The giant sucking sound you hear is the hole that opens in your heart when you realize your pet is missing.
If you are well connected on social media, Facebook and Twitter can help you look for your pet. Here’s how to look on Facebook:
Have a digital picture of your pet on your computer. Make it a shot where your pet is easily recognizable. I don’t recommend including people or kids in the shot. You want people to see the pet, not the people. Especially don’t recommend kids in the photo to protect their privacy.
Make sure your Facebook friend lists includes some neighbors who live in your area.
Find Facebook pages of media outlets in your area. WIKY in Evansville, Indiana, posts lost pet photos as a service to its fans. “Like” them. If none in your area offer this service, ask your favorite one if they will.
If your pet disappears, post the picture of your missing pet on your wall. Do this directly in Facebook, not from Hootsuite. You want the link to be sharable.
In the caption area, tell the pet’s name, breed if it helps, any special characteristics, where the pet was lost, and contact info to reach you. If you have a landline and a cell, I would post the landline phone # as you don’t know where this will go.
If a media outlet helps with this in your area, send the photo of your missing pet to them.
Ask your friends to share your photo with their friends, and pray the right person sees the photo. Be sure to ask them to show the picture to everyone in their family at home.
My Facebook friends had a Saturday night drama with a missing dog last night. Digit’s owner posted this photo and the situation. Her drama had a happy ending.
The daughter of a mutual friend of ours, who lives nearby, took her kids in a walk, hoping to see Digit. They spotted Digit, cowering in the doorway of a nearby college fraternity. Digit was terrified, but my friend’s resourceful daughter acted like a Dog Whisperer to calm him and coax him to their home.
Because our friend’s family had seen Digit’s photo on FB, they knew who he was and where he belonged. They, and other friends began posting details of his find on different Facebook walls. By this time, people who knew neither the owner nor Digit were part of the story. We were all glad to read Digit was back home with his happy family.
Another friend posted on my wall that she had posted a photo on FB when her dog disappeared a month ago. A friend saw the photo, was visiting the dog pound, and recognized her lost dog at the pound. Her dog was saved because of a photo on Facebook.
Then a friend shared that she found a lost dog on her porch, posted his photo on FB, and he was returned to his owners. She added, “Facebook saved him.”
If you’re on Twitter, you could do the same with Twitpic and tweets, but that’s another blog.