|Updated: 7/25/2012 11:35 pm
||Published: 6/03/2012 3:03 pm
LITTLE ROCK, AR-- Pets are part of the family and when they are lost or missing, it can be devastating.
Andi Sims' pet went missing recently and stayed gone for days.
"It's such a hopeless and helpless feeling. You want to do something, but you don't know what to do," said Sims.
So she gave out flyers, offering a reward and even visiting nearby vet's offices. After that, she turned to social media.
"I posted it on Facebook. I posted it on Craig's List. I put that we had lost our dog on Twitter," said Sims.
A friend who saw her post about the missing dog saw another post about one that was found, connecting the dots and the dog. This is just one of many ways pets are being reunited, which is becoming a growing trend.
Petfinder.com says more than two million pets disappeared last year and less than ten percent made their way back home.
Pet expert, Charlotte Reed, claims companies are hoping to change that by bringing high tech options to animal lovers.
For example, the tagg gps system.
"It's attached to your pet's collar and it will you track your pet in real time," said pet lifestlye expert Charlotte Reed.
So you'll get a text or email when your pet leaves the zone you designed, as long as the collar remains on. There's also a collar that uses QR codes.
You just register your pet online, then order an ID tag.
"So, if someone has the phone app, they can scan the tag and find out all about your pet. Also, there's Amber Alerts for pets where you can actually upload your data, pay a fee and they'll do all of the legwork for you," said Reed.
With animal theft becoming an issue around the country, the American Kennel Club says it still prefers micro-chipping, which is embedded under the animal's skin.
So if your dog is taken, act quickly.
"Notify the police. Tell them the dog has a microchip. Put flyers up around the neighborhood," said American Kennel Club spokesperson Lisa Peterson.
Web sites dedicated to missing pets also help and no matter what, don't give up hope.