Website aims to help find lost pets
SOCIAL pet-working is the latest internet craze to help animal lovers track their lost pets.
The website, lostandfoundpets.ie, is designed to tap into all of the major social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter in order to raise awareness of missing pets.
Mass messages are sent out to friends and followers of the website on all social networking sites when a pet goes missing.
The website also designs a downloadable poster for any given lost pet, which can be printed off and distributed.
Amanda Hunt from Clonmel in Co Tipperary had her six-month-old cat Bella go missing during the week before Halloween, and she said she had been "terrified" as to what might happen to her.
"I entered in all the information and the custom poster that they made for me was the key to getting my cat back," she said.
"I printed off about 20 of them and put them up around the area. A little boy who found my cat spotted the picture and told his mother. If it hadn't been for that, we never would have gotten her back -- I'm convinced of that."
Joe Molloy, the founder of the scheme, said they would not be sending messages out randomly as he wants to avoid spamming -- but he is hoping people will "friend" the site and thereby sign up to receive the warnings.
The scheme was launched in June and since then over 450 listings have been posted -- an average of two to three per day. So far, there are more than 600 Facebook fans and around 300 followers on Twitter.