FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: How do I submit a lost, found or wandering pet to the Lost Pets of Omaha Area Facebook page?
A: Head to our front page and select the post that you would like to make

Q: Can I submit the information without having my phone number published on-line?
A: Yes, that is okay. If your pet is lost or has been found, then you have two choices. A phone number is quick and easy way to get in touch. However, just as with any public facing page, scammers often grab phone number for a number a nefarious reasons. If you do put a post up with a phone number and we learn that a pet in a post has been re-united, we do try to go back and remove the phone numbers from the post. If you choose not to have your number shown, you must watch the comments frequently for any leads. People can try to message you, but if they are not your Facebook friend, there is no notice that they messaged you. You have to go look for those messages.

Q: What else can I do to find my lost pet?
A: After posting to the Lost Pets of Omaha Area Facebook page, you should begin to put up signs in the area in which your pet is lost. Signage has been proven to be the most effective way to raise awareness. Signs should be VERY simple with big letters so that people driving by are able to read them easily from their vehicle. A simple, but effective sign would just have the word LOST in large letters, a clear photo, and your phone number in large numbers. If you sign has more than that, people will not pay attention to it. Next, be sure to look at our Search Tips page.

Q: How do I get access to the services provided by Lost Pets of Omaha Area?
A: All reasonable requests to have a pet posted on our Facebook page will be granted. Requests for extra services such as traps, signage, drone services, trail cams, etc. are dependent on two things. 1) Our volunteers are focused on keeping up the Facebook page and so have very limited time. 2) Searches and traps are only effective if a pet has been spotted in the same general area over a few days. Please message us with requests

Q: I found a lost pet. I would like to get it scanned for a chip to find its owner?
A: A pet that has a chip can be re-united very quickly. Most vet offices, Nebraska Humane Society and PetsMart will scan a pet with no appointment or cost. If none of those options work for you, contact our page administrators via Facebook messenger. One of our page administrators may be able to stop by to scan the pet if they have time and are nearby. 

Q: I found a pet that nobody has claimed. May I keep it?
A: It is illegal to rehome a found pet. You must place a found report with Nebraska Humane Society. You may hold the pet for 30 days after that report is filed while doing everything possible to find its owner… posting fliers, having the pet scanned for a chip, posting on lost pet pages, posting on neighborhood pages. If you can not hold the pet for 30 days it needs to be turned in to NHS. If the owner is not found in the 30 day hold period you can then keep the pet or find it a good home.
NOTE: You can be fined for not following these Nebraska Humane Society guidelines. 

Q. Why won’t Lost Pets of Omaha post my pet as stolen?
A. We are more than willing to list a pet as stolen, but only if you provide a police report proving that you reported it as stolen. Over the years, countless people have reported pets as stolen and almost 99% of the time, a police report is never provided to us, and the dog is suddenly found.

Q. Why can’t I have a reward posted on the Lost Pets site for finding my pet?
A. We never post rewards for finding a lost pet. In our past experience, posting a reward for a dog often results in dozens of people out driving around looking for the pet and/or chasing the pet in the hopes of easy money. All that does is to cause the pet to hide better, run farther away or run into traffic. We have personally seen chases that result in tragedy when the dog runs into traffic. Second, the crazies may begin to call you, asking you to meet them to get your pet, knowing that you have brought reward money with you. You might get robbed or worse. Also, people are now stealing pets, hoping that a reward will be posted. Easy money. 

Q. Why does just a Facebook page need donations?
A. We are not “just” a Facebook page. We have many other service offerings. Those don’t get used as much because we are short on volunteers. For a complete explanation, see our financials page for our annual report