BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Three Louisiana-based web designers have volunteered their services to build and launch LostPetsLouisiana.com, a website intended to help reunite displaced pet owners with their pets following the widespread flooding in South Louisiana which impacted more than 40,000 homes.
"It's devastating to lose your home overnight, but losing a pet often means losing a member of your family, too," says Trey Toups, one of the project's founders. "When trying to figure out how we could help our families and others affected by the flood, we found there is a need for a statewide gallery of lost and found pets. A lot of people are searching through random Facebook pages hoping they'll find their missing pets. This puts it all in one place and makes it searchable."
This free service allows individuals and shelters who have FOUND stray pets to:
- Search the website for images and descriptions of lost pets posted by the owners.
- OR submit an online form with a photo and description of each pet, which will be categorized by city, neighborhood, type of animal, sex, color, etc. Submissions are then quickly approved by website moderators and posted to the website, where owners can search for their lost pets.
Pet owners who have LOST a pet can:
- Search the database of found pets.
- OR create a post about their missing pet that shelters or anyone else caring for stray pets can respond to if they believe they have a match.
"We need everyone's help to get the word out," explains web developer Kameron Kilchrist. "Please share this resource with anyone who has lost or found pets, those who are staying in shelters, and people involved in recovery and cleanup efforts. The larger that the database of lost and found pets grows, the greater the chances that these pets will find a way home."
Individuals interested in volunteering can submit their contact information on the website's "How Can I Help?" page. LostPetsLouisiana.com is mobile-friendly, so individuals and families who don't have access to a computer can use the website on smartphones.