Sadly, too many animal lovers have known the heartbreak of having to give up their beloved pet to an animal shelter as a result of losing their home to foreclosure, medical issues that make them incapable of caring for their pet, lack of money to feed and care for their beloved best furry friend or perhaps the animal ran off and was never found by the owner. The void in your heart when you lose your best friend and favorite company is huge and so very painful. Not only do you miss your furry friend but the question of what happened to them and if they’re okay forever haunts you. You desperately need to know that they ended up in a happy, forever loving new home.
But how do you go about finding out what happened to your faithful companion and if they’re okay?
It’s close to impossible unless you happened to give your pet to someone you knew. It’s a huge, painful hole in your heart that never goes away.
Several years ago, at an animal shelter adoption event, I met a small two-year-old dog that resembled a wire-haired black and white Dachshund and I named him ‘Beemer’ – because he cornered so nicely! When I first laid eyes on Beemer I sat down by him and he came over to me and curled up on my lap and my husband said to me “Well, it looks like you’ve been adopted!” and off we went with our new best friend! Beemer was so sweet and loveable and well trained I asked myself how could he have ever ended up for adoption? Beemer was from a rural area of our state and when I asked the animal shelter volunteers about Beemer’s history, they said they’d heard that he’d belonged to an older lady that had loved him but when she became ill, her family members had taken Beemer to the local animal shelter and dumped him off. Oh my! There was a very sweet older woman who not only ended up in a nursing home but had no idea of what happened to her beloved best friend! To me, that was just wrong and needed to be fixed.
This was close to fifteen years ago, but even back then, I did some searching so I could find information about Beemer, I checked the county animal shelter he’d been left at, I looked for databases that connected rescue pets. Nothing. That haunted me. I needed to do something to bridge those people and mend broken hearts. So, I created my company Pet Parents Place (P3) to bring together the past and present owners of rescue animals including dogs, cats, birds and horses – and all for free. On P3’s website you can register your rescue pet that you adopted or perhaps had to give up and hopefully you’ll match up to the pet you’re searching for. This is also a great tool for all the wonderful people that foster animals and then must let them go to their forever home, never knowing how things went and if their little foster buddy is happy and healthy.
Last summer I had a company booth at a local SPCA charity event. A woman came up and ask about my company, its purpose, etc. After I had explained it to her, she told me that she was a child psychologist and one of the main issues she dealt with was the heartbreak of children when they had to give up their pet and never knew what happened to it. She said being able to give them the peace of mind of knowing that their beloved pet was alive and happy would be a huge gift to be able to give these children and asked me to stay in touch.
P3 is a humanitarian-based company with the business model of having advertisers to support the website and all profits going back to rescue groups. If you have ever lost, adopted, or re-homed your pet, consider taking a moment to register your pet and see if you can connect with the past or present owner and mend broken hearts.
Connie Bekavac is the founder of Pet Parents Place (www.petparentsplace.com) a company whose website database is where you can connect with the past or current owner of your rescue pet, including dogs, cats, birds and horses – all for free. Her passion is to give pet parents peace of mind and mend broken hearts by helping the past pet owner find out that their beloved rescue pet is alive, happy and has a good, new forever home.