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'No Lost Pets': New online tool helps owners find lost pets

by Tami Hoey

Video report by Javier Soto

Posted on September 4, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 4 at 5:57 PM

PHOENIX -- Each year, Maricopa County Animal Care & Control (MCACC) takes in thousands of stray animals. But very few of those dogs and cats were reunited with their owners.

But now, pet owners have a new tool available that will help them track down a lost animal.

Maricopa County Animal Care & Control is offering an interactive mapping tool, which allows owners to search for their pets online, via www.nolostpetsmaricopa.org.

This innovative tool is the first of its kind among animal control agencies in the United States. Pet owners who have lost their animal simply go online and click on the link to the mapping too.

The "No Lost Pets" map allows users to perform various searches, including entering the cross streets of where their pet was last seen, entering a home address, or, by using GPS to determine an owner’s current location and searching from that point.

The map contains a series of circles and triangles. Circles represent dogs and triangles represent cats that have been picked up by MCACC Animal Control Officers. Pet owners can click on any circle/triangle in their designated search area.

Once a circle/triangle is clicked, a window opens to display the date and address where the animal was picked up, breed description, and in many cases, a photo.

There is also an Animal ID number, which MCACC assigns to each animal in its care. If owners identifies their dog or cat, they can call MCACC and learn which Animal Care Center is housing their pet.

“This tool is a great use of technology, not just for people, but also for their pets. We’re proud that Maricopa County Animal Care & Control continues to find innovative ways to help our community,” commented Maricopa County Board Supervisor Andy Kunasek.

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