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Lost & Found Friday – Feb 21, how serious are you about finding your lost pet?

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The Lost & Found Friday column networks displaced pets from Ohio areas north of Columbus. To see pets lost and found all throughout the state of Ohio, please visit Lost & Found Ohio Pets on Facebook.

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Please be sure to view the photos and details in the list attached to each article.

If you have lost your pet or found a stray animal, please contact the Cleveland Pets Examiner or Lost & Found Ohio Pets with all of the information. The more information the better! Be sure to include date missing, area last seen, pet’s name – age – breed – and other distinguishing characteristics. Don't forget to provide contact information and a photo.

Today's Tip: don't let privacy concerns stand in the way of finding your pet

Lost & Found Ohio Pets recommends that if you are a person concerned about Internet privacy, you will need to make some concessions if you are serious about finding your lost pet. The administrators of the page are very conscientious about their role in helping pet owners find their missing pets, and have had to make some changes to the page's policies for posting. L&FOP will no longer network animals where a Facebook profile page is the only contact, or Craigslist posts that only provide a Craigslist filtered email address.

One of the biggest hurdles in networking pets is when a pet owner (or stray pet finder) is reluctant to provide an email address or phone number contact. Some people are so concerned about privacy, they only want to provide their Facebook profile page for contact or an email address with a Craigslist filter.

Since establishing their lost and found service last year, the administrators say they have tried many times to reach people who ask to be contacted via Facebook messaging, and they have only been successful in getting a response about 5% of the time. Because of Facebook's privacy settings, if one Facebook user sends a message to another and they are not linked as 'friends', the message routes to the users 'other' folder – a folder that most Facebook users don't check, and that many don't even know exists. With Craigslist filters, if a post is removed for any reason, the avenue of contact is broken.

It's pointless to ask others to network your pet if you are not willing to make yourself completely accessible to receiving and providing information. L&FOP suggests that if you are concerned about privacy, it's simple enough to create an email address on yahoo or gmail for this purpose only, and delete the account after the pet is found.

Please remember, when a lost & found service asks you to provide information, it's because they want you to have the best chance of being reunited with your pet. L&FOP administrator, Annie Weddle, explains“We are trying to help you, so please help yourself by giving information and working with us.”

The lost and found pets that appear in these articles want to be reunited with their families, and their families are looking for them! Remember, the found pets here that end up in shelters will only get a three day hold grace period, and after that they can be euthanized! If you see a pet in the list that is missing from your area, please keep on the lookout, and please continue to share with your friends.

The Cleveland Pets Examiner runs a Lost & Found Friday column each week. Check the list every Friday here in the Cleveland Pets column and share it with others who you think may be able to help or network the information.

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The Cleveland Pets examiner covers news from Akron, Canton, Cleveland, Elyria, Grafton, Hudson, Kent, Lorain, Medina, Mentor, Ravenna, and all of the Cleveland suburbs. Please send your Greater Cleveland pet news to: yelodoggie@yahoo.com.

To view all recent articles, simply click Ariel Wulff highlighted in blue at the top of this article - a full listing of articles will be shown. You can also follow Wulff on Twitter @yelodoggie

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