SPCA launches online lost and found site

SPCA online search feature reunites pets and owners.

The B.C. SPCA is launching a new online pet search to make it easier to reunite lost pets with their families.

In addition to photos and descriptions of lost animals in care at all SPCA shelters, pet owners will be able to post their own photos and descriptions of lost and found animals directly on the site.

Lorie Chortyk, general manager of community relations for the B.C. SPCA, said reuniting lost pets with their original families is always a priority.

“Each year, the B.C. SPCA rescues more than 13,000 stray and lost animals,” said Chortyk. “Sadly, many of these animals do not have any form of identification linking them to their guardians and we are unable to reunite them with their families. Although we do find new loving homes for them, our first choice would obviously be to return them to their original family.”

On the new website – www.bcpetsearch.com – every lost animal brought to any shelter in the province will automatically have its picture posted for public viewing online, saving time for owners looking for lost pets.

Users can post a free listing of a missing or found animal, which will become part of a searchable database and can be edited or removed at any time.

For people who have lost a pet, a ‘lost animal’ poster is generated with a photo of the missing pet, the pet’s name and description, the date and location the animal went missing and the guardian’s contact information.

“With Good Samaritans also posting found animals on the site, the chances of reuniting people with their lost pet increases,” said Chortyk. “We know how traumatic it can be to lose a beloved pet, and we believe this exciting new online tool will dramatically increase the number of lost animals who are quickly reunited with their anxious families.”

The B.C. SPCA is launching a new online pet search to make it easier to reunite lost pets with their families.

In addition to photos and descriptions of lost animals in care at all SPCA shelters, pet owners will be able to post their own photos and descriptions of lost and found animals directly on the site.

Lorie Chortyk, general manager of community relations for the B.C. SPCA, said reuniting lost pets with their original families is always a priority.

“Each year, the B.C. SPCA rescues more than 13,000 stray and lost animals,” said Chortyk. “Sadly, many of these animals do not have any form of identification linking them to their guardians and we are unable to reunite them with their families. Although we do find new loving homes for them, our first choice would obviously be to return them to their original family.”

On the new website – www.bcpetsearch.com – every lost animal brought to any shelter in the province will automatically have its picture posted for public viewing online, saving time for owners looking for lost pets.

Users can post a free listing of a missing or found animal, which will become part of a searchable database and can be edited or removed at any time.

For people who have lost a pet, a ‘lost animal’ poster is generated with a photo of the missing pet, the pet’s name and description, the date and location the animal went missing and the guardian’s contact information.

“With Good Samaritans also posting found animals on the site, the chances of reuniting people with their lost pet increases,” said Chortyk. “We know how traumatic it can be to lose a beloved pet, and we believe this exciting new online tool will dramatically increase the number of lost animals who are quickly reunited with their anxious families.”