Frightened by fireworks, sparklers and other July Fourth noisemakers, pets are apt to bolt on and around Independence Day. The Nextdoor.com Pet Directory aims to help them reunite with their owners.
According to PetAmberAlert.com, more pets go missing around the Independence Day than any other time of year. The site says animal control officials across the country see a 30 to 60 percent increase in lost pets each year between July 4 and 6.
The neighborhood social media network Nextdoor.com has come up with a way to help those pets get home.
The Nextdoor Pet Directory allows neighbors to add pet photos and identifying details to a neighborhood directory, building a hub for the community to get to know fellow pet owners and, in times of need, a valuable resource for reuniting lost pets with their families.
How it works:
First, are you a member of Nextdoor.com? Learn more about the site here.
- Click on the Pet Directory icon and add information about a pet, including: photo, name, pet type, breed, color and size.
- Once a pet is added, it is automatically shared with neighbors in the community.
- After adding a pet, pet owners will receive a $25 credit to Rover.com for pet sitting, boarding and walking.
There are more than 1,700 neighborhoods in Northeast Ohio area using Nextdoor.