Sherry Perry: Sr. Social Media Admin
I have been with Indy Lost Pet Alert since February of 2017. I am an Admin and a Member at Large on the Board. I really enjoy getting to see the pets get back to loving homes. We had someone steal 2 dogs from our yard a long time ago (In the 1980s). There was no ILPA back then. We posted ads and put up signs but never saw Blackie or Bonnie again. Blackie was our daughter’s dog. He was a beautiful Gordon Setter. Bonnie was a very loveable but stubborn Beagle. Even though I know that they could not still be around I still find myself looking for them. Our dogs now are Sampson (a male Chocolate Lab / German Shepherd mix), Patrick (a male Bloodhound / Coonhound mix) and Lily (a female Black Lab).
Rounding out our little zoo is Pebbles. Like most cats she will not answer to her name but only to Kitty Kitty. ALL OF OUR PETS ARE MICROCHIPPED! I guess the skill that has helped me the most as an ILPA Admin is my Genealogy research. These skills have come in very handy when we come across unusual situations. The most recent was when someone found a dog. It did not have a microchip, but the finder looked through our home albums and found where the dog had been lost and returned home 2 years ago. It took me a while, but I finally found the owners. The dog was back with the grateful owners that evening. The thing that I would wish for ILPA is more volunteers so that the Admins we have could enjoy family time without worrying if anyone is getting the new alerts posted.
My main wish for all pet owners everywhere is that they microchip and fix their pets and keep all the information current! Having identification tags will also get them home quicker but the microchip is the best way to prove ownership. Unfortunately, I have seen owners not get their pets back because the stray hold time had passed, and the pets were not microchipped. I have also seen pets returned to former owners rather than current owners because a pet’s microchip was not updated. My biggest heartbreak is the overcrowded shelters and rescues. This will continue until we get people to spay and neuter their pets. ADOPT DON”T SHOP!
Ryle Perry: Shelter Liason
I have been with the ILPA for about two years. Initially and still, I am a “scanner”. In November of 2018, I was asked to be the liaison with the county shelters and Humane Societies. I do this mostly to help the little critters and to relieve some duties from other members. I have four, four legged , furry kids. I can’t really brag on any one of them. They all have a part of my heart! Three dogs and one cat. (She rules) I grew up a farm boy, around cows, horses, chickens, cats and dogs. The animal world is part of me. I seem to make all kind of four legged friends! I haven’t really thought about what to do next. I enjoy this. I’ll help however I’m asked.