|Who we are and what we do
The MPN is a group of volunteers sponsored by the USDA Animal Care
Office, who help people find missing pet animals. We accept no money,
make no endorsements, and use no advertising on our MPN web pages.
Information on MPN
How to post a listing
Please use the forms available through the directory
page to post your listing if at all possible.
Listings posted using the forms are more likely to include the most relevant
information and will not have to wait for a human to format and post them.
The most effective listings for a lost animal give the following
Where the animal was lost:
A minimum is state, county, (not country), city, and street name, with cross streets. The name
of your housing development is not enough.
When the animal was lost:
Please give the date, and a general time of day, if known.
A description of the animal, including color and markings:
Please be sure to include age, approximate size and/or weight and sex.
Giving a breed or species name is not enough. Not everyone knows what a
conyer looks like and or what color your mean when you say a dog is blue
or a cat is red. Be sure to mention if the animal was wearing tags or is
tattooed or microchipped. We will not put the id numbers on the web page.
You must include contact information. Your name, phone # & email
are required. We strongly prefer to hear from the actual owner of the animal,
and we do require the actual owner's name, phone number and email address
if they have one as well as that of any contact person.
The circumstances of how your animal was lost can be helpful, for instance,
if your dog was frightened by fireworks, he may have spent quite a while
running. If your animal mats easily, or likes to roll in the mud, that
may help. If you are offering a reward, this is where it would be
Munhall (Allegheny County), VA:
Lost dog: Taffy, a small, brown shaggy terrier was lost in the 800
block of Maple Street, between Pine and Elm, about 7 PM on Sunday, December
20, 1998. He ran out the door during a thunderstorm and we couldn't find
him. He is about 25 Lbs and is wearing a blue nylon quick-release collar
with a license tag from Douglas County, a rabies tag from the Animal Medical
Center, and a blue bone shaped ID tag with his name and our phone number
on it. Taffy is microchipped, and tattooed on the inside of one thigh.
Taffy's coat mats in the rain if he is not brushed out immediately, so
he may look scruffy and uncared for.We will pay a REWARD for information
leading to Taffy's safe return home.
Please contact: Rose, phone: 402-555-1212 email: email@example.com
Listings sent by email must be formatted by a volunteer before they can be added and may
take a day or two to post. Please use the forms available through the directory
page to post your listing if at all possible. Your listing will be automatically formatted to work with
our database through the forms and will be posted immediately and available to a search.
including instructions for posting your listing. Please see the example
listing for help in writing your listing and suggestions for
what to include.
If you cannot use the forms, send your listing to the MPN volunteer listed on the directory
page for the state or country where your pet went missing or contact
the host for that state. Each state in the US also has an email address consisting of
the US postal abbreviation for that state and "@missingpet.net." If you
cannot use the forms and there is no contact listed for that state, please
send your listing to the general
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