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Txt "Lost" and Kern County Animal Services will try to help

Posted at 5:49 PM, Feb 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-03 20:49:22-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Losing a pet can be a stressful experience and that's why the Kern County Animal Services is looking to help lost-pet owners with a new program.

Now animal owners who have lost their pets can txt "Lost" to the number 555888. Pet owners will begin receiving text messages immediately that will recommend step-by-step actions that can greatly increase the chances of finding lost pets.

This service will help pet owners by walking them through steps that have been proven to be successful in reuniting owners with lost animals. Once an animal owner opts in to the service, they will immediately begin receiving periodic text messages that include links to:

  • KCAS’ shelter pets
  • Other local animal shelter pets
  • Facebook and Craigslist lost and found pet pages
  • YouTube videos that illustrate best steps to take to find a lost dog or cat
  • Microchip registries
This was an innovative idea that was the brainchild of the Front Street Animal Shelter in Sacramento, and thanks to the Petco Foundation’s support, Kern County is able to implement the same program to help get lost pets back home,
Nick Cullen Director of Animal Services for Kern County.