While Hurricane Harvey has left the Houston Metropolitan Area, residents are having to wait for flood waters to recede before assessing the damage and start rebuilding efforts after such a catastrophic event. Families are being reunited, but many are missing a beloved family pet whether it be a dog, cat or other animal. Finding your lost pet is being made easier by local and national organizations, including shelters and rescues.
The quickest way to get the word out about your lost pet? If you have a cell phone and/or laptop with online access, it is crucial to get your lost pet’s information online asap! Best Friends© Animal Society has partnered with VetsPlusMore to help lost pets and reunite them with their families. To register for help with locating your lost pet, or list a found animal, visit https://bestfriends.org/lost-and-found-pets to download an easy-to-use app. This app works on both Apple and Android and is free to download and use.
Utilize online resources such as Facebook. Here are a few groups’ Facebook pages to post information about your lost pet on:
Houston Humane Society – https://www.facebook.com/HoustonHumaneSociety
Society for Prevention & Cruelty to Animals (SPCA of Texas) – https://www.facebook.com/spcaoftexaspage/
Humane Society of Southeast Texas – https://www.facebook.com/humanesocietyofsoutheasttexas.org/
GreaterGood.Org – https://www.facebook.com/www.GreaterGood.org/
Wings of Rescue – https://www.facebook.com/WingsofRescue/
Wings of Rescue has been airlifting unclaimed pets from local shelters to make space for those found after Hurricane Harvey arrived. The local shelters these pets were transferred from will have records of where the pre-hurricane intake pets were transferred to.
Missing Pet Partnership – http://www.missingpetpartnership.org/
Missing Pet Partnership focuses on search, rescue and reuniting of companion dogs with their owners.
Lost Dogs of Texas – https://www.facebook.com/findtexasdogs/
Helping Lost Pets – https://www.facebook.com/HelpingLostPets/
Both Lost Dogs of Texas and Helping Lost Pets have free online forms to complete for lost and found pets.
Perform a search on both Facebook and Google to find other pet search and rescue groups in your area that may be able to provide assistance with your search efforts.
Other invaluable online resources:
Fido Finder – https://www.FidoFinder.com
Fido Finder is a large lost dog registry.
Pawboost – https://www.pawboost.com
Pawboost is a large lost pet registry.
One of the greatest tools utilized for neighbors to communicate within their community is through a social messaging web board called “NextDoor“. It is easy to use and a good tool to let your neigbors know about your missing family pet. Registration and use are both free. You can sign-up at – https://nextdoor.com
Be sure to have as much information and documentation as possible on-hand to evidence ownership of your pet, such as: Microchip number, dog license registration number, veterinary records, photos, and special identifying characteristics.
When it is safe to do so, post flyers in and around your neighborhood (preferably with photos), including local stores, veterinary clinics, pet stores and groomers. Keep checking-in with local these local pet-related locations!
Wishing everyone great success in finding their beloved pets safe and sound!
Please feel free to contact me directly if I can be of assistance, or if you have a helpful resource to add for fellow pet families. This blog post will be updated as new resources are made known, as I am monitoring.