Petbam a Resource for Lost Pets, Owners and Shelters in the Aftermath of Tornadoes and Floods

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Pet social network Petbam provides owners and shelters with a powerful connection in the aftermath of the tornadoes in Missouri and Oklahoma and the rising waters of the Mississippi River.

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Louisiana native, Renzi Sandras, got the idea for pet social network Petbam following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. “I saw dogs sitting on rooftops and cats in trees. It was devastating,” the Tulane University graduate recalls. In good times, Petbam offers pets and those who love them a space to connect with each other. With the tornadoes in Missouri and Oklahoma, and the threat of flooding in Louisiana and Mississippi, Petbam provides a lifeline.

Petbam’s Lost & Found section gives distraught pet owners a place to search for their lost pets, as well as resource for good Samaritans and animal shelters to post notice that pets have been found. The site’s "bamalert" allows pet owners to report missing animals and sends text messages to members who live within a 50-mile radius.

Members can also connect with veterinarians in the area to care for their pets. Renzi urges animal lovers affected by the natural disasters to use Petbam to locate aid for animals unable to fend for themselves.

Petbam (the “bam” stands for “Because Animals Matter”) was featured on Lifetime Television’s “The Balancing Act” in March, chosen for its unique social networking features that unite owners, shelters and veterinarians.

“With all the uncertainty of rising water levels of the Mississippi River and surrounding water ways, all pet owners need to make sure their animals are out of harm’s way. Everyone should always have an evacuation plan in place for their family and pets. Even if you never have to implement the plan, it is always smarter and safer to be prepared,” Sandras says.

Petbam hopes to reunite as many pets and their loved ones as possible in the aftermath of recent natural disasters. Registration at this pet website is free, so sign up today.

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