached 221 people by posting.

Would this be considered community service or no?

Crypto Caribou

Admin 28.12.2012. 16:40

Considered community service by whom?

By your high school that requires community service? PRobably not.

By a college or university? Only if you can honestly say if it IS successful - how many pets have you reunited with families? If you can't say that, then it's just a nice, but ineffectual, thing to do.

Ideas for Creating Your Own Volunteering Activity

Finding Online Volunteering / Virtual Volunteering
& Home-Based Volunteering


Erica 30.12.2012. 19:02

Why do people keep telling me about Rainbow Bridge? People told me when an animal dies,they don't go to Heaven. They go to Rainbow Bridge. But,what is Rainbow Bridge? Is it a Heaven,except only for animals and pets? I'm getting really curious,because i think my aunt's cat is about to die due to Cancer,and i want to know what Rainbow Bridge is,so maybe she might go there after she dies. No bad comments,or i report.


Admin 30.12.2012. 19:02

The Rainbow Bridge is the theme of a work of poetic prose written some time between 1980 and 1992, whose original creator is unknown. The theme is of a mythological place to which a pet goes upon its death, eventually to be reunited with its owner. It has gained wide popularity amongst animal lovers who have lost a pet..


CatchAnd DaisyAsCatchCan 27.06.2013. 16:12

Should Microchipping Of Cats Be Made Compulsory? I have read that this will soon be the case for dogs in the UK. Would you be in favour of it being compulsory for cats too? Do you believe it would make cat owners more responsible for their cats if this were the case. Obviously it would not prevent dumping of kittens too young for microchipping but it would surely deter cat owners from abandoning their adult cats owing to treatable bad habits if they knew they could be traced once the cat was recovered.

Should a cat license also be introduced so that all new cats are registered and recorded? Opinions?
First answerer: evidence please.
For the record, both of my cats were stray and both were microchipped without issue.

CatchAnd DaisyAsCatchCan

Admin 27.06.2013. 16:12

I'd be in favour of compulsory micro chipping for cats. Not only would the chip help reunite lost cats with their owners, but having traceability for a registered owner might make some people think twice about abandoning cats or neglecting to provide them with proper care. However, there will always be some people who can't be bothered to comply with what they feel are "petty" regulations. Even when dogs were licensed (for a nominal fee) not everyone bothered getting that done.

One protocol I'd like to see introduced immediately, is for vets to automatically scan all new patients for a microchip. At the moment they automatically assume that the person taking the cat in is the rightful owner. Yet I've read on this forum many times of people automatically assuming because a cat is outdoors that it "must" be abandoned. Or it's simply a nice looking, friendly cat they want to keep for themselves and some of the more vociferous indoor-only brigade encourage them to do so, because no "responsible" person would ever allow their cats outside. They are entitled to their opinion on the care of cats, but taking something that does not belong to you is theft no matter how you dress it up. Besides, even some indoor-only cats try to sneak outside on occasion and their owners have every right to have their beloved pet returned to them.

Dog owners in the UK have until April 2016 to get their pets microchipped and it will be interesting to see how easy it will be to enforce that piece of legislation. I have a sneaking suspicion that the costs involved with making sure every dog is chipped might prove too costly for local councils to keep tabs on.


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