Social media page reunites lost pets with anxious owners
The heart-ripping fear and sadness that arises when a pet is away without leave spurred Crystal Meyer to take action.
It happened to Meyer’s mother, whose beloved canine strayed for nine months before it was finally found in someone’s backyard on the other side of the city.
Meyer watched her mother suffer until united with her pet and felt compelled to find a way to help.
Meyer’s idea to use social media as a way to locate lost pets spread and now several groups are forming across the Western Slope with her help, Meyer said.
So far, 400 pets and their owners have been reunited through Mesa County Lost and Found Pets, Meyer’s Facebook group page.
The site boasts nearly 2,700 group members.
“We are not Mesa County Animal Control,” Meyer wrote in a Facebook post. “We are simply a group of people in Mesa County (who) have a goal of getting lost pets found and found pets home.”
People who lose pets are encouraged to post a photo and information on the site.
People who are looking for a pet can peruse the page to see if their pet turns up, Meyer said.
The page is crowded with notices from desperate pet owners looking for their loved ones.
“Derrick’s border collie ran off from my camper Sunday, Feb. 9, at 11:45 a.m. She means the world to him and we are desperately praying we find her. Her name is Nala, she is very loving so if she came to your home please, please, please contact him or myself,” one entry read.
Found dogs are also reported at the site.
“This dog was almost hit on Broadway in Redlands. Wouldn’t let us catch it. Roaming around on Broadway and Mockingbird Lane,” one group member posted along with a photograph of the runaway mutt.
If a pet is missing, Meyer encourages group members to post as much information as possible, especially pictures.
“When you lose a pet it is the scariest thing because you don’t know where it may have ended up,” she said.
To access the webpage, search on Facebook for the group “Mesa County lost and found pets.”