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Letter: Local resources to find lost pets

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Posted: Friday, August 22, 2014 10:39 pm

It began with a lost puppy in my yard. I thought my only option was to contact the Lodi Animal Shelter; however, I learned there were additional options that could help find its owner.

The first option I found was Lodi’s nonprofit rescue agency called Animal Friends Connection, open seven days a week and located on Cherokee Lane. They provide scanning for a microchip for free, have veterinary accessibility and provide immediate, pre-qualified foster homes. This way the animal is cared for during the required lawful time that it takes to locate its owner. An immediate report must also be given to the Lodi Animal Shelter for tracking the animal’s location for them and the owner.

In addition to AFC, some of the other resources include local Facebook sites, Craigslist, the Lodi News-Sentinel and the Record.

On the websites you will post the following: photo, location lost/found and contact information. Recently formed Facebook sites are working towards blending to cross-post information to reach more than 1,000+ members quickly. By doing this, the impact is already being noticed.

Based on my observation, the shelters are averaging eight per day between missing, found and dropped off pets. Yes, eight. Now, because of additional resources like AFC, PALS and Facebook sites, these pets have tripled in happy reunions back home then in the past. The amazing part is 92 percent of all these resources are manned by volunteers!

So if I didn’t know, maybe you didn’t know. So for every pet’s sake, please contact, post and call all your resources. Here are just some of them: Animal Friends Connection (209-365-0535), Lost and Found Pets, Lodi Animal Lost and Found, Galt Animal Lost and Found, Loving Pets Need Homes, PALS, Lost and Found of the 209 and Lost and Found (916). Due to the large impact of what all these groups are doing together, the Lodi News-Sentinel has updated their lost and found section to inform the community as well.

Oh, and that little lost puppy in my yard now has a new furr-ever home thanks to all these volunteers.

Linda Dashnow


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