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New Lost and Found Pet Map Helps Owners Find Pets Faster

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The Michigan Partnership of Animal Welfare (MPAW) has created a new Lost and Found Pet Map on their website. 

The purpose of this tool is to help pet-owners and pet-finders around the state locate the registered animal shelters that hold pets for state-mandated stray holding periods.  

"Losing a pet is a frightening experience," said Linda Reider, Director of Statewide Initiatives for the Michigan Humane Society. "People who lose a pet often do not know where to begin looking. And holding on to a lost pet instead of reporting or taking the animal to the correct shelter can significantly delay or even prevent people from finding lost pets. Our new online map makes it easy to locate the closest shelters that house lost pets, so that owners know where to look and finders know where to take a stray."

MPAW's Lost and Found Pet Map helps reduce confusion for pet-owners and pet-finders. 

People missing animals should check shelters in person daily to see if their lost pet is turned in. 

It is recommended that all pets have signs of ownership such as a collar and tag, or microchip. Animals with identification are held at shelters for a minimum of 7 days. Pets without ID are held for a minimum of 4 days. Indoor-only pets are most-frequently found without identification making it more difficult to be reunited with owner. 

Michigan state law mandates that people who find lost pets report them immediately to the registered hold facility in their area. This map shows pet-finders where to bring the animal. 

The MPAW website also offers information for those who are interested in welfare of animals across the state or volunteering.  The website has weekly blogs, job postings, state legislation updates, events, and training opportunities. 

The Michigan Partnership for Animal Welfare (MPAW), founded by the Michigan Humane Society in 2004, is a collaboration of animal welfare organizations from around the state with a goal of working together for the good of the animals in Michigan.

The Michigan Humane Society is the largest and oldest animal welfare organization in the state. MHS works to end companion animal homelessness, provide the highest quality service and compassion to the animals entrusted to our care, and to be a leader in promoting humane values. For more information, visit the website. The link is provided above.