New Way to Find Lost Pets Announced
April 05, 2012
This past December on Lummi Island, a small stretch of land of the coast of Washington, a small puppy named Willie was lost. With freezing temperatures and numerous wild animals on the island, Willie did not stand much of a chance.
The greatest fear of any pet owner is the potential of coming home, only to find that your pet has gone missing. Enter the new company, Nextdoor.
Nextdoor is a free and private social network for neighborhoods, is a great tool for getting the word out that your furry friend is nowhere to be found. Once you and your neighbors are signed up for Nextdoor, all you need to do is simply post on your neighborhood’s page that your pet is missing and those who live near you will be alerted. Nextdoor’s new Urgent Alerts feature even allows your message to be sent straight to your neighbor’s cell phones as a text message, in case they’re not by a computer.
Neighbors on Lummi Island had already set up a Nextdoor site for their community, even before Willie was lost. Because of the site, his owners were quickly able to send out an alert to their neighbors before it was too late, and after numerous reported sightings, Willie was reunited with his owners.
Aside from tracking down missing pets, Nextdoor is also a great way for pet owners in your neighborhood to connect. On Nextdoor you can organize dog walking groups, find a pet sitter for the weekend, and even share photos of your pets with your neighbors! One Nextdoor neighborhood has even put an online photo album on their site of all the dogs in their neighborhood. Visit http://www.nextdoor.com/.
Useful Nextdoor information:
- Nextdoor launched nationwide in October, 2011 and has launched over 1,600 neighborhood websites and is in 46 states.
- Nextdoor is a free online platform that enables neighbors to create private social networks for their neighborhood. Using Nextdoor, neighbors can communicate with each other to build stronger and safer neighborhoods.
- Each neighborhood creates a private Nextdoor website that is accessible only to the residents of that neighborhood.
- Topics of discussion on Nextdoor are as varied as local events, school activities, plumber and babysitter recommendations, recent crime activity, upcoming garage sales and lost pets.
- Every neighbor must verify their home address to ensure that they do in fact live in that neighborhood. This can be done using one of these four methods of the new member's choosing: 1. Postcard with unique code sent to home address 2. Phone call to a listed number registered to home address 3. Credit card billing address which matches home address 4. Invitation from a previously-verified neighbor
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