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Owners of missing pets are using social media sites to help find them

By Will Lewis, Reporter, WLewis@wfmz.com
Published On: Jan 07 2013 05:48:32 PM CST

Finding lost pets now a technology exercise

RICHLAND TWP., Pa. -

Pet owners used to put signs on telephone poles when they were looking for a missing animal.

Now a lot of people are getting more tech savvy in their search.

For most people, having their pet run away can be tough.

That is why a lot of people are starting to post pictures of missing pets on social networking sites like Facebook.

“It's the best way to reunite a family member with their family member, their furry family member,” said Lori McCutcheon, president and founder of the Last Chance Ranch.

Workers at the Last Chance Ranch in Richland Township, Bucks County, post pictures of missing animals at the shelter.

They're also on the lookout for friends or people who may be searching via the web.

Workers say there are other options like placing a microchip in your pet but for an animal without it, social media is the next best thing.

"Everybody, mostly everybody is into social media somewhere or another, Facebook or have friends with Facebook," added McCutcheon.  "They'll recognize an animal or they will recognize the person that is missing it and help in one way or another.  It's definitely helpful.”

While some are happy that social media is increasing in helping find missing animals the social media giant may be trying to stop it.

Just this year a group started a petition encouraging Facebook to continue to let animal rescuers and advocates post pictures of lost pets.

“I can't understand why anybody would want to nix that," said McCutcheon. "That makes no sense. It doesn't hurt anybody, it's not a slanderous thing.  It's helping people. It's helping families find their lost pet.”

For now individuals are free to post pictures and hopefully more people will be paying attention to reunite a pets with their owners.