Please read. Your submission indicates your willingness to abide by these guidelines. Lost Dogs of Texas (LDOT) Facebook Page is modeled after very successful pages for Illinois and Wisconsin. We solicit reports from families who have lost dogs or Good Sams who have found dogs and post that information so it can be seen by as many people as possible. LDOT is NOT a page that cross posts for dogs in rescue or shelters, dogs in need, or dogs needing foster. We are STRICTLY a page for Lost or Found dogs.
Our policy is not to judge how a dog was lost or the quality of life the dog had. Therefore we do not comment or allow others to comment on, for example, spay/neuter status, chip status, or if the dog was leashed - left in a car, etc. Usually the family is now acutely aware of their mistakes and it is not our job to point them out. We help out everyone who lost a dog, no matter the reason they had the dog - providing it was not for an illegal purpose of course.
We are here to encourage and help people who are looking for their dog and it is solely their decision on how long they look and how they do it.
It is our belief that far fewer dogs are abandoned (dumped) than is believed. We want to change this mindset because it prevents people from searching for the family when they find a dog. Therefore we do not speculate on whether a dog was dumped, nor do we use or allow such language.
We appreciate our volunteers and demand that you be treated with civility. You choose to spend your time with us and we want that to be fun, quality time. Our page does not tolerate unkind, uncivil comments about lost or found dogs and we do not tolerate unkind remarks toward our volunteers. We pride ourselves on running a kind organization.
We work with PetFBI and Lost Dogs America and together with them, we have created the following Code of Conduct (Rev. July 21, 2020)
This code of conduct is required because you will not just be representing yourself now in person and on social media, but Lost Dogs America, PetFBI, and Lost Dogs of Texas, all organizations that set high standards for behavior.
I understand that safety is always first and foremost! I will never jeopardize the safety of myself, another person or an animal with my words or actions.
I will not put flyers into U.S. mail boxes or advise anyone else to do so. I understand that this is a federal offense.
I will not put flyers on utility poles or light poles. These are private property and doing so may endanger the lives of the workers who have to climb the poles. I will not advise anyone else to do so.
I will always respect personal and private property and ask permission to access property and to post signs on property. I will always advise owners or finders of the same.
I will always maintain a positive outlook with the owners and finders of lost pets. I will serve the interests of the pet from a neutral position of authority that comes from the platform of the organization. I will not criticize, use harsh language or shame individuals who I encounter in person or who post on our social media platforms.
I will never express doubt about a pet’s ability to survive.
I understand that we are always obligated to return the pet to the owner. If at any time, this is not in the best interest of the pet, I will direct the finder to contact the correct authorities.
I understand that establishing and maintaining good working relationships with the other volunteers is essential to the successful operation of our pages. I will treat all other volunteers with respect in both my words and actions. I understand that we are all volunteers and I will not criticize others for mistakes made or micromanage their work. I will respect the time of all volunteers and understand that not all volunteers can commit the same number of hours but it does not make them any less valuable.
I understand that establishing and maintaining good working relationships with humane societies, animal control facilities, police departments and other government agencies can save the lives of many animals. I will never jeopardize those relationships with my words or actions.
I understand that I am the public face of the organization. When interacting on public groups, forums and other social media sites, I will always act and speak in a professional manner. I understand that my actions affect not just my group but the organization as a whole.
I will not recommend paid services including listing sites, psychics, trackers, pet detectives or volunteer groups which solicit a fee for their services. If I find myself in a conflict of interest or am unclear if a post is allowed, I will not respond publicly and will contact a director of the organization for direction.
I will conduct myself with respect for all and will not discriminate on the basis of race/ethnicity, color, religion, gender, marital status, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status.
Thank you for your time and interest in Lost Dogs of Texas. Volunteers are the only reason we are able to do what we do. As of 2020, we have helped over 80,000 lost or found dogs. Whether or not the post you make actually is the one that gets a dog home, you are part of the bigger picture that, when completed, gets all lost dogs home - support from family, friends and caring strangers. THANK YOU for joining the LDOT Team!
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