Robin Siegel (Pennyroyal Norwich) has raised and shown Norwich terriers since the 1970s, but spends more of her time on the rescue and welfare of all breeds and species. Recently, Robin was recognized by the Maryland General Assembly with an official citation in recognition of her work in reuniting lost pets with their owners:
Because Robin spends so much time at her local shelter (taking photographs for their website), her focus is on finding the owners of pets brought in as strays. Her expertise (developed after Hurricane Katrina) in searching the internet for owners was greatly expanded when she started joining private neighborhood listservs all over the county. By using the listservs, she can notify sometimes thousands of neighbors at a time that an animal was lost or found in their area.
"I collect lost and found reports from these lists (as well as Craig's List, Petfinder.com, and any other online board I find) and respond to the owners (and finders) with a long list of recommendations. You can also find this information on my blog, http://mcmdlostpets.blogspot.com/
"But emailing owners out of the blue and telling them that I've found their lost pet - that's the payoff! I got to do that three times in the past four days, and it's addictive."
If you want to read a couple of success stories, look at the captions and comments on these photos - these are a couple of Robin's very favorite cases. "This is what keeps me reading 600-800 emails a day!"
http://www.flickr.com/photos/robinsiegel/4461566886/ Brooklyn the Vizsla http://www.flickr.com/photos/robinsiegel/3683160686/ Cosmo the Poodle
If you'd like to take a look at some of Robin's work at her shelter (and some photos of her beloved dogs), go to http://www..flickr.com/photos/robinsiegel/sets/.
NB. Have your pets microchipped so that the shelter can immediately know who owns them should they ever wind up there. If they wear their microchip ID tag, anyone who finds them can also notify the registry and the owners will be called. In addition to being microchipped, your dog should wear a collar with a license tag and ID tag inscribed with your phone number.
If you do lose a dog or cat, speed is of the essence as you initiate your search.
Here is a list of actions you should take to find a lost animal: - If your pet has a microchip, make an immediate call to the company. They will notify your vet, local clinics and shelters, and local pet rescuers. This takes time, though, so don't delay in following these procedures:
- File a lost report with the local shelters. Try to visit the shelters as often as you can.
- Take photo posters to vets and pet stores throughout your area and beyond, and mail them to the rest.
- Put your posters up in community gathering-places, and along the road in high-traffic areas in your neighborhood and put in neighbour’s mailboxes within a km radius. A disposable cell phone # is preferable to posting a personal phone #.
- Elicit help from friends and neighbors, and if possible bring in people with dogs that your dog knows. Contact a tracker.
- Notify your neighborhood listserv, if you have one.
- Remember, pets can travel great distances when they are stressed. Be prepared to expand your search.
- Talk to mail and paper carriers. - If you're serious about searching for your lost pet, gather volunteers, start a blog and go public with your search dates, sightings, and progress reports.
You will find help, and the odds will improve that you will find your pet.
Posted on behalf of Robin Siegel