Suffolk County announces new lost pet network to reunite owners with missing pets
Suffolk County Sheriff Errol Toulon, Jr. was joined by Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter and Suffolk County SPCA Chief Roy Gross to announce the new program.
It will provide participating owners with a printed ID card and registered animals will be added to a database designed to help locate missing animals quickly.
“As Suffolk County Sheriff, my priority is keeping residents safe, and that extends to the four-legged members of our communities,” Toulon said. “The Sheriff’s Lost Pet Network will help deputy sheriffs and other city partners quickly and safely locate missing resident pets using an ID-based database. I look forward to embark on this new program which will hopefully bring more dogs and cats back to their loving families.”
The American Humane Society estimates that each year approximately 10 million pets are lost in the United States and, tragically, only 15% of dogs and 2% of cats in shelters without microchips are reunited with their owners.
Until now, Suffolk County did not have a central method for people to report missing animals and get the information out to the necessary channels. Suffolk pet owners can now protect their pets from becoming extinct by registering with the Sheriff’s Lost Pet Network to receive a free physical ID card and be added to the pet database. sheriff’s pets.
If a registered pet goes missing, the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office will send an alert and share identifying information with deputy sheriffs and local municipalities. Any listed pets that go missing will also be posted on a designated website and on the Sheriff’s social media pages.
“This is another valuable tool that can help pet owners when locating a lost pet,” Carpenter said. “We commend Sheriff Toulon for creating this worthwhile program and look forward to its success.”
In order to participate, residents will need to fill out a brief form and provide a clear picture of their pet. Information collected will include race, address, contact details and any medical needs.
The information will be stored in a secure database, which will help the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office alert the appropriate stakeholders if an animal goes missing. Each animal is assigned a unique number (on the animal’s ID card) which will be linked to the database so that the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office can quickly disseminate accurate identifying information about the animal. missing animal and help return the animal to its owner quickly and safely.
After registration, residents can pick up a physical copy of the ID card at the Sheriff’s Civil Enforcement Office at 360 Yaphank Ave. For more information on how to register or to view missing animals, visit SuffolkSheriff.com.
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