Finding lost pets: New ways to help reunite with lost animals

PHOENIX - Losing your pet and not being able to find him or her is every pet owner's worst nightmare. 

Thankfully, there are some new ways (that don't cost a dime) that could help link you and your pet sooner than ever before. 

Christine Bidgood with Lost Dogs Arizona showed us a new tool at Maricopa County Animal Care and Control known as PetHarbor.com. It's a huge database where she and other volunteers and input information about lost and found dogs and cats across Maricopa County. 

The best part is: it's totally free. 

"Every time I'm helping an owner locate a pet," explains Bidgood, "I am providing them hope." 

According to the MCACC website, their shelters take in 35,000 pets each year

Before contacting MCACC, Bidgood says it's a good idea to call your pet's microchip company if they have one so you can report them lost or stolen. 

From there, Bidgood takes down some information that could help find your pet a little easier. 

Free apps are out there also, like Finding Rover. This app uses push alerts and even face recognition to help you find Fido. 

PawBoost is another app that pet owners can use for free. 

If you suspect your pet has been stolen, it's a good idea to call police, but also make sure you're looking on your own for your lost pet.

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