The San Diego Humane Society launched a new tool on Tuesday to help reunite lost pets with their owners in light of the annual commemoration of Change a Pet’s Life Day.
Local nonprofit animal welfare organization launched Lost2Found, a cellphone texting program that provides automated texts with step-by-step instructions to help people search for their missing pets.
Pet owners are sent 28 messages over a 60-day time period, including a comprehensive list of tools, helpful tips, and timely information. The information directs owners to San Diego Humane Society’s website, online groups, and partner organizations.
According to the San Diego Humane Society, one in three pets will become lost at some point in their lives. The nonprofit took in nearly 19,000 stray pets last year, but only 22% of them were reunited with their families.
“Nobody thinks it will happen to them — until it does,” said Dr. Gary Weitzman, president, and CEO of the San Diego Humane Society. “Now, if the unthinkable happens, our new Lost2Found texting platform can help pet parents navigate a very stressful time.”
Individuals whose pet has gone missing may text “LOST” to 858-SAN-LOST (726-5678) to start using the Lost2Found platform. You can also view stray pets who have come into San Diego Humane Society, and find more useful tips — including measures you can take to prevent your pet from getting lost — at sdhumane.org/found<https://www.sdhumane.org/services/lost-and-found/>.