What our members are saying about Helping Lost Pets



My name is Aubrie Kavanaugh. I manage a humane education website called Paws4Change, I'm a no kill advocate and I do volunteer work for Marshall County Animal Control in Alabama. We started using Helping Lost Pets just a week ago and we already have our first happy ending. A dog was picked up on a Monday. We listed her on the HeLP site that same day and did a "Found" flyer to post on social media. Word spread. In less than 24 hours, a family who had been looking for their stolen dog saw the poster and made contact about her. Tequila made it back home the next day after having been missing from her home for 3 1/2 months. She was found more than 50 miles from home.

I know that not every lost dog will get home this fast and not every story will have this same happy ending. But the value of Helping Lost Pets just cannot be overstated. We know this is an incredible tool for us to both help families post about their post pets and to help animal control personnel and veterinary offices get pets back home where they belong. 

As a no kill advocate, I am painfully aware that most of the animals destroyed in shelters in all but the most progressive of communities are healthy and treatable and are just someone's lost pet. Knowing that we have a new tool in our tool belt to increase return-to-owner rates and avoid the tragic loss of life makes me proud to be part of helping to change lives. These animals may be "just a dog" or "just a cat" to some people. To the people who are looking for them, they are beloved family members and we should do all we can to get them where they belong: home.

Aubrie Kavanaugh


I'm the Director of Lost Dogs of Wisconsin and a co-founder of Lost Dogs of America. In Wisconsin we use the Help system and I can't say enough good things about it. We have been in existence in Wisconsin for almost 6 years and started using the Help system exclusively in January 2014. It allows every lost and found dog to be pulled into one database and has immensely reduced the workload on our volunteers and increased our reunions. The ability for the owner to quickly make and distribute their own flyer is also invaluable. Currently at Lost Dogs of America we have over 25 states participating with a combined total of over 270,000 Facebook fans. The Help system, because it is map -based helps those dogs that may have crossed state lines. It also enables owners and finders of dogs to quickly search the database and potentially make their own matches. If we are going to solve the lost pet problem in America we HAVE to work towards using a central database.

HeLP has the capacity and ability to be that one database that is so desperately needed. I look forward to the day when we can welcome another volunteer group to our network of states. 

Kathy Pobloskie, Co-founder of Lost Dogs of America


I have to give you a compliment on how well this has worked for us. The majority of lost and found reports are now coming through your site. There have been several days I come in, get the email alerts, and then see that dog come in the shelter later in the day. It has helped us more quickly get the dogs out of the shelter and back into homes.

William Wise, Director
Walton Co. Animal Control
Monroe GA. USA


ELOISE is Back Home - A Message from her family

We lost Eloise around midnight on wednesday night. Helping lost pets helped us locate her within 24 hours. We spent most of the day putting posters up around the neighbourhood, but they wouldn't have helped because she was found 3km away.  We were suprised our little dog could travel that far so fast.
We are very grateful for everyone's help.

James, Toronto, ON


ROSIE is Back Home - A Message From Rosie's Family

A good Samaritan picked her up and brought her to the Toronto Humane Society. We received many calls from volunteers saying a matching description to Rosie was at the Humane Society. So many kind people helping! Our daughter has learned a valuable life lesson that their are many kind and caring people in our world. A happy ending! Thank you to all!


I am very happy to tell you about some exciting changes we recently made at Lost Dogs Arizona. We have partnered with HelpingLostPets.com (HeLP) to utilize their website for mapping tools and producing flyers for lost and found dogs. We believe this partnership will result in more lost dogs being reunited in Arizona.

So, if you have a lost or found dog that has not yet been posted on Lost Dogs Arizona or HeLP, complete our Dog Reporting Form: http://www.HelpingLostPets.com/LDAZ. Your dog will be posted on both HeLP and Lost Dogs Arizona.

Julie, Lost Dogs Arizona


Today is why I fight so hard to get the word out about why we need one website where every lost and found pet is listed. Last night I got a call that there was a small lab up at the school about 5 minutes from the house. The finder was letting us know that they were leaving him there because they could not take him home. It has been spotted up in the area for the last few days. I told her to hold on and I would come get him. When I got there, he was in bad shape. Dehydrated, skinny, marks on his legs and just a young pup. I brought him home and got him to the vet today to have him checked out.

