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Kitty Post: BCC Partners with Petco Love to Reunite Lost Pets with Their Families By Sallie Rhodes

Updated: Jun 24, 2021

One of the hundreds of kittens that Beltsville Community Cats has helped during the pandemic.
One of the hundreds of kittens that Beltsville Community Cats has helped during the pandemic.

Did you know that one in three pets goes missing in their lifetime - an estimated 10 million pets a year? Beltsville Community Cats (BCC) has joined forces with Petco Love (formerly the Petco Foundation), a national non-profit working to lead and inspire change for animals – and animal welfare groups across the country on a shared mission to help reunite lost pets with their families.

BCC is excited to adopt breakthrough technology from Petco Love to help find missing cats and dogs in Beltsville. Petco Love Lost is a new, searchable national database that uses patented facial recognition technology to make finding lost pets quicker and easier. This simple-to-use tool is easily accessible to participating animal organizations nationwide, as well as any pet parent or person who finds a lost pet. Uploaded photos of a missing dog or cat are immediately scanned to determine whether the lost pet is at a participating shelter or with a neighbor in the community.

“We see firsthand how quickly a pet can go missing, whether they were curious, following a scent, wandered through an open gate or became scared during a storm,” said Sallie Rhodes, BCC President. “There’s nothing more rewarding than reuniting families with their beloved pets and with Petco Love Lost, we’re confident it can lead to many more happy reunions, right here in Beltsville.”

BCC is also very excited to announce that it was selected to receive a $10,000 grant from Petco Love for partnering with Petco Love Lost.

Learn more about BCC at or follow us on Instagram @beltville_cats. If you’ve lost or found a pet, Petco Love Lost is here to help get them home. Visit and join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with #PetcoLoveLost and #LoveandFound.

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