Being prepared will help find lost pets
| Posted: Wednesday, Aug 07, 2013 12:23 pm
For those who have lost a cat or seen a cat:
Itís been a long time since I had a pet run off 40 years ago, all one could do was put an ad in the paper, posters in the neighbourhood and physically search. Even then it took a week to find a 170-pound friendly St. Bernard. With the advent of the internet and a multitude of pet finding sites, you would think it would be easier Ė possibly, but perhaps more frustrating. I never knew how many found cats looked like my recent rescue. What I do realize now, is that a catís face is like a fingerprint. The lines are similar but slight changes in line direction, thickness and colour make all the difference in identification. When someone posts a picture of a found pet (or lost) where it is at the end of a hallway, behind a feeding dish, blurry, dark, low resolution, what have youÖ it makes identification almost impossible and one canít go to see every one of these, especially if they are found at quite a distance. My suggestion would be to get the best clearest picture you have of the body and, in the corner of that picture insert a close up of the face. Some sites allow you to post only one picture so this helps. One more suggestion, get a good picture right now for your file if you donít already have one. Itís amazing how many pictures you can take of your pet and almost none are close ups and cropping the picture only lowers the resolution. If this is done, I believe the excellent and empathic people who run these lost and found sites and organizations could benefit by expedited returns.
MD of Foothills