Return To Home Challenge

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  • 1.  Huddle #2 - Return to home polices & lost/found techniques are marketed to the community and technology is used to reunite pets and owners

    Posted 17 days ago
    Updated 9/15 at 12:05pm - Recording is now available


    Join us for the second huddle of the Return to Home challenge today Wednesday, September 14 at 12pm PT/3pm ET! The huddle will consist of a 20-minute presentation followed by a 30 minute Q&A.


    Holly Reycraft (Castle of Dreams Animal Rescue Inc.), @Aldwin Roman CAWA (Charleston Animal Society) and Stefani Buzzard (Contra Costa County Animal Services) will be presenting on the following Return to Home practices:

    3. Return to Home polices and lost/found techniques are marketed to the community
    • Website contains content about importance of microchipping and registration,
      including information about checking registration bi-annually
    • Website contains content about how to find lost animals
    • Website contains content about how to report lost and found animals
    • Website contains report/list of lost and found animals (or posted to social media
      if unable to do so on website)
    • Magnets and business cards with info for lost animals are distributed to the
      community
    • Animals used in organization's marketing and communications have visible
      identification (collar/tags)
    • Marketing campaigns are launched around Return to Home as the best outcome
      for the animal

    6. Technology is used to help reunite pets and owners
    • Skip-tracing subscriptions help locate people who have moved or changed phone
      numbers
    • Social media is searched for lost pet posts
    • Owners are called, texted, emailed, contacted via social media or visited in
      person
    • Adoptimize software is used to create clear, accurate photos of lost pets to
      increase chances of reunions
    • Administrators of the local lost and found pet pages are partners in reunification
    • Maximize use of Petco Love Lost to help reunite pets and owners​​
    Register now for all challenge Zoom huddles: https://maddies.fund/RTHChallengeRegistration

    If you're unable to join us live today, the recording will be uploaded to this thread!


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    Charlotte Otero
    Community Strategist at Maddie's Fund
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  • 2.  RE: Huddle #2 - Return to home polices & lost/found techniques are marketed to the community and technology is used to reunite pets and owners

    Posted 15 days ago
    Thank you Maddie's for giving me the opportunity to speak about Petco Love Lost, a free national registry for lost and found pets that uses facial recognition technology to reunite pets with the owners. The more shelters sign up and the more the community is educated on this amazing FREE tool the more animals get back home faster.

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    Aldwin Roman
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  • 3.  RE: Huddle #2 - Return to home polices & lost/found techniques are marketed to the community and technology is used to reunite pets and owners

    Posted 14 days ago

    Thank you so much for the opportunity to share this new technology! I hope more shelters can make the switch from paper Lost and Found reporting to online reporting, allowing for instant access by the public and a more efficient and automated notification system. I was happy to also speak to our use of QR codes to direct traffic to our website and our partnership with PetHub.com, an interactive ID tag that has replaced our engraved license tags, and allows pet owners to create a free pet profile with their contact info, or opt-in to premium options that include perks like Found Pet GPS tracking that will alert a pet owner not only WHEN a tag's QR code  is scanned, but WHERE a tag QR code was scanned! Keep up the great work!

    Stefani Buzzard

    Contra Costa Animal Services



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    Stefani buzzard
    Volunteer Coordinator
    Contra Costa Animal Services
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    CCASlostandfound.pdf   1.50 MB 1 version


  • 4.  RE: Huddle #2 - Return to home polices & lost/found techniques are marketed to the community and technology is used to reunite pets and owners

    Posted 3 days ago
    This is some very cool technology! I am going to do some research here because if we can get pet owners tools that are more effective, they're going to be better set up for success when the unimaginable happens!

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    Dyanna Uchiek
    Portsmouth Humane Society
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  • 5.  RE: Huddle #2 - Return to home polices & lost/found techniques are marketed to the community and technology is used to reunite pets and owners

    Posted 13 days ago
    Thank you for having me present in the  huddle this year! Also, thank you for all the questions, and for those who also reached out to me after the meeting. I wish you all the best of luck in the rigorous journey to increasing your RTH numbers.

    Here is the slide deck (with minimal notes, apologies)
    https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1yf3TMLcIDMuVosToEE4tC1WeIAxgolOBFNT8Cm8zXZs/edit?usp=sharing

    Attached a pdf version of the slide deck if you can't view the google link, and the two legal agreements that finder-fosters must sign (the medical agreement is specifically for dog fosters only).

    Here is a link to the page that we have all finder-fosters fill out to register: https://www.oaklandanimalservices.org/finder-foster-program/

    Best,

    Scotty Graham

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    Scotty Graham
    Friends of Oakland Animal Services
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    fosteragreement.pdf   243 KB 1 version
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    medical agreement.pdf   95 KB 1 version