A new automated text messaging program called Lost2Found guides owners through the entire process of finding a lost pet when they text the word, "STRAYS" to 555-888.
Stanislaus County â€“ Lost2Found is a successful new program to increase lost pets reunited with their owners. A large problem owners face is lack of knowledge. When pet owners lose a pet, it is an emotional stressful situation coupled with lack of knowledge. Lost2Found will provide knowledge of lost pet behavior, evidence-based strategies, and links to shelters in the area. Simply by texting the word â€œSTRAYSâ€ to 555-888.
The new solution is an automated text messaging program called Lost2Found. When a pet owner texts the word â€œSTRAYSâ€ to 555-888, they are guided through the entire process of finding a lost pet, from links to view pets on local sheltersâ€™ websites to in-depth video tutorials. This is a result of the PETCO Foundation awarding a grant to Front Street Animal Shelter to ensure program development, which can easily be replicated across the country to increase more pets are reunited. The shelter will be distributing a magnet with the text messaging information everywhere to educate the public.
â€œWe are excited to try a new solution to help pets be united with owners. We want the community to remember they have lost pet resources available to assist in the reunification of their family member,â€ stated Annette Patton, Executive Director of Stanislaus Animal Services.
Stanislaus Animal Services Agency hopes that the combination of lost resources will lead to higher return-to-owner rate, reuniting more families and creating much needed kennel space for the animals that truly need to be here. Stanislaus Animal Services Agency continues to reinvent animal services with new methods to save lives. Please continue to help our community as we want to continue to move forward with life-saving efforts and reuniting pets with owners in Stanislaus County.
Stanislaus Animal Services Agency is located at 3647 Cornucopia Way, Modesto and can be reached at 209-342-1740 for questions related to the program.