NEW YORK, Sept. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- In an unprecedented move, 17 animal welfare organizations and private companies have come together in a coalition to share database information regarding lost pets from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma to create one centralized, searchable website to find lost pets.
Hurricanes Irma and Harvey devastated the lives of people in Houston and Florida, many lost all material possessions. But for many, the biggest tragedy is their beloved family pet is missing. FindMyLostPet.com is a brand agnostic website that will link to all available databases where families can search for their missing pet as well as other pet related resources related to recovery.
This coalition was formed to solve problems on the ground in the hurricane impacted areas. One of the biggest need is to reunite pets with their families because hold periods (the time between finding lost pets and trying to reunite them with their families and, if unable to reunite, offering the pets up for adoption in a new family) for dogs and cats rescued following the hurricanes are ending. Once the hold periods are over, shelters and rescue groups will be allowed by law to adopt out pets to another family.
The growing list of organizations working to get the word out about where you can be reunited with your pet, listed in alphabetical order are:
2. American Animal Hospital Association
11. Petco Foundation
3. Austin Pets Alive
4. Best Friends Animal Society
6. Finding Rover
15. Shelter Buddy
7. Michelson's Found Animals
8. Helping Lost Pets
9. Maddie's Fund
Live for only a limited time, the database sharing and website will be able to be reenacted if and when another natural disaster strikes that affects pets on the same level.
For more information or to search for a pet lost from one of these natural disasters, please visit FindMyLostPet.com.
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About Best Friends Animal Society
Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization dedicated to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America's shelters. A leader in the no-kill movement, Best Friends runs lifesaving programs in partnership with more than 1,900 rescue groups and shelters across the country; regional centers in New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Salt Lake City; and the nation's largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals. Founded in 1984, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters nationwide from 17 million per year to about two million. That means there are still nearly 5,500 dogs and cats killed every day in shelters, just because they don't have safe places to call home. We are determined to get that number to zero by the year 2025. Working together with you, we will end the killing and Save Them All®. For more information, visit bestfriends.org.