About Us

Lost Pet Services (LPS) fills a unique community need. As a trusted safety-net organization, LPS provides services to help keep safe and care for cherished companion animals in a unique way.  We are dedicated to keeping pets home safe, healthy, and happy with the families they love through financial aid, education, and community outreach.

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Our Story

Lost Pet Services began as a Facebook group, Lost and Found Pets 941 (Lost Pet Services), when its Founder, Patty Giarrusso, lost her two dogs, Jackson Browne and Rocko.  Thankfully, they were found safe and she then embarked on a mission. That mission has led to this organization being the largest, most active lost and found organization in Manatee and Sarasota Counties area covering Sarasota, Bradenton, Palmetto, Parrish, Ellenton, Venice, Northport, Myakka and areas beyond. The group has grown to over 44,000 members in June 2022 and grows by 100s of new members every month.  Lost Pet Services has helped to successfully reunite 1,000s of local pets with their owners.

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Meet The Team

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Patty Giarrusso

Founder & President

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Terry Creamer

Vice President & Treasurer

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Jenifer Funk

Board Member

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Jim Giarrusso

Board Member

What We Do

Services provided by our Medical Assistance Program include but are not limited to:  medical financial aid, adoption and foster program for found strays and owner surrenders, spay/neuter and routine veterinary care as well as trauma and emergency care; lost pet recovery services; free microchips and ID tags; microchip scanner donations to volunteers and first responders; pet supplies and food; education and awareness to the public about the welfare of pet safety and lost pets. 

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Our programs provide that safety-net for companion pets in a medical crisis when owners cannot afford vital treatments or for pets found injured with unknown owners. This program helps us save lives.  

 

We never want an owner to be faced with the heartbreaking decision of having to euthanize their beloved pet simply due to financial issues.  Our program assures family pets in crisis get necessary, life-saving treatment. 

Since 2018 we have provided over $157,000 in medical financial aid to both owned pets and strays.  We have helped reunite over 25,000 local pets with their owners.  Our podcast, Let’s Talk Pets, helps us spread the word about pet safety, lost pet recovery and other important pet-related topics. 

Our Facebook business page, Lost Pet Services, has over 4,800 followers; our Facebook group, Lost and Found Pets 941 (Lost Pet Services), has over 44,000 followers; our website is visited by thousands each year; and our radio show reaches thousands every month. 

LPS aims to keep loved pets out of the overcrowded shelters and happy, healthy, and home where they belong sparing their families the devastating loss of their loved companion animal simply due to personal finances. 

 

Our organization does not receive any federal, state or county funding.  We rely solely on donations, grants, and fundraising to further our mission of caring for sick, injured, and abandoned pets in Manatee, Sarasota, and Charlotte counties.

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We are passionate animal lovers and pet protectors. 

We exist because too many pet owners have experienced these tragic situations and we want it to end.  We exist to help save pets' lives.