Manual For Pet FBI “Special Agents”

Lost and Found Pet Reports are scattered everywhere!

That makes it hard for people who have lost a pet to connect with the people who have found it. Our goal at Pet FBI is to consolidate as many lost / found pet reports on our database as possible.

The Pet FBI lost pet database is the largest and easiest to use national database online. Just compare with others and see if you don’t agree. But there are still many other web sites where there may be reports we do not have.

Your job as a Pet FBI Special Agent is to try to find corresponding reports from a variety of sources. For example:  a lost dog report on Pet FBI and a Found Dog report for what seems to be the same dog on a Facebook page. Most people who have lost a pet are so distressed they cannot think straight or they are too busy out looking that they post their report in only one or two places and they never consider any others. That’s why they need help from volunteers like you who are clear-headed and methodical.

Here’s a list of places to check for lost and found pet reports:

  1. Craigslist.com (check daily)  – Check both “Lost and Found” and the “Pets” section. People post lost and found pets in both categories. You could also contact the poster and refer them to Pet FBI.
  2. Lost and Found Facebook pages – you will have to research these by doing a search for your area
  3. Your local Humane Society and Shelter Facebook pages
  4. Your local shelter’s web page and perhaps their own database – if they post intakes
  5. HomeAgain.com – Sign up for notifications of pets lost in your area that have a HomeAgain microchip
  6. PetKey.com – Sign up for notifications from various microchip companies
  7. Pawboost.com – Will send notifications of postings from individuals
  8. Helpinglostpets.com – Will also send out notifications
  9. Lostmydoggie.com – Also sends out alerts

Unless you have a very good memory – you will have to work out a system to keep track. You could cut and paste reports into a file on your computer and sort by “cat”, “dog”, etc.

To be most effective you should limit yourself to a well-defined area: your city, or your county, for example.

Ideally, there would be one huge central database where all the information is in one place, just as there is a national registry of stolen cars. Realistically, there will always be multiple sources of information. BUT – as the Pet FBI database becomes more and more well known and widely used, the odds for finding a lost pet will get better and better and it will be faster and easier for people to recover their pets.

As part of your job as special agent, you should encourage people to submit their lost or found report to Pet FBI. When they do they will receive automatic alerts of possible  matching reports. The Automatic Alerts work for 90 days and they cover all possible matches for a 100 mile radius of the zip code used in their report.

Another advantage of using PetFBI.org is that the site provides great tips and comprehensive step-by-step advice. Best of all – there are NO FEES. Every feature is absolutely free – which is not the case with many of the sites above.  Also, since Pet FBI is non-profit we can refer people to all other sources of information.

As a Special Agents you will need to work out a system for yourself and be keep at it regularly. But your work will be well rewarded when you are discover the information that will get a lost pet back home.