This MAS webcam grab shows part of the stray dog area which is off limits to potential adopters. If you want to find out about the very cute dog visible in this shot, you must contact MAS and hope your e-mail gets read and responded to by someone there. Or you could call but generally people report getting no results via phone.
But there may be hope on the horizon for the dogs in the stray area. MAS has long had the capability of seamlessly interfacing their Chameleon software with PetHarbor to list their incoming pets online. This is one of the improvements advocates have been requesting in order to help owners find lost pets and help more pets get adopted.
This week, it looks as if MAS may be moving in that direction because their listings on PetHarbor have increased dramatically. They don’t yet have a link to get you directly there from the MAS site but if you go to PetHarbor and navigate through to the MAS list, you will find 273 dogs listed under the “I lost my pet” category. The first couple pages are clearly outdated listings from 2009 and 2010 but after that, you see more current listings. There aren’t any photos at this time but I’m hoping those will be coming soon. The “lost cats” category has 4 pages worth of listings with the first page being outdated (2010). Hopefully photos will be added there as well.
If you have difficulty locating the lost pets category and search instead for adoptable dogs, you will only see 1 listing (adoptable cats=zero). You want to click on the graphic that says “I lost my pet” and then search for either dogs or cats to see the new listings.
This is a good step in the right direction and, assuming there is follow through to add photos, add adoptable pets, and include a direct link to the listings on the MAS website, I believe this could help save more pets. What I don’t know – and if anyone does know, please chime in – is if someone sees a stray dog listed online and is interested in adopting the dog, would they be allowed access to the stray area in order to meet the pet in person?
I am very excited at the prospect of MAS getting all its pets listed online and will be watching to see how things develop. Thank you for listening to the concerns of pet advocates and taking this step MAS!