Lost Pets IOW – A Facebook group dedicated to reuniting pets and owners

Island residents have worked hard to create a Facebook group which has so far assisted over 200 residents in finding their lost pets – Lost Pets IOW.

Lost Pets dog

Lost Pets IOW is a Facebook page which focuses on reuniting pets with their Isle of Wight owners by providing a forum for Islanders to post their lost and found pets.

Founded by Lindsay Mould and managed by a dedicated group of admins; Shirleyann Jones, Jacqui Arnett-Jones, Mark Haxell, Emma Urry, and Vicky Mould. The group administrators work hard to provide advice and comfort to distressed owners, and help to showcase images and descriptions of pets that have gone missing on the Island. The group is very busy, with more posts added each day, and has become an initial reference point for Islanders who have lost or found animals.

Happy Endings
The appeals on the group range from cats and dogs through to tortoises and parrots, the odd bird of prey and even, in one case, a lost lamb. The success of the group is undeniable, as seen by their ‘Happy Endings’ tab – which updates group members on the outcome of many cases.

At the beginning of this month a grey Cockatiel was found in the Priory Bay Hotel in Seaview and returned safely to his worried owner – all due to the efforts of those posting on the Lost Pets IOW page. The page has so far managed to reunite over 200 pets with their owners, and this number continues to grow each day.

Missing Pet Advice
The group, which currently has 1,811 members, posts advice alongside the ‘lost and founds’ about what to do when you fear your pet may be lost or if you have found an animal, including the numbers to call straight away, and ways to best write your ‘missing pet’ advert.

They have even made a template ‘Lost Animal’ poster, so that owners can quickly download, fill in the details and print off a poster to display in their local area. The Facebook group now has the support of all of the rescue centres; Island Roads; Dog Wardens; and Island media outlets.

Administrators
Administrator Jacqui Arnett-Jones works very hard to ensure that she does everything she can to assist people posting on the group,

“I became a member of lost pets ten months ago, not because I had lost a pet, but wanted to help in some way. I have several pets myself and would be devastated if any went walkabout.

“With over 200 happy endings, the group is not only for reuniting; it gives hope and support to members. When it started no one knew what to do when losing or finding an animal and now 80% of members know what to do and who to call because of the information we provide.”

Members
It’s not just the administrators that make the group special. It’s also the general public who keep their eye out for animals posted on the group and offer kind and helpful support to each other.

Jacqui recognises that the members often go beyond the ordinary call of duty to help others, and that’s what makes the group so successful.

Birthday Wishes
Jacqui has a birthday coming up on 27th August, and her birthday wish is for the Lost Pets IOW Facebook group to reach 2,000 members by that date.

The more people that can get involved, the more animals the group are likely to be able to reunite with their owners, so if you are an animal lover head over to Lost Pets IOW and join today.

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Tuesday, 13th August, 2013 4:35pm

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7 Comments

  1. Ed Mew's comment is rated +1 Vote +1 Vote -1

    13.Aug.2013 9:15pm

    This is such a great site, I would urge anyone with pets, lost pets or even just to help people find their pets to join this site. The more people that can keep an eye out for a lost pet, the better the chance they may be found.

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    6.Nov.2013 2:40pm

    I think that there is a lost cat wandering around Edinburgh Close next to Cowes Primary School. I first saw him/her yesterday morning walking around looking lost and seeming to be very afraid of any cars that went past. The cat is a very light tan and white colour but has no collar. If anyone is missing a cat of this description please go to Edinburgh Close to see if it is still there.

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      18.Mar.2014 12:01pm

      Wendy Hannam has lost her black spaniel pup in Bembridge – called “Pye” (22 months old). if anyone has information please contact her on mobile 07903 549837.

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    22.Mar.2014 1:02pm

    Wendy Hannam has recovered “Pye”, her black spaniel pup. Many thanks to everyone who helped support her rescue. She was caught in a barbed wire fence underneath Culver Down for 2.5 days. After a trip to the vet all is now well. Thank you Sally Perry for posting the tweet and facebook messages.

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    25.Mar.2014 8:28am

    My 7 month old kitten has been missing since monday morning, she is not used to being out so will be nervous. I live in the oakfield/ elmfield area. She is a very small cat, brown and beige tortie, I think she is probably hiding somewhere, she is very much missed and loved.

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