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Lost Pet Services, Inc. awarded prestigious award from Manatee Chamber.

The 2022 Manatee Chamber Small Business of the Year Awards were held on Thursday, August 18, at the Bradenton Area Convention Center. This program recognizes small businesses and non-profit organizations for “quality and excellence,” as exemplified by growth, productivity, customer service, job creation, and overall contribution to the community. The Manatee community is supported by stellar businesses and non-profit organizations that help strengthen our business environment and improve our quality of life.  There were more than 200 nominations this year, with 82 moving forward in the award process. The seven winners were chosen from among the 35 finalists.

We are extremely honored to announce that we have won the #BestofSRQ SRQ Magazine contest.

Best Nonprofit

Platinum Award - Lost Pet Services, Inc.

Best Nonprofit Leader

Platinum Award - Patty Giarrusso

Best Animal Nonprofit

Gold Award - Lost Pet Services, Inc.

We want to thank everyone who voted for us and made this happen.  We are thankful to be a part of this wonderful community and we could not do what we do without our dedicated board members, group administrators and moderators, volunteers, and supporters.

Lost Pet Services Wins
Best of SRQ Local In 3 Categories

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A Special Thank You to Sarasota Magazine for Featuring Us

“That’s the goal: to be the one place people can go to, so that no pets fall through the cracks.”

Photo Credit: Chris Lake

SNN by Don Brennan

Lost Pet Services, Inc., a non-profit provider of lost pet recovery and safety-net programs in the Manatee, Sarasota, and northern Charlotte county areas, is taking on the issue of lost pets.

In collaboration with Manatee County Animal Welfare at the Bishop Shelter in Bradenton, LPS has launched a free microchip program. This program offers complimentary microchips with free lifetime registration for pets upon reuniting with their owners. These pets were admitted to the shelter due to insufficient identification.

Every year, 10 million pets go missing, and sadly, only 15 percent of dogs and a mere 2 percent of cats entering shelters without microchips or tags are reunited with their owners.

We would like to thank the Humane-Animal Alliance for funding this donation.

For more information, please visit or contact Patty Giarrusso, President and founder, at or 941-900-8303.

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SRQ Magazine

Lost Pet Services, Inc. (LPS) was honored to receive a $15,000 grant from The Human-Animal Alliance, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting, supporting, and further exploring the meaningful bond between humans and animals.


The Human-Animal Alliance believes in the value of the human-animal bond, and the importance of keeping people and pets together.  

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ABC7 News at 11pm

These small businesses and non-profit organizations exemplify the diversity, spirit, and community-mindedness that make Manatee County special. We are so lucky that they chose to live, work, and play in our area.

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ABC Action News - WFTS - Tampa Bay with Julie Salamone


We generally like to share our happy stories but sometimes we learn through the sad ones. This is one of those.  It is our hope awareness will help save more pets in the future. 

Phillip Sherry's dog, Maple, got spooked by fireworks and went missing. Sadly, she was hit and killed by car. Lost Pet Services, Inc. wants everyone to understand that fireworks are terrifying for not only dogs but also veterans suffering from PTSD.


ABC Action News - WFTS - Tampa Bay with Julie Salamone

A missing cat will be reunited with his family from Ohio after missing for more than five years.  Jericho Blu was found 1400  miles from home five years after he went missing thanks to a microchip.  Although the chip information needed a little researching, Lost Pet Services located the family and made arrangements for its return. 


SNN News - Jenna Brew


If Spanky could speak, he would likely tell of some serious adventures he may have encountered over the last six years. 


After disappearing almost six years ago, Spanky is back home with his family thanks to an updated microchip.

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on ABC Action News - WFTS - Tampa Bay with Julie Salamone

Bradenton pizza shop, Brancato's Brick Oven Pizza, helps Lost Pet Services spread by word about lost by by letting pet owners post their pet's flyers on pizza boxes.  

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on News Channel 8

Lost Pet Services was so thankful to be able to share the wonderful news that Jerry was found and returned home safe after missing 467 days right in time for Christmas after going missing during Hurricane Irma.

