Milan city council has opened a website for posting appeals about missing pets. Launched on World Animals Day, St Francis of Assisi’s feast day, the “notice-board” is in the form of a blog where owners can post details of their missing cat, dog or canary, including photos and details of the city zone where the pet was last seen.
The blog, called TrovaMI, is already filling up with posts not only from owners who have lost their pet, but also from residents who have found a lost animal and hope to reunite it with its owner. And there are already the first happy reports of pets reunited with their families through the blog. No need to be an internet whiz – the blog is designed to be easy to use. Simply click on the link “Aggiungi una segnalazione” (“Add a report”) and your computer should open a pre-addressed email form containing hints on what information to include and what to leave out, and a reminder to attach a photo if you have one available. Click “send”, and your post will be published automatically.
The blog is just one page of the new website of the Ombudsman for Animals which reports on all the activity of the ombudsman’s office. “Losing your pet can be a real trauma,” says city councillor Chiara Bisconti, “and we hope this new blog will help our citizens. Keeping a cat or a dog plays a decisive role in people’s quality of life, and with this blog we hope we have provided a little help.”