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Darwin Reunited After Five Weeks Thanks To Pet FBI Database

DarwinA Good Sam found Darwin about half a mile away from home two weeks after he went missing. The Good Sam already had five cats and wisely took him to a vet to be tested for common infectious diseases. The tests came out negative but the vet did not scan the stray cat for a microchip and they did not suggest checking the Pet FBI database.

Three more weeks passed and a friend of the Good Sam suggested she check the Pet FBI database. And there he was! He is pictured here with his best friend Amelia who was thrilled to have him back.
Object Lesson: Possibly the vet thought it was the client’s intention to keep the cat, but knowing it was a stray, they should have checked it for a microchip. In fact, Darwin did have a microchip and would have been home three weeks sooner – which would have spared a lot of grief and worry! We strongly recommend microchipping and ID tags BUT they are not a guarantee of recovery. If your pet goes missing, you must use other resources as well!

Pet FBI was founded in Ohio in 1998 and has a very high success rate in Ohio because it is so well known and widely used. We averaged 145 reunions a month for the last three months within a 200 mile radius of Columbus. We went national only a little over a year ago, in May of 2014, but already the Pet FBI database is the largest national lost and found pet database. Please help promote more happy reunions by referring your vet, your groomer, your local pet supply place and shelters to petfbi.org. It’s completely non-commercial and all services are free!

Pet FBI featured on NBC

On May 21 Candice Lee of Columbus Ohio’s NBC4 did a segment on our organization
and how we helped a Dublin Ohio family recover their cat, Leonardo diCatrio. Leo wandered off when the husband let him out at night – contrary to habit – while his wife was in Naples Florida for a few days. We were thrilled with the story and the exposure because the more people who know and use the Pet FBI lost and found pet database (which is national) and the Pet FBI Facebook page (which is for Ohio) – the better the chances of losers and finders connecting with each other and the more happy reunions.

We were delighted when other NBC stations in Mobile, Alabama, Texas, Chicago, New York and Florida, picked up the Pet FBI segment and ran it locally. Since we only went national about a year ago, we need to achieve a critical mass of users outside of Ohio to achieve a similar high level of success. More users = more recoveries. Unfortunately, at some point one of the stations confused the facts and started referring to our founder who was interviewed as “Florida’s Ace Ventura”! (Actually we are based in Columbus, Ohio and Leo went missing in Columbus while his Mom was away in Florida!)

But there is another impression we need to correct. We have been striving since 1998 to make the Pet FBI web site the most comprehensive source of information about lost and found pets. If a search of the lost and found reports at PetFBI.org doesn’t yield a match, you must not stop there! We offer a step-by-step action plan; we inform people about how to identify important contacts like shelters and animal control, We give tips on how to lure a cat back home, or how to approach a stray dog, we provide a template for an effective flyer, and

    we stress that you have to pursue all sources of information,

including other web sites, Craigslist, newspaper classifieds, and various lost and found Facebook pages, including our own.

We are fortunate in having a truly dedicated Ohio Facebook administrator who has won a following of about 19,000 friends. It is true that there is an unofficial network of Pet FBI Ohio Facebook followers who try to help posters by “connecting the dots” (looking at all the various sources of information) but we do not want to give the impression that all you have to do if you lose a pet is post on PetFBI.org or Facebook/PetFBI Ohio and then sit back and wait. Pet FBI strives to provide all the necessary tools for people who lose a pet or find a stray, but it is up to those people to make use of the tools.

We often discover that people will post a lost dog report, for example, but then they neglect to search the found dog reports. Or they stop there and don’t follow the action plan. Sometimes people send us a message “Let me know when you find my cat”! Sorry, it doesn’t work that way! Please, if you have lost or found a pet, take advantage of all the tools we offer and most important, do not give up too soon! Keep checking the database, keep going back to the shelters, renew the flyers and seek out all sources of information.

We are happy to report that in Ohio – where we are best known – the reported recovery rate for cats so far this year (May, 2015) is 54% and for dogs 33%. And it is probable that the rate is even higher because people forget to update their reports once they achieve a happy reunion. SO DO NOT GIVE UP!

Boomba REUNITED thanks to Pet FBI on Facebook!

reunitedboombaBoomba from Clintonville was REUNITED thanks to our Pet FBI Ohio Facebook page!

He was initially posted on our page by his Good Sam when she found him.  He was then posted a few days later when his neighbor posted his Lost Cat flyer on our page.  Thankfully his Good Sam keeps a close eye on our page and immediately contacted his family to let them know he was safe and sound!


Angus REUNITED thanks to Pet FBI Ohio Facebook!

Reunited AngusAngus from Reynoldsburg REUNITED with his family thanks to the Pet FBI Ohio Facebook page!

Angus had been missing for 2 weeks when his Dad asked us to post him again.  This time his post caught the eye of our Pet FBI Ohio friend Amanda who recognized Angus!

Angus had been hanging out in her neighborhood 3 miles away!  The neighborhood had not been on Dad’s radar yet, so he rushed over to distribute flyers.  Within an hour he received the call he had been waiting for!  A Good Sam had been caring for Angus and she said he had made himself right at home.  LOL

REUNITED after 15 days and 3 miles from home!

Issac reunited with family thanks to Pet FBI database!

Kitty reunited with family thanks to Pet FBI databaseIsaac had been missing for 3 weeks and his Mom was beginning to lose hope.

While out of town for July 4 she received a text pic from a Good Sam.  It was Isaac!!

He was found 3.5 miles from home! He was reunited with his family thanks to his Mom filing a report for him on our database and then the Good Sam checking to look for him.


Phil reunited thanks to database!

Phil Phil the cockatiel from Upper Arlington reunited thanks to the Pet FBI database!

Phil had been in the backyard of our Pet FBI Ohio friend Carisa when he decided to land on her arm to really get her attention.  Carisa checked the database in the Lost Bird category and there was Phil’s report that his Mom had filed for him!

After Phil was reunited with his family, he sent us a message via our Pet FBI Ohio Facebook page.  Please see below:

Hi!  My name is Phil. Thanks to a wonderful person who saw me missing on Pet FBI, I have been found and returned to my owner!! I was gone for 4 days in Upper Arlington, but I landed on a nice person who checked Pet FBI and found and returned me to my owner! I was about 3 miles from home. I am so glad to be back home.