Missing pets Web site launched by county | VailDaily.com

Missing pets Web site launched by county

Veronica Whitney

When Patricia Andrews lost her dog, Sally, in December, she posted it in the paper and on posters around the Vail Valley. Sally, a 2-year-old black and brown Labrador and rottweiler mix had wondered off while Andrews was shoveling her driveway in Bellyache Ridge.Although Sally had a collar with tags, Andrews never found her. She got some calls from people who said they thought they’d seen her, but that was it.Last weekend, however, Andrews heard about something that might help with her search. She logged on to Eagle County’s Web site and registered Sally on a new site that lets people post descriptions of pets they’ve either found or lost, along with phone numbers and other contact information. “I wish we had had this Web site six months ago, it would have been a good way to communicate quickly,” said Andrews, who posted a notice about Sally on Monday. “This will be a more effective way than the paper. When you lose a dog you hope people will look in the paper and the posters. But Eagle County is bigger than the Vail Valley area. Sally could have wondered to Basalt.”So far, there are 18 pets -two dogs and 16 cats, whose owners live in Basalt, Carbondale, Minturn, Vail, Eagle and Avon- posted on the lost and found site. As of Wednesday, two dogs, two cats and a bird have been found. “Our main goal is to find good homes for the shelter animals and return animals to their owners as soon as possible,” said Deb Brown, animal control director for Eagle County.The site lets owners of lost pets and those who’ve found them input information immediately. Visitors to the Web site also will have the opportunity to view photos and read about all of the animals currently at the shelter who are available for adoption.Andrews said she still hopes to find Sally with the help of the new search system provided by the county. “She’s known for wondering with hikers,” she said. “I’m still not over it. I don’t know what happened to her.”We need to get the word out to people about this new Web site,” she added.Veronica Whitney can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 454 or at vwhitney@vaildaily.com.

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