So, here I sit today wondering if this is someone's dog that was lost a month or two ago and has been fending for himself in the area or is this one some one dumped. I rode the area, but no signs and no reports at A/C. If there were signs weeks ago, maybe the owners gave up. There is just no way of knowing. But what I do know is this, if we had had this program running in our area at it's full potential months ago and someone had lost him 2 months ago and entered him in the database, he would still be there for me to search for today.

So, Thank you for all that you are doing to help me and pets in Georgia to get Back Home to their families.

Mona, Lost Dogs Georgia

Helping Lost Pets has enabled us to streamline our flyer-making and posting system and concentrate our efforts on what we are really good at, giving people individual support and advice to find their missing dogs. Being map-based, Helping Lost Pets enables our fans, shelter staff, and volunteers to quickly see where a dog has gone missing and what found dogs may possibly match the lost dog. And since lost dogs can travel far and wide, with no regard for borders and boundaries, the map-based system provides a clear visual of where the dog may be, without the restrictions of sorting by city, county or state. I truly believe that the Helping Lost Pets system has the ability to be the ONE database for lost and found pets that is so desperately needed in North America. Since an estimated 40 - 60% of animals in shelters are lost pets, the possibility of saving many more lives can become a reality with the help of HeLP.

Kathy Pobloskie, Director, Lost Dogs of Wisconsin


People talk about No Kill, Helping Lost Pets is making that happen by providing free, quality flyers that are the most important tool to get lost animals home.

Marilyn Knapp Litt, Director, Lost Dogs of Texas


"Helping Lost Pets is an extremely valuable tool for our staff to let owners know about found pets in our shelter.  Our shelter can be difficult for some people to get to if they don't drive or live on the far side of the City.  Not all owners can regularly visit the shelter so this website is an easy tool for them to use to see what animals are in our care.  The website alleviates the number of people calling us to find out if their pet is in the shelter.  Helping Lost Pets also allows pet owners to take control of the search for their pet, leaving more time for shelter staff to perform other duties.

Helping Lost Pets has been continuously working to improve the website and add features like the Android App.  If our shelter had built our own on-line Lost & Found system, it would have only provided the basics and would not be as robust as this website is."

Karen Edwards, City of Hamilton, Animal Services


**Lost for 2 days -- Back Home within 1 Hour of listing on Helping Lost Pets**

NOTE FROM Good Samaritan who found the two dogs
Both Rob from helping lost pets and Deb from helping Goldens provided invaluable assistance in discovering the link between the lost and found dogs. Their quick and caring actions via e-mail made reuniting the dogs with their owners possible.

NOTE FROM owner about his dogs
Just wanted to thank the folks at helpinglostpets.com. Within literally less than an hour of posting a profile of my two lost dogs, I received information through this site that ultimately brought our pets home. I was amazed, I will keep their profiles up to date and recommend this site to everyone. Truely a great tool for all pet owners. Keep up the good work.
Best Regards, Doug Harold, Harley, Ontario.


I just wanted to share this wonderful news with the group. Miracles do happen! A wee ferret, named Mico was missing for 6 weeks. During the course of the conversation with the lady who found this ferret, I was rambling thru the usual resources to check for lost pet listings: SPCA, Animal Control, and then it hit me ... Helping Lost Pets! It isn't just for dogs and cats!
I remembered that Help had forwarded 2 LOST FERRET postings to me what seemed like months ago. Lo and behold, I checked the Helping Lost Pets website and a match was made.
A huge thanks to Rob & all of the Help members for this awesome resource.   

This ferret is now happily reunited with his owner. 

I know that I'll be spreading the word about the value of using the Helping Lost Pets website to all of my contacts.

N. Muldoon

I urge every pet owner and animal lover to join the HeLP social network, whose goal is to protect our pets when they need it the most…when they are lost and we aren't there to protect them! I firmly believe that a social network is the best way to protect and find our pets when they get lost. The more members HeLP has, the faster we will be able to get our pets home if they ever get lost.

Please join the HeLP social network. If Bentley ever gets lost again, I will feel better knowing that you were keeping a lookout for him. If your pet ever goes missing within 50 km of me, I will immediately be notified that your pet is lost, and will aid the other members of the HeLP social network in my area and be on the lookout for your pet!

