Lost and found programs prevent lost pets, reunite lost pets with their people, and support lost pets from getting lost again.
For most shelters, the highest intake type is stray animals. Initial data collection shows that a significant number of these lost animals are healthy, appear cared for, and many are only blocks away from their homes. To reduce intake and keep more pets with their families create or enhance your Lost Pet Reunification Program.
See the Lost and Found Coordinator job description. Most animal welfare agencies don’t even have one person dedicated to this function, but the return-on-investment is HUGE!
When Pancho got lost, a neighbor filed a found pet report and fostered him until Pancho’s family could be found. In less than 24 hours, Pancho’s family saw his photo on El Paso Animal Services‘ Pet Finder Map and were reunited with him.
Pancho, who is 16 years old, never had to enter the shelter and made it back home to his family successfully thanks to his finder fostering him.
Getting lost pets home can feel like an overwhelming task, so we break it up into three segments. Lost pet prevention, reuniting lost pets, and reducing lost pet recurrences. In this section we will touch on the prevention measures, what to do once a pet is in your shelter and last, how to make sure they don’t come back.
What percentage are coming in ‘over the counter’ by Good Samaritans and what percentage are coming in from field services or animal control?
Here’s how to calculate this: Total number of pets returned home/total number of STRAY animals taken in = RTO rate
Where are the majority of animals being brought in from?
Interested in learning about the cat side of things? Check out the resources below.
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