A Human-Animal Bond Over Bad Restaurant Service
Growing up, my father would often tell me that a stranger was simply a friend I had not yet met. He was certainly proved right again last week at the BlogPaws conference I was attending in Tysons Corner Virginia.
I walked into the hotel restaurant for a quick lunch to find not a single staff member in sight. Confused as to whether they were in fact open or closed, I asked a lady sitting at the bar. She had just placed her order but admitted that the service seemed
We got chatting, I sat down next to her and after sending telepathic messages to the kitchen, eventually someone arrived to take my order too.
Well, it took a while. And, in that time, we had truly bonded over the bad service and a friendship was born.
Turned out that Teresa Buyikian is the Senior Public Relations Manager for a Los Angeles based organization called Found Animals Foundation, Inc. a 501(c)(3) private operating foundation led by business and medical experts committed to decreasing the use of euthanasia in shelters.
The organization supports their mission with several programs including adoptions, spay neuter services, non-surgical sterilization research and micro chipping. Teresa was at the conference promoting the organization’s Found Animals Microchip Registry, which, it turns out is a free, non profit service for pet owners, shelters, rescues, and veterinarians.
To explain, pet owners and rescue groups can register any brand of microchip, add pets, and update information for free online. This Registry is revolutionizing the way lost pets are reunited with their families through an automated Found Pet Alerts system. A Found Pet Alert allows humane organizations to instantly contact the pet owner with information on how to pick up their lost pet. As soon as a Found Pet Alert is started, the Found Animals Microchip Registry automatically contacts the pet owner and any emergency contacts via phone, text, and email. The alerts continue for up to four days or until the pet is reunited.
My fur kids are micro chipped by different organizations thus the idea of a registry that worked with all of them had a lot of appeal and I decided to register.
But our discussion set off other bells in my head and I am writing about it in the hope that readers will take my prompt and do the same.
When I got home, I called both registries that my fur kids are linked to, quoted their respective microchip numbers, and waited for THEM to confirm that the numbers did indeed reflect my pets and, further, that all the information they had listed in terms of address and telephone numbers was up to date.
It was! However, since originally setting up their profiles, we have added more cell phone numbers, so I promptly added them to the list too.
It is a huge problem when people adopt pets that have been chipped but don’t follow up to ensure that the pet is properly registered in the database. Not registering them and, further, not updating the information, renders the whole idea of micro chipping useless.
I then set about inspecting their collar tags and found that Fudge’s was very worn and the microchip numbers not really clear. So I ordered her a new one.
Next, I registered them both with the Found Animals Registry www.foundanimals.org and walked away from this task with complete peace of mind.
Thank you Sheraton Premiere for the bad service otherwise I would never have had the opportunity to sit down and chat to Theresa.
Micro chipping is a lost pet’s ticket home. We owe it to our furkids. Please check on your own furkids’ database information, tags and take advantage of a universal registry designed to bring lost pets home – for free.
There are stories in the media everyday of pets being re-united with their people thanks to a tiny little chip the size of a grain of rice. It works.
Now, to quote Nike – “just DO it!”
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