Return to Home

WHAT IS RETURN TO HOME?

Formerly known as Return-to-Owner (RTO),  Return-to-Home (RTH) is the process of returning a lost and found pet to its home, where it is safe with its owner. More often than not, stray animals are actually lost pets with families who miss them. This means that the first priority is to return the lost pet to its rightful home.

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina left thousands of pets displaced with no way to return home. Dr. Michelson recognized that microchip technology could easily solve this market failure. So, he decided to act by creating Found Animals, the first free national microchip registry. Our sole purpose is returning pets to their people. No matter when you got your chip or from whom, you can register your pet with Found Animals for free - forever.

Found Animals solidified its commitment to returning pets to their homes in 2019, when Gina Knepp was brought onboard. Gina's role at Found Animals is to expertly guide communities through the process of implementing best practices to raise their RTH rates while reducing overall expenditures.

After being lost for over a year, Piper was reunited with her family within hours of her microchip being scanned by Arizona Small Dog Rescue in South Phoenix. 

ABOUT

GINA KNEPP

Gina Knepp is the National Shelter Engagement Director with the Michelson Found Animals Foundation. Previously serving as Animal Care Services Manager for Front Street Animal Shelter in Sacramento, California, Gina increased the live release rate from just 20% to over 90% through the development of new RTH policies and robust community engagement programs. In fact, those community partnerships and relationships with Sacramento’s residents and businesses have resulted in making Front Street a household name. Serving the city limits of Sacramento, with an animal intake of 12,000 critters per year, the State’s Capitol shelter is now a vibrant hub of activity, energy, and success.

Resources

LOST A PET?

Learn what to do if you've lost your pet, and use our free resources to help bring your pet home safely.

FOUND A PET?

These simple steps can help a lost pet in your community find its way back home.

I'M A PET PRO

Information and free resource  to improve RTH in your community.