YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – It is a pet owner’s worst nightmare when their dog or cat goes missing, but the Internet can help them in their search.
Animal Charity office manager Shalyse Bolash said that social media is a big help when it comes to spreading the word of a missing cat or dog. While most still post fliers at areas around town, others are making their own websites and using advertisements like billboards to help them reunite with their pets.
“They will call all over the place, put fliers up, there’s a ton of different websites you can go to. They will even put up billboards. There’s a couple billboards, like the missing cat Sammy, just about anything to find their pets,” Bolash said.
Sammy the 8-year-old cat has been missing since the end of October.
“He’s part of our family,” said Judy Levy.
Brad and Judy Levy are taking extreme measures to try to bring Sammy home, including the website findsammy.com, listings on other websites, fliers, and other forms of advertising, including several large billboards.
They are offering a $1,000 reward for Sammy’s return.
But Bolash said social media actually may be more effective when it comes to finding missing pets.
“What’s really nice is with social media you can share your pictures, you can even go into our Facebook page and then you know, with our groups, all the people that we are friends with, it gets shared all over the place. One share could turn into 20 or 30 and that way, you are reaching out to more people,” she said.
A microchip inserted under a pet’s skin also can help bring animals back home.
“Dogs can slip out of collars, cats generally don’t have collars, or tags can fall off. This is in them forever,” Bolash said.
Another option is tags with Q-R codes that can be scanned with a Smartphone for contact information.