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Tully’s Tails: Lost Pet Services

BRADENTON, Fla. — One of the most successful nonprofits in all of Manatee and Sarasota counties is Lost Pet Services, and it’s just five people who work 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days per year.

Patty Giarrusso has four dogs and said she would have more, but her husband won’t allow it. Patty is now retired, but you would never know because nine years ago something happened that changed her life forever.

“Well, my husband left the door unlocked one day and my two dogs escaped,” Patty said. “I was crazy and found there was nothing but Craigslist to reunite lost pets.”

“It was my fault, yeah, that’s how it all started,” her husband Jim said.

This is how Lost Pet Services was born. Patty thought only a few hundred people would join the group, but today there are over 44,000 members.

His organization has helped reunite 20,000 pets with their owners. They also raised over $160,000 in medical funding.

“We collaborate with the police, the rescue services, the shelters. We don’t just do one thing, we do a lot,” Patty said.

The Manatee County Chamber just named Lost Pet Services the Small Business of the Year. Sarasota County also named them the top nonprofit.

“It’s hard to put into words. I am sometimes speechless with what she does to help people and bring pets together,” Jim said.

It’s no coincidence that all of their dogs, Rambo, Sophie, Carlie and Haley, were either abandoned or never claimed by their owners.

But Patty knows the incredible feeling of being reunited with a pet, and that’s enough to fuel that passion.

“Some days are harder than others, then the happy thing happens, then we feel better,” Patty said.

Patty said Lost Pet Services doesn’t turn away anyone who needs help. You can find out more about the association here.

Don’t forget to share your rescue dog or cat stories on the Tully’s Tails Facebook Page. We might even share it on Good Morning Tampa Bay.

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