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A Resource Fur You: Lost Pets FBI (Found By Internet)

Posted on May 29, 2015 by Lisa Ricard Claro   12 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

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Pet FBI (lost Pets Found By Internet) is one of the coolest things I’ve linked to in a while. And to think this has been around since 1998! Pet FBI is the brainchild of Maresa Fanelli, a retired French professor who thought there should be a way to garner community involvement to find lost pets. Ms. Fanelli created an interactive online database where people can call out to others via the internet for help in finding their lost fur-babies. Take a look at just one of thousands of happy-ending stories (and you know how I love happily-ever-after):

If you’ve ever lost a pet companion, then you know how devastating it can be. How wonderful that there are organizations like this one that want to help reunite you with your fur-baby. Here’s some general info right from the Pet FBI website:

“As of January 2014 over 41,000 reports have been submitted to the Pet FBI database, making it the most comprehensive source of information about lost and found pets in Ohio.

Currently, about 35% of dogs and 25% of cats are reported as reunited with their guardians. But we are certain that the rate of happy reunions is actually much higher because many people do not bother to update their reports and others simply delete it.

Over the years we have had many requests to expand our database to cover other states. Now we have put our fifteen years of experience to work to create the new bigger, better, faster Pet FBI! We were fortunate in recruiting a volunteer professional database programmer and a volunteer web site designer to help us.

Now we have a state-of-the art database that covers the entire U.S. As well as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.”

Nonprofit Pet FBI is assigned tax-free status by the IRS and operates through the generosity of volunteers. The Pet FBI website and services are non-commercial and free for every user.

Hopefully, you won’t ever need to use the services of this organization, but it probably wouldn’t hurt to save the website in your browser bookmarks. If you have dogs and cats that you love and protect, this is an internet resource you’ll want to keep.

Enjoy your weekend, y’all!

See you Monday for Pawsitive Pondering!



12 Responses to "A Resource Fur You: Lost Pets FBI (Found By Internet)"

  1. Comment by Claudia
    May 29, 2015 at 11:32 am  

    I can’t imagine losing a pet…it makes me shudder to think of it as Biscuit is of a nature to RUN if she found an open spot!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      May 29, 2015 at 3:22 pm  

      My cat, Spooky, ran away while we were on vacation and a neighbor was looking after him. I was so heartbroken. Wish this had been around then.

  2. Comment by Theresa Sanders
    May 29, 2015 at 12:03 pm  

    What a great idea. Pet FBI must be a comfort to anyone who has lost (and hopefully found) a pet. Thanks for the information — and happy weekend!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      May 29, 2015 at 3:23 pm  

      Same to you, Theresa!

  3. Comment by ButtonsMom2003
    May 29, 2015 at 1:28 pm  

    I lived in Columbus (where PetFBI was founded according to their website) for 57 years before moving and never heard of this! I can’t believe they were never featured on local TV or that I missed it if they were. What a great service. I have been fortunate to never lose a pet but I have found a couple (many, many years ago) and a service like this would have been great.

    Thank you for sharing this Lisa!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      May 29, 2015 at 3:24 pm  

      You bet! I thought it was a wonderful idea.

  4. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    May 30, 2015 at 7:04 am  

    My granddaughter’s dog was stolen, and she used a similar website, and was reconnected with him the same day. This is a wonderful service.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      June 1, 2015 at 8:21 pm  

      So glad she experienced a happy-ever-after, Linda!

  5. Comment by Tammy
    May 30, 2015 at 10:27 pm  

    Great post and great idea. Although I have to admit that the name “Leonardo Dicatrio” made it hard for me to read for a while. And he just looks like a Leonardo Dicatrio, doesn’t he?

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      June 1, 2015 at 8:24 pm  

      Agreed. Great name. Kind of like your late Great Catsby. 🙂 Clever AND adorable.

  6. Comment by Maresa Fanelli
    June 1, 2015 at 12:01 pm  

    Thanks for referring people to Pet FBI! We have limited resources and we do not spend them on marketing. We support local spay/neuter/TNR/rescue groups. We depend on “word of mouth” rather than advertising. The Columbus TV spot was great exposure and was picked up by other NBC affiliate stations including NBC Chicago and NYC and Mobile AL. More users = more happy reunions. So please tell your friends and family! Pet FBI is one of the very few strictly non-commercial lost and found pet sites and – at the risk of sounding like we are bragging – it is the oldest and best. (Just compare and see for yourself) Thanks for your help in spreading the word through this wonderful blog!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      June 1, 2015 at 8:27 pm  

      Hi Maresa – Thanks for taking the time to comment. I’m happy to help spread the word! I like that your service is completely non-commercial, and I applaud you for recognizing the power of the internet back in ’98. Great service you’re offering. I’m happy to be a mouthpiece. 🙂

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