06/28/2023 | Press release | Archived content
Santa Rosa County Animal Services (SRCAS) is proudly joining forces with Petco Love- formerly known as the Petco Foundation, a national non-profit working to lead and inspire change for animals - and animal welfare groups across the country, on a shared mission to help reunite lost pets with their families should they ever go missing. Sadly, according to industry statistics, one in every three pets will go missing in their lifetime.
Petco Love Lost is a new, searchable national database that uses patented facial recognition technology to make finding lost pets quicker and easier. This simple-to-use tool will be easily accessible to participating animal organizations nationwide, as well as any pet parent or person who finds a lost pet. Uploaded photos of a missing dog or cat are immediately scanned to determine whether the lost pet is at a participating shelter or with a neighbor in the community.
"We see firsthand how quickly a pet can go missing, whether they were curious, following a scent, wandered through an open gate or became scared during a storm," said, Randy Lambert, SRCAS Chief. "We work tirelessly to care for pets, whether they're awaiting their forever home or lost and need help getting back to their families. There's nothing more rewarding than reuniting families with their beloved pets and with Petco Love Lost, this adds another tool in the toolbox, and we're confident it can lead to many more happy reunions, right here in Santa Rosa County."
"We know that one in three pets goes missing in their lifetime, an estimated 10 million pets each year, and we're not ok with that," said Petco Love president Susanne Kogut. "That gives us 10 million reasons why we created Petco Love Lost, because we believe nothing is more important than keeping people and pets together for a lifetime of love. Together with AWO, our goal is to keep pets where they belong - at home, with you."
To learn more about SRCAS, visit www.santarosa.fl.gov/animals and follow SRCAnimalServices. If you've lost or found a pet, Petco Love Lost is here to help get them home. Visit petcolovelost.orgor join the conversation @PetcoLoveLost on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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About Santa Rosa County Animal Services
Santa Rosa County Animal Services' mission is to build a society in which every animal is treated with compassion; we provide humane shelter and care for the approximately 3,500 lost, displaced and victimized animals who enter our doors every year. Our services protect animals and educate the community through outreach, intervention, and enforcement.
About Petco Love
Petco Love is a life-changing nonprofit organization that makes communities and pet families closer, stronger, and healthier. Since our founding in 1999 as the Petco Foundation, we've empowered animal welfare organizations by investing $330 million in adoption and other lifesaving efforts. We've helped find loving homes for more than 6.5 million pets in partnership with Petco and organizations nationwide.
Our love for pets drives us to lead with innovation, creating tools animal lovers need to reunite lost pets, and lead with passion, inspiring and mobilizing communities and our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners to drive lifesaving change alongside us. Join us. Visit petcolove.orgor follow on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedInto be part of the lifesaving work we lead every day.
Serving our community, committed to excellence.