It used to be that if you lost your dog, cat, or pet ferret, you’d post a handwritten sign around the neighborhood and hope that Spot or Blackie would be returned soon. Of course, people still post signs, run ads in local papers and check with local animal shelters, but now they also post on Facebook.
Associated Press recently reported that social media is helping people find lost pets–especially in cases of natural disasters.
“So many people are on Facebook. If you have a photo that starts to go viral on a platform like that, somebody sees a pet outside and says, ‘Wait a minute, I saw a picture of that guy somewhere’ and then they pick him up and figure out where he belongs,’” said Michelle Amaral of Birmingham, Alabama, who, along with other animal lovers, set up a web site and Facebook page dedicated to finding missing pets after tornadoes hit Alabama last April. The network has since expanded to include Twitter and Pinterest.
Just do a search for “Lost Pets” on Facebook and you’ll see pages for nearly every region of the country–and beyond. There’s Lost and Found Pets From Texas Wildfires, Lost & Found Pets America, and Animals Lost & Found From the Joplin, Mo. Tornado, to name just a few.
Check out these pictures of missing animals. Do any of these pets look familiar? Scroll through and see.
If you’re an animal lover, don’t forget to check out Babble’s newest blog, Babble Pets.
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