Haywood County woman is devoted to helping lost pets find their way home

(Photo credit: John Le, WLOS)

Our Person of the Week gives hope to what might otherwise be lost causes. Lisa Gillett is the saving grace for hundreds of animals through her Facebook page, which aims to reunite lost pets with their owners.

"This is my passion," says Gillett, who also works with Sarge's Animal Rescue. "I'm here to speak for the voiceless."

Her work on behalf of animals continues around the clock.

"This dog's been missing for quite awhile," she said, pointing to the "Finding My Way Home" Facebook page she started last year.

"Truthfully, I'll be lying in my bed at 1 o'clock in the morning," she said. "Somebody'll post, 'I've lost my dog'."

"This is sweet Abel that was found the other night," she told News 13.

Once she posts about a missing animal, thousands of followers keep their eyes peeled.

"I don't want recognition for this. These 3,200 plus members, they rock and roll it!" she said.

So far 153 dogs have been reunited with their families.

"I wanna cry," she says. "It's just an awesome feeling whenever they find their pets."

Her heartfelt motivation comes from home.

"I have two 15-year-old dogs at home," she explained with emotion. "I would be at a loss if something was to happened to them. So, I give everything I have in order to reunite these animals to their owners."

Sprite is one of those success stories. Back in May, Lisa was vital in tracking her down after 31 days missing, and she did more than just post about her.

"Someone was driving by a field one day and said, 'I think we spotted Sprite'," Lisa said.

"Lisa basically set up a search party, organized about 20 people, to help me find a little lost dog if it wasn't for them," said dog owner Paige McClain of Canton.

Lisa's an equal opportunity finder.

"A 2,500 pound bull got loose at the stock yard the other day, and I posted on it," she said. "If it has to do with an animal, it's on here."

Even a chicken that eventually went to a foster home. Lisa believes every animal deserves a chance.

"It's brought a lot of them home," she said of the Facebook page.

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