Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, online news sites, and online community forums. These and more are examples of social media outlets many of us use on a daily basis to do such things as catch up on what friends and family are up to, to do some shopping, read breaking news, and to check out delicious Pins to figure out tonight’s dinner. With so much to read and see, it’s no wonder social media and the Internet are used every single day by people all around the world. New recipes and your weekend plans aside, have you ever thought social media could be used to find lost pets?

It’s a heartwretching experience to discover a beloved pet missing — nobody wants to go through the kind of pain and panic the feeling of knowing their pet is lost can bring. Maybe a pet got curious and wandered out the garden gate while your back was turned, or it is suspected your fur baby has been stolen. The first thing you need to do is contact your local animal shelters to see if your pet is there. If not, file a lost report so the shelters will be on the lookout and many shelters’ sites allow for uploading photos and descriptions. Then, make some lost posters and flyers as soon as possible. Now what? Get to launching your own online search!

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Like a lot of the Internet, social media sites have had its tremendous share of negativity via users. However, the power of social media is helping to reunite lost pets with their humans, so utilize sites for your search, and when negative and useless comments appear (because this will happen), ignore those people. Instead, focus all your efforts on the helpful, useful information coming in from positive folks. It’s amazing how strangers will rally together for a good cause — like helping to reunite with their lost pets. Check out these real-life stories of the power of social media!

Finding Miss Daisy, the Giant White Great Pyrenees

How the Power of Social Media is Helping to Reunite Pets With Their HumansFinding Miss Daisy/Facebook
 

In November 2013, Daisy the dog supposedly got out of the gate of her family’s yard then disappeared. Her missing posters went viral on Facebook super quick, which eventually led to her being found and reunited with her family months later.

Since her return, her dog mom and human friends have been continuing to maintain the Finding Miss Daisy Facebook page in hopes of helping others to reunite with their lost or stolen pets. They also use the Facebook page, Bozeman Lost Pet, to reconnect pets with their families in and around their area.

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Read about Daisy’s amazing story on her Facebook page or watch this news video discussing how social media does help to find lost pets.

Abby the Blind Dog

How the Power of Social Media is Helping to Reunite Pets With Their HumansMcKenzie Grapengeter/AP
 

Being called a Christmas miracle, eight-year-old Abby became lost during a snowstorm in her hometown of Fairbanks, Alaska. Although blind, she made her way unharmed to a house 10 miles away where a man took her in. The man and the community used social media to track down Abby’s family.

Stolen Dog Found Thanks to Social Media Campaign

How the Power of Social Media is Helping to Reunite Pets With Their HumansNew Zealand Herald
 
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When Titan, a 16-month-old German shepherd puppy, was stolen in Auckland, New Zealand, his dad took to social media to find the pup which led to TV and radio interviews. His online campaign was going to pay off.

“It (the campaign) went viral on Facebook,” said dog dad Bryant Walker. “It was all over, from Trade Me to Twitter. I even got some hits in Australia, which I was pretty amazed at.”

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Money was raised online in contribution to the search, but it was thanks to the vigilance of two girls that got Titan home. Check it out! Watch this news clip and read about Titan’s story that includes his dog-napper caught on tape.

If you or someone you know has lost a pet, see One Green Planet’s lost pet hotlines for  information on what to do when a beloved pet goes missing. Remember, one of the best ways to make sure pets get home fast is to microchip pets and keep chip and tag information updated!

Image source: Mosman Counsil/Flickr

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