When Becky Morris’ black Labrador retriever, Olive, went missing Jan. 17, she posted a picture and information about Olive on her Facebook page. Then, she called the Allen County Animal Rescue Facility and checked their Facebook page. That’s when she saw someone had posted a picture of a dog found near China Palace restaurant, a few blocks from Morris’ home. It was Olive.
“I figured somebody would have seen her or posted on ACARF’s Facebook page about her,” Morris said. “There are usually a lot of missing dogs that turn up found on the page.”
ACARF often uses Facebook to help reunite lost pets with their owners. In addition to the rescue facility’s own posts, they encourage those who have lost or found pets to share their posts on the ACARF page. With about 26,000 followers, chances are someone will recognize the animal. Director Janice Porter and volunteer Robyn Porter, who manages the Facebook page, estimate they post or share information on one to five lost pets each day.