We are happy to announce we have expanded to Vancouver. Be sure to let your friends and family in Vancouver know about @YVRLostPets and help reunite lost pets with their parents in Vancouver.
As we enter year two of #YYCLostPet, we want to thank all of our great followers for their contributions to help reunite lost pets with their parents in #YYC. In our first year we have 532 followers, and have distributed over 736 tweets about lost pets in Calgary. As we enter year two of #YYCLostPet, we remind all our great followers to take a moment to retweet lost pet tweets when you see them… you never know when this simple action can be the difference between a pet being found or remaining lost.
Another point we would like to reiterate as we enter year two is to ensure that everyone is using all available channels to find their lost pets. Be sure to put signs in your neighborhood, contact the City of Calgary Animal Services, post to Facebook, Twitter, wherever you can think of to ensure you are exhausting every possible avenue to find your lost pet. Also, remember that when you choose social media routes such as Twitter, be mindful of what you are Tweeting, and ensure it is retweetable content. Date, Name, Breed, Last Seen, Contact are the most important pieces of information. Also, be sure to add the #YYC hashtag to get your message out to the city.
We hope year two of #YYCLostPet is just as rewarding as the first, and hope you continue to share our tweets with your followers. If you do have any success stories using social media or #YYCLostPet, be sure to share them so others can be prepared with great ideas in case the time ever comes when they are trying to find their lost pet.
LOST DOG in bearspaw nw. calgary area feb 12,2011
If Found Please Contact:
Size / Weight: Small / 7.0 Date of Birth: Aug 12, 2007
Coat Type: Short Smooth Coat Pattern: not entered
Coat Color: Fawn
Breed: 100% Chihuahua
Identification: YES (Tattoo)
Visible Markings: tatoo in ear
Date Lost: Feb 12, 2011
Last Seen: (bearspaw) calgary, Alberta, Canada
Circumstances: got scared in the wind storm and ran
Entering into year two of YYCLostPet, we wanted to start out by thanking our over 450 followers for their retweets, and messages thanking us for helping out lost pets in YYC. This year we hope to start development on an iPhone app that will make spreading the word about your lost pets even easier for you.
If you want to get involved with the YYCLostPet project, send us an email or a message on twitter and we will be sure to get back to you. Have a great year and keep those pets warm during the cold winter months. And remember, YYCLostPet is a supplementary service. Always follow the traditional routes of finding your lost pet, and be sure to have your best friends registered with the city.
[Update: Foster found] Temporary foster care needed for a dog and cat in #YYC (via Inn from the Cold)
Foster care family needed for a dog and cat for a family at the Emergency Family Shelter: (read below)
“A new family arrived to our Emergency Family Shelter yesterday evening with their 2 pets (a cat and dog). They obviously cannot have the animals in the shelter for health and sanitation reasons but really do not want to have to surrender their pets during their temporary stay at the Shelter. We are looking for anyone willing to temporarily shelter these 2 animals, either together or separate. The family, including their kids, would be so, so grateful for this help.”
Please let me know if you are able to lend a animal-loving hand.
Manager, Volunteer Resources
Inn from the Cold
P: 403.263.8384 ext 224
#106, 110 – 11 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0X5
@YYCLostPet started with a simple idea… people will retweet anything; jokes, a funny saying, the current weather, links, tips, and so on. This idea was what made us think “of course they will retweet lost pets”, it’s a real living thing that is missing. #YYC, you haven’t let us down. Our great followers have kept on retweeting lost pet tweets for almost half a year now, and our numbers have grown to over 315 followers in that time. In June, we were the #4 most retweeted local user after only the major media outlets (Thanks @mastermaq Click here for stats)
The retweet is key to us. Following us is a great way to show your support, but a retweet is what actually makes the service work. So the next time you see one of our lost pet tweets, be sure to take a second to hit the retweet button… you never know who might have info to help reunite a lost pet with their parents… it could be one of your followers. And remember, @YYCLostPet is a completely free service.
So our question is, do you retweet?
Post to YYCLostPet:
I am hoping someone can help me,
On Monday June 28th @ 10:30am my male Siberian Husky was let out of my yard in the Forest Lawn area of Calgary.
He is a grey and white, intact male with brown eyes. At the time of his disappearance he was wearing a green and blue plaid collar with his city of Calgary license on it. He has a tattoo in his right ear 225 20U.
Please feel free to cross post,
Any information can be directed to:
I miss my boy and desperately want him back.
Dog found in Springbank Area of Calgary. Please email or retweet this ad to your followers. Dog is in good condition, trained. Owner John Johnson cannot be reached.
From Ad: View Full ad on Kijiji
As part of our initial plan, our hope is to have this service across Canada in various cities to help reunite as many lost pets with their parents as possible. With @YEGLostPet (http://yeglostpet.wordpress.com) and @YYZLostPet (http://yyzlostpet.wordpress.com) we now have service set up in another two major Canadian cities, Edmonton and Toronto!
Why expand outside of YYCLostPet?
Having standard sites across Canada helps pet owners everywhere have a familiar way of finding lost pets. Using the airport code and LostPet, you can spread the word easier, and help reunite more lost pets with their parents.
Will this affect YYCLostPet?
Not at all. We will continue to help reunite lost pets with their parents!
What does someone do when they love dogs, and have a dog that’s hard to see at dusk and dawn on walks? They start a small business to bring an innovative product to dog owners in Canada.
A Toronto dog owner has just launched the Glowdoggie™, which is a waterproof LED supplementary collar for your dog, that makes your loved one highly visible at the dog park, at the cottage or just walking the city streets. The Glowdoggie™ is pretty simple technology at the core, comes with a two-year warranty, and is visible from hundreds of meters away. Visit the site and let us know what you think of this new safety product.
From the website: http://www.glowdoggie.ca
“The Glowdoggie™ patented “all-in-the-tube” design means no external parts that can break off, no bulky battery packs, no manual switches that can accidentally be turned off just when you need to see your dog most. This also guarantees that the product is completely, 100% waterproof. Your dogs can swim, submerge themselves in the cool lakes they so love, and the LEDs will shine just as surely as during a casual stroll in the rain. It’s perfect for Canada’s varied and often extreme weather conditions, particularly in the dark days of Fall and Winter. The Glowdoggie™ is used by German Search&Rescue dogs and has even proven itself in the intense challenge of the 2010 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race across Alaska.
The Glowdoggie™ is virtually indestructible. It has no moveable parts. Nothing that can ever really break. It has a patented, built-in sensor that automatically turns the LEDs ON when the battery assembly is facing downwards, and OFF when the batteries are facing upwards. It’s as simple and as simply advanced as that.”
If you know of more great safety products for dogs, please send them along to us. YYCLostPet is committed to helping reunite lost pets with their owners, and are pleased to spread the word about any products that help keep our pets from getting lost in the first place.