For Brenda Wilson, her animals come first. Eight years ago this passion led to a turning point.
The Triangle resident had learned and become concerned about a pit bull that was living in the woods. The situation led her to connect with someone who works with this breed and seek help from the Lost and Found Pets Prince William County VA Facebook page.
Since then, Wilson has become an Administrator for the Facebook page and helped rescue thousands of pets.
Wilson’s care for animal welfare drives her work in putting up social media posts, trapping loose animals, scanning for microchips, printing posters, and fostering pets until they find new homes.
“I guess my motto on my site – and everybody laughs at me when I say this – [is] ‘I do it for the pets, not the people because most people don’t deserve pets.’ I mean, that’s my opinion,” Wilson said. “The pets can’t talk, and there has to be somebody who has to be their voice.”
Photo courtesy of Brenda Wilson
There are a couple of ways that pet owners can be reunited with their pets if they go missing.
Wilson recommends getting the pet microchipped. However, it shouldn’t end there. They also need to update the contact information that’s associated with the chip.
“What you need to remember is when you get that microchip it’s up to you to register that chip with your information, and if you move that information doesn’t go with you with that chip,” Wilson explained.
Those updates can be made by calling the chip company or through its website.
For anyone who is missing a pet, Wilson recommends posters.
“If you’re missing a pet, contacting the shelter is great, social media is great, all of that’s great,” she added. “But not everybody has social media. You need to put posters up.”
Of course, community members can also post on the Lost and Found Pets Prince William County VA Facebook page. Information needed for the Facebook posts include:
- A photo of the pet
- Where they were lost or found
- Description and details about the pet
- The person’s contact information