As part of the agreement, Cats Protection can now direct people the Animal Search UK website from its online lost and found pages.
Website managers at Cats Protection Lee Bishop said: “Our branches and centres have been offered the opportunity to direct people from their lost and found pages to the Animal Search UK site so that they can register pets on a national database. We hope that this will increase the chances of pets being reunited with their owners.”
Founder of Animal Search UK Tom Watkins added: “The website is completely free of charge to use. Not only does it enable users to add up to four photos of a missing family pet, or in fact a pet that has been found straying, it also has a sophisticated mapping system that automatically matches lost and found reports dependent on their location in relation to one another.
“In the past, despite the best efforts of many, there have been occasions whereupon a missing pet has been adopted after being rescued and the original owners had been none the wiser, particularly if the pets did not have a microchip which confirms the owner’s details.”
With more than 20,000 volunteers, Animal Search UK offers one of the largest networks of pet patrollers in the UK.