More Ways to Find Fido

By: Jordan Shefte Email
By: Jordan Shefte Email

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When you lose an animal, typically you begin the process of finding it.

In the past, you probably depended on a flyer posted on a telephone pole or an ad in the newspaper. However with with technology, there are more outlets you can turn to to track down man's best friend.

With options like Facebook and Craigslist available, you might have a little more help with your hunt for Fido.

"I think the unknown is the worst; Not knowing if he's with somebody that's treating him good or if he's been killed," said pet owner Andrea Guerra.

Andrea Guerra's Yorkie, Bailey, has been missing for two weeks now.

"Everyday has been an emotional roller coaster," Guerra said.

When she began her search, she turned to the typical outlets. She hung signs, posted ads in the paper and visited the animal shelter. When all of those came up empty, she turned to her computer.

"I was very surprised, I mean I've never lost a pet before," Guerra said.

Unknown to her, there were a number of websites set up devoted to helping find lost pets in Wichita.

"You get a much broader group of people helping you by using the internet," said Lesa Hiebert, the administrator for the Facebook page called Wichita-Area Lost and Found Pets.

"I was thinking, Facebook is where it's at. Everybody has Facebook," Hiebert said.

She visits approximately 15 lost pet websites almost hourly, then posts links to the missing animals on her page.

"It seems like some people know about Craigslist, some people know about the Facebook app, some people know about the paper but it doesn't seem like everyone knows about the outlets," Guerra said.

Lesa says that close to one hundred pets go missing daily. With more than 1,200 followers on her Facebook page, the canine quest can reach more households and extend beyond the neighborhood.

"We get pets back home daily and a lot less tears," Hiebert said.

Andrea is just hoping to be reunited with Bailer so her tears can turn to happy ones.

"It would just be amazing. It would be the best gift right now for our family," Guerra said. "It just doesn't feel complete without having him."

Andrea says that she has received the most feedback from her ad in the newspaper, but thinks that might just be because people who find dogs don't know there are other places you can look.

She's hoping that by doing this story that more people will become aware of outlets available for missing or found pets.

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