When Lara May lost her beloved tabby cat
during a bad thunderstorm, she immediately took to Facebook in hopes that
someone could help reunite her with the kitty that ran away.
It worked, as her Facebook post came to the
attention of John Sanfratello who happens to be the owner of Angelo’s Pizza,
located in Matawan, New Jersey. Lara’s cat, Hazel, reminded John so much of his
own cat who’d gone missing before, so he wanted to figure out a way to help
Lara get Hazel back.
At the time, John was working in his pizzeria,
so while he was looking at the hundreds of pizza boxes stacked floor to
ceiling, he got a genius idea.
John reached out to Lara and told her that he
wanted to put flyers of her missing cat on every pizza box that was picked up
or delivered to a customer.
Lara was overwhelmed by the ingenious and very
kind gesture. On the bright side, little Hazel managed to get back home before
the pizza box idea needed to be put into play.
However, the idea had stuck with John. He
wanted to turn the pizza box idea into a long-term mission to help reunite
other owners with their lost pets. John posted about his idea on Facebook,
quickly drawing viral attention as the post received thousands of shares and
comments. He was surprised that something so simple was gaining loads of
attention, but it turns out that it’s just a testament of how much people love and care for their pets.
The pizzeria has been a town fixture for the
last 45 years. But now, it is going to be incorporating something entirely new
into its business model – a lifesaver for lost pets. And it’s catching on, as
other pizzerias are feeling inspired to do it too.
Story Source: Online