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Technology to Help You Track Your Pets

America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response, or AMBER Alerts, have been in effect since 1996. AMBER Alerts are emergency response systems that circulate information through cell phone alerts, media and road signs about missing children.

But technology is not limited to helping two-legged creatures. Did you know there was an Amber Alert system for your pets? Petamberalert.com lets you send an alert to your immediate area, and have thousands of people on the lookout for your lost pet.

The Pet Amber Alert website explains that it takes three simple steps to recover your lost animal. First, they take the necessary information about your pet, such as name, age, description, location last seen, photos, and your phone number. A professional poster is then created.

Next, neighbors are phone alerted within minutes, and a missing pet poster is faxed and emailed to veterinarians, animal shelters, Animal Control and Neighborhood Watch organizations within 10 to 70 miles of where your pet was last seen.

Step three involves recovering your pet because hundreds to thousands of people in your immediate area will see the animal’s information. Petamberalert.com claims that pets are recovered approximately 75 percent of the time.

But if you think that is the only state-of-the-art way to find a lost pet, think again. You can always look to the Pet FBI.

The Pet FBI website notes that the organization was founded in 1998 by Maresa Fanelli, who came up with an idea to collect a free interactive database online for lost and found pets. Pet FBI was originally based in Ohio, but expanded their database across the U.S. in May 2014. It now covers the U.S., Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

Pet FBI may have been the first lost and found pet site on the Internet. Over 70,000 reports have been added to the Pet FBI database as of January 2016, more than any other national site. Their national success rate is 20 percent.

For further information on a lost furry loved the one you might also consult the Missing Pet Network. You can file your information by the state in which your pet was lost, and add photos. You receive a confirmation email from the network with instructions on how to search for your pet after your information is received.

The Missing Pet Network has been operating since 1994 and was founded by USDA Dr. Jerry DePoyster. The site is organized by state, or by country. It has listings for lost and found notices and searches for resource sites. The USDA Animal Care Office sponsors these volunteers.

Hopefully, your pets never get lost. Since the advent of technology, more people enjoy taking photos of their dog or cat’s daily activities. A campaign on Indiegogo is trying to finance a project that will let your dog become his own director of such a film.

A device known as PawsCam is small and light and attaches easily to a dog’s collar. The device has smart triggering and shoots a short 6-second video if it senses the dog doing such activity as rolling around, jumping, playing or barking. The battery lasts up to 10 days, and can last 4 or 5 days on a single charge.

And yes, your dog’s video will be fit for social media. They are automatically shared to the Cloud and uploaded to your PawsCam timeline.

Your dog or cat is an important member of your family, and with these sites, you can stay more connected with them. But you’ll have to help them open their own social media accounts before they start with their own SnapChat videos.