I found an item the other day while walking the dog, and I contacted the POA to see if anyone had reported a loss of any kind, but the only lead to come out of that had to do with a lost piece of jewelry, which this ain't.
It got me to thinking that there must be a better way of linking up losers (for lack of better term) and finders. We typically do this in Centerpointe via the neighborhood newsletter coordinator, who might be kind enough to send out an email blast making an inquiry if someone requests it.
But that's really not the best way to do it. Some people experience an uncontrollable conspiracy of circumstances that result in their losing an item, and that's understandable, but others are just plain sloppy or lazy. The sloppy folks don't necessarily need to be enabled via an email that intrudes upon four hundred families. Especially when