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LOST ANIMAL PHOTO-TRACKING

YOUR MOBILE PHONE CAMERA COULD HELP REUNITE A LOST ANIMAL WITH ITS OWNER.

With 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 page.

MORE DETAILS ON WHAT YOU SHOULD DO

First, 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.

THE MOST LIKELY SCENARIOS WHERE YOU MIGHT COME ACROSS A LOST ANIMAL - AND HOW TO RESPOND.

In the street ...

A 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.

At home ...

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.

LaFAN AND LOST ANIMAL PHOTO-TRACKING

The 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.

 

 

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