Regional Animal Services of King County has joined with Missing Pet Partnership to train volunteers for the "Mission Reunite: Help and Hope for Lost Pets" program.
A training session will be held Saturday, March 24 from 1 - 3 p.m. at the King County Pet Adoption Center, 21615 64th Ave. S. in Kent.
MPP founder Kat Albrecht has been involved in tracking down missing pets since 1997, and founded MPP in 2001. Through the collaborative effort with MPP, RASKC volunteers will be trained to offer hands-on assistance to pet owners who have lost a dog or cat. Volunteers will also be trained to help people who come into the Pet Adoption Center looking for their missing pet, and to find the owners of lost pets that have already been picked up by RASKC.
Sarah Luthens, manager of volunteer programs for RASKC, says nationally, only 16 percent of lost dogs, and just two percent of lost cats, are ever reunited with their owners.
"The Mission Reunite program is a highly innovative, volunteer-based program that can improve those odds and re-connect lost pets with their families," she said.
If you are interested in becoming a Mission Reunite volunteer should RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 206-296-3946. For those who complete the March 24 training, a follow-up "hands-on" session is planned for March 31.
Luthens says it's also important for people to license and microchip their dog or cat.
"A pet that is licensed and microchipped has a much better chance of being reunited with its owner," said Luthens.
For more information about pet licensing, volunteering for RASKC, or adopting a pet, visit www.kingcounty.gov/pets or call 206-296-PETS (7387).