There’s nothing so bad as losing one’s dog.
I was recently contacted by John Brooks. He writes of himself:
John Brooks loves animals from the core of his heart. Whenever he gets time, he tries to write regarding animal health & condition so that all pet lovers like you don’t fall in any hazardous situation.
He went on to explain that:
One day, Findshadow helped me to find my lost dog. So that I wrote about Findshadow.
So with no further ado, here is John’s post.
What Is Findshadow How It Can Help You Find Your Missing Dog
Dog owners share a lot of the same grievances, annoyances, and frustrations. From getting up to your pet barking in the wee hours of the night to cleaning up after your dog’s mess during walks around the neighborhood, raising and taking care of a pet comes with a host of responsibilities. And with those responsibilities come work, and with work comes grievance, annoyance, and frustration.
However, one of the worst, most gut-wrenching feelings that dog owners can relate to is the moment you realize your dog is missing. After searching every room, backtracking to the park you were at with your dog in the morning, asking your neighbors if they have seen them and posting flyers on every telephone you can find, the hopelessness begins to set in.
Luckily for you, Findshadow, a free app that helps dog owners locate their missing companions, is harnessing the power of community and technology to reunite you with your lost pets. And it is doing a pretty darn good job.
So, what is Findshadow? It is is a free smartphone app that walks owners who have lost their pets step-by-step through the process of finding their dogs.
The app offers a wide array of services and tips for their users, all for free. First, you post your lost or found dog to the community. Then, the app gives you a completely personalized, step-by-step plan on how to use the app and other resources to locate your dog. While you may think of some of these steps yourself, you’ll be surprised how thorough the process can be.
After going through these first introductory steps, you can use Findshadow to print or download personalized street flyers. Although posting your pup to the community in-app will definitely increase visibility far more than strictly putting up posters, having physical images of your dog around the neighborhood will still help you get in front of a demographic that doesn’t have Findshadow downloaded.
You can share your post on social media to easily reach friends and family. With just the three aforementioned features, Findshadow has already allowed you to reach three different populations: Findshadow users, people in your neighborhood and your connections on social media.
Getting your dog’s photo in front of as many people as possible is the recipe to success for finding your dog as quickly as possible. The more people who see it, regardless if they use Findshadow or not, the more people who will be able to identify your pet if they see it.
Findshadow also has a nifty feature that makes it easier to contact nearby shelters to ask if they have seen your dog. Even if you don’t directly contact shelters yourself, Findshadow volunteers can help snap pictures of dogs in shelters and send them to you in-app to see if they match.
The sense of community behind Findshadow is powerful. Past users of Findshadow who have successfully been reunited with their dog because of the app give back to the community by becoming active volunteers. This creates a culture where owners are helping each other out. Every dog is considered important.
The interface of the app is easy-to-use and allows users to quickly switch between different features and services. You can browse through found dog listings to double-check posts to see if someone on Findshadow has already found your dog.
The amount of positive reviews and testimonials from dog owners who gush over the app is well-justified. The app has reunited countless owners with their dogs, oftentimes within the same day they went missing.
Even if you haven’t lost your dog, it is a great app to have downloaded just in case something does come up.
This is the essence of blogging and sharing.
I hadn’t heard of Findshadow before now but will surely put the app on my phone.
Here’s the link to the FindShadow website.
13 thoughts on “FindShadow to the rescue!”
Thanks for this, Paul! It is good to know this app exists. I hope I never have to use it.
I feel the same as you, Susan. A great application but one that we really hope we never have to use.
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Local good news story: a little dog (11 years old) lost in our street weeks ago was found yesterday!
John, would this app have made a difference? But great news anyway!
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Maybe. We have a good local FB network here, but even that didn’t help. It did help with a cat we rescued just last week. We found her on top of our vined wall, with Bella below wanting to have some breakfast. Got her down, brought her into my office, got the word out, and 30 minutes later the phone rang. Thank the Gods!
BTW, Bella is off to the vet in a few minutes. She was vomiting blood last night, which I only found this morning, and wasn’t up for her morning walk… which is really worrying. 10.40 was the first appointment we could get. Off now… Fingers crossed.
Fingers very tightly crossed, John. All the best.
This App is a very good idea, Paul. I could wish for such one in Europe too and I would like it to cover cats too. I do often see flyers, where both cats and dogs are missing.
Is it just for North America? I really hadn’t thought of that. Perhaps it will spread both to cat and internationally. John may be reading these comments and reply himself.
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When I visited their website, I could only see about US. Yes, let us hope it will spread internationally.
I sent an email to John querying the cats & international question. This is his reply;
Thanks for your email. Actually I’m not sure about whether it’s available outside of the US or not. But it will definitely work for cats too.
This is what I found on their website:
FindShadow is a community with a mission to reunite dogs and mend hearts. If you or someone you know has lost or found a dog in LA County or greater NYC/NJ, download our app to get help from this incredible dog-loving community. We’re 100% free to use thanks to the generosity of people like you.