COULD HELP REUNITE A LOST ANIMAL WITH ITS OWNER.
digital camera technology - especially on phones with email functions
and web access, you could easily help to reunite a lost animal with
its owner. If
you see an animal wandering the streets that's clearly lost, take
a picture Then log on to LaFAN and
you should be able to find a
local animal rescue web site. Send
them the picture with details to display on their lost and found
ON WHAT YOU SHOULD DO
always carry the details of your local animal rescue centre by adding
them to your phone address book.To do this, visit the lost and found
web page of the animal rescue organisation in your local area, which
should be listed on the LaFAN
Network List. (If it isn't, contact
them and tell them to join LaFAN!) Then take a note of their email
address and add it to your mobile camera. In the event of seeing
what is clearly a lost animal, but which you can't get close enough
to secure, take a picture with your phone and send it
as an email to your local rescue along
with a description and time seen. If you have friends out and about
in the same area, text them with the picture to enable each of you
to update your local rescue of the animal's whereabouts.
MOST LIKELY SCENARIOS WHERE YOU MIGHT COME ACROSS A LOST ANIMAL
- AND HOW TO RESPOND.
In the street ...
dog or cat running loose and looking confused in a busy road.
A lost dog will often walk and run with a sense of urgency - and
quite often in front of traffic, since it wouldn't be used to walking
freely near roads without a lead. A dog running amongst traffic
is a sure sign that it is lost. A cat will hurry along scared and
hide where possible in doorways and cry when approached. Cats in
the street are harder to determine whether they are lost or simply
adventuring around their extended territory, so take your time to
asses the situation.
If you are sure the animal is distressed and lost but you are unable
to get close enough to secure him or her, then take pictures ...
as many as you can. Then send the pictures to your local animal
rescue place, giving them details of where you took the photos,
at what time and in which direction the animal seemed to be travelling.
Also provide any other aspects of the animal's condition which a
picture can't describe.
A lost cat can often spot a compassionate household and will tend
to hang around gardens where they sense a
possible food handout and some reassuring affection. However, they
may be far too scared to get too close. Again, take pictures and
send them to your local rescue organisation for them to post on
their lost and found page. Tell them your location and how long
the animal has been with you.
AND LOST ANIMAL PHOTO-TRACKING
LaFAN (VeggieGlobal and Looking-Glass) concept of Lost Animal Photo-Tracking
has only become a possibility due to the popularity of mobile digital
photography and the internet. LaFAN intends to continually publicize
this new opportunity in finding lost animals. Lost Animal Photo-Tracking
brings hope and reunification for thousands of animals and their
owners each year.