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A pet finder Facebook page is growing in popularity and success in bringing home lost pets.
It's called PeanutsFriends, and the Albany woman who created it says she is amazed the number of families it is reuniting.

 "Honey, I thought he was gone.  I really did. But I'm glad he's back."
Blackie the Yorkie mix is back home with owner Rasheda Stephens, thanks to PeanutsFriends.

 March 26th a couple picked up Blackie and took him to Jones County, where they turned him into the Animal Shelter.  Their director put this post on the lost pet Facebook Page, and neighbors recognized Stephens beloved missing dog.
Stephens said " My neighbor Stacey, she calls me and says Rasheda, I'm sorry to call you at work, but Blackie is on Facebook.  I'm like, what is he doing on Facebook."

The creator of PeanutsFriends is Maria Burley, another pet lover.  In 2003 she lost her beloved cat Peanut, and could not find a way to put out a call for help.
Burley said "My pets are my children. When Peanut went missing, I wanted to put out an Amber Alert out.  I wanted every cop to know. I would cry. I couldn't sleep."

His loss prompted Burley to create PeanutsFriend as a website, but has since moving it to Facebook, where it has more than 5000 members. And has reunited dozens of lost pets with their families.
Burley said "But it's not me that did it.  It's the community. It's everybody. Everybody that joins, everybody that cares and shares and remembers.  And is on the lookout for them."

Blackie is one of the latest PeanutsFriends successes, back home because of the pet lover's lookout.
Stephens said "I thank anybody that was involved with getting him back home. I really do, because I thought I had lost my baby.  I really did."
Pet lovers using social media to get babies like Blackie home again.

Blackie did not have a chip locator when he was lost, but he does now.  Burley says that is her message to pet owners today.  Get them fitted with a chip locator and a tag to help if they go missing.

You can visit, join and view the PeanutsFriends Facebook page here.

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