“Bud,” a dog, was reunited with his anxious owners and became the 500th pet posted at WinterParkLostPets.com to find his way safely home with the help of this free website service. “Leopard” the cat, and a rabbit, were also both reunited over the Thanksgiving weekend.
In announcing the 500th reunited pet, WinterParkLostPets.com co-founders Shelley Heistand and Judy Charuhas said the community focus of their website attributes greatly to its success. “If you lose a pet in Winter Park, it is likely that it will be found or seen by someone in Winter Park. By keeping our focus local, we have been able to achieve this success.”
The website includes an online photo listing of lost and found pets, checklists for what pet owners can do if their pet is missing and what citizens can do if they find a wandering pet, plus an option for producing a printable custom flyer of a lost/found pet. The website also has a list of local veterinarians, a pet-events calendar, and other community resources.
Key to the success of WinterParkLostPet.com is its e-mail alert service. Residents of Winter Park and neighboring communities can sign up at the website to receive e-mail alerts that are sent when a pet is missing and when a wandering pet is found.
“A community service website is only successful if people use it,” said Ms Heistand and Ms Charuhas. “We are extremely thankful for the support of our neighborhood pet patrollers, community residents, businesses, civic leaders and city service personnel. Together we have all helped to create 500 ‘happy endings’ for some very special pets and their families.”
www.WinterParkLostPets.com is a free public service for posting lost and found pets in Winter Park, Florida. Founded in 2009 and voted “Best Lost/Found Pet Website” by dogster.com, the website has helped 500 pets find their way home. The website’s award-winning template is now available to other communities. For information on purchasing the template, e-mail Judy Charuhas at: firstname.lastname@example.org.