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Let's Talk Pets with

Patty Giarrusso

on Society Bytes Radio

People love their pets and want to keep them safe. Sometimes they need help.  That's what we're here for.


Patty Giarrusso, President of Lost Pet Services, Inc hosts a weekly radio podcast.   Let's Talk Pet combines educational resources and feel-good stories each week with the main focus on lost pet recovery, pet retention, safety, health and training.  Featuring dog, cat and wildlife experts weekly.

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Suncoast Pet Magazine - March 2017

Read about how Lost and Found Pets 941 and Lost Pet Services came to be in the March 2017 Edition of Suncoast Pet Magazine

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Tampa Bay Newswire

Lost Pet Services, Inc. (LPS) was honored to receive a $15,000 grant from The Human-Animal Alliance, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting, supporting, and further exploring the meaningful bond between humans and animals.


The Human-Animal Alliance grant funds Lost Pet Services’ pet reunification efforts. LPS has helped reunite over 150 pets following Hurricane Ian and provided medical funding for pets injured during the storm. The grant will also help support LPS’ routine medical care program: spay/neuter, vaccinations, routine medical cases, emergency temporary boarding, and pet supplies, including pet food, litter, collars, leashes, beds and crates, ID tags, and microchips.


Lost Pet Services has provided over $160,000 in medical funding and helped reunite over 20,000 pets with their families in Manatee, Sarasota, and Charlotte counties.

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Tampa Bay Newswire

Lost Pet Services, Inc. (LPS) is helping reunite hundreds of pets lost from Hurricane Ian in Sarasota, Manatee, and Charlotte counties.  LPS is a local safety-net 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to reuniting lost pets and helping those in financial need of medical services.  In the last five days over 60 pets have been reunited but more need our help.  LPS has reunited cats, dogs, pigs, tortoises, goats, horses, cows, possums, lizards, snakes, rabbits, or any animal that’s lost, they will help.  


Bradenton Herald - James A. Jones, Jr.

They represent “the heart of the community,” Jacki Dezelski, president and CEO of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce, said of this year’s honorees at the 42nd annual Small Business of the Year Awards.

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Your Observer by Jay Heater - Managing Editor


Spanky, an eight-year-old shih tzu mix, finally back home after missing six years thanks to having a microchip that was kept up to date.

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SRQ Magazine - By:  Brittany Mattie


After missing for almost six years, Spanky was finally reunited with his family thanks to having an updated microchip.


On June 8, local nonprofit organization, Lost Pet Services, Inc. received a report of a found dog. The team sent out a volunteer with a microchip scanner to see if they could identify him. Thankfully, Spanky had a chip that still had updated owner information inscribed. 


Fox 8 News by CNN Newswire


“Everybody will say when a cat’s long lost, well it couldn’t be that far away, but he obviously was found in Ohio probably by someone who moved here. He somehow got away from those people and was found again by someone else as a stray. She kept him for a few weeks as far as I know,” said Patty Giarrusso, president and founder of Lost Pet Services.

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on SNNTV by Jenna Brew

"These tough Brooklyn brothers with a soft spot for animals team up with Lost Pet Services for a retro way to spread the word."

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on Spectrum Bay News 9

Lost Pet Services | Lost and Found Pets 941 is using old campaign signs and other old signs as highly visible intersection signs to help get the word out about lost pets in their area.

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Tampa Bay Newswire - 3/14/2018

Read the article here in Tampa Bay Newswire

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Lost Pet Services of Manatee and Sarasota County Reunites over 1,800 Lost Pets in 2017

Tampa Bay Newswire - 1/2/2018

Lost Pet Services, a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to reuniting lost pets in Manatee and Sarasota counties, successfully reunited over 1,800 lost pets with their owners during 2017. Lost Pet Services operates through its Facebook group, Lost and Found Pets 941 and its website. Beginning in 2013, the organization has reunited thousands of local pets with their families.

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SNN Feel Good Friday - March 31, 2017

Watch  SNN's Feel Good Friday segment about Lost Pet Services, Inc. which aired 3-31-17

Sarasota Dog Magazine offers dog news for the Sarasota area and beyond.


We are proud to be their choice as a  Lost and Found Pet resource

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