Just imagine how fast the HeLP social network could get a pet home if everyone was looking for that pet… 

I highly recommend pre-registering your pets. Losing a pet can be a very traumatic experience. Once registered, you can change your pet's status from Safe to Lost with the click of a button. When you continue your search, you will know that others are HeLPing watch for your pet too! The ability to protect our pets and the pets of others is within our reach. I'm in!
Bentley’s Best Friend


A situation came up yesterday that really made me stop and think about how imporant Helping Lost Pets website is.  I get email alerts of lost pets in my area and thought I saw one that was lost.  It wasn't the dog in question, unfortunately, but can you imagine if it had been?  How incredible would that have been?

There are so many pets that need be rescued and I am thrilled to be part of the HeLP network so that more found pets can get back home. For every found pet that gets home, it means one less pet taking a spot in a shelter or a place in a foster home. I look at every pet alert that comes from the website to my email and my phone. This truly is a great thing having lost pet emails come right to my phone instantly. If you haven’t yet joined the website, please do.

You can help more pets get home.
LOYAL Rescue



I just want to thank your website for helping Thomas get home-after 35 days!!!! A nice couple found him in an area VERY far from home, went on your site, and BAM! They personally delivered him to me on Sunday night. A friend told me it's a miracle, I said no....it's HelpingLostPets.com!!!

Hamilton, ON


Dear Helping Lost Pets,

This is an email I wasn't sure I was ever going to write.  Thank you so much for your help in returning our beloved Jude back home to us.  The last two days were very hard.  We are so grateful that Jude is back with us, healthy, safe and happy.  Not all stories that start off as ours did, end happily.  Thank you and your wonderful website.

Hamilton, ON


After posting our missing Boxer on www.helpinglostpets.com, I was so thankful for the immediate response and support we received from so many people. We were very thankful that the person who found our dog, drove to our area after seeing the location on your map. He found us in the area putting up posters. I cannot thank you enough for helping us find him, and so quickly!!!!!!
Volunteer pet rescuer
Napanee, Canada


A cat which had been missing for 2 months in Englehart was found and returned safely home as a direct result of the missing cat being posted on Helping Lost Pets.  The post was shared and within a day or two the cat was recognized by the person who had found her.  Cat and family had a happy reunion.
Anne Kennedy

Helping Homeless Pets Volunteer


I know first hand how HeLP works as it truly worked like a charm for a foster dog in our rescue that was stolen.  We listed him on the site immediately, and we created the poster which is what people used to share on FB, Twitter etc. The volunteers in the area put up posters in the area and faxed to shelters and vet clinics.  It was quick and easy and it helped bring our boy home!!!!!
Cherie Barlow


You  are doing a great service for lost pets! Keep up the good work! We tell all our clients about you.
Bonnie McCririe Hale


We love the Helping Lost Pets website. We're doing our best to get those in our area, signed up and registered with you. Your site is amazing! Thank you so much for all that you do.
Laura B


Dusty is home! Turns out he was not lost but stolen and sold on Kijjii! The posters from the website helped so much...we sent then to every vet office/shelter and he was recognized which helped for him to be found and brought home.


Just wanted to say that now that I have a new computer your website features work great, and I found it really practical and easy to browse! Great job!
Lost and Found Pets in Los Angeles Metro Area


Thanks again for your help, it's so important for people to feel like they have a family of pet lovers who'll have an eye open for their loved one. Take care and keep up the good work!

Marcia : )


I just wanted to thank Helping Lost Pets, I had a lost dog profile come into my email from your website and I knew I had recognized the dog through another site and was able to contact the owner and let her know that her dog had been found. The dog is now home safe and sound thanks to this wonderful new organization that is only going to grow bigger and better with help from you. I will continue to use this and get the word out and look forward to seeing more dogs reunited with their loved ones.


If it wasn't for Helping Lost Pets website, my friend most likely would never have found her dog! Thanks for making a difference


Fortunately Fuzzy came home in the middle of the night two days later. Unfortunately I was unaware of HLP when looking for FUZZY. Helping Lost Pets would have saved me a day of frustration trying to get help from pet shelters, Humane Soc. etc.--- HLP's assistance is unbelievable. When I first visited it I was sure that it must be some sort of scam. I'm going to pass it on to my friends with pets.
Thanks for HLP. KM


Thank you so much for the service you provide. I have located the owner for the German Shorthair Pointer that I had listed with you as found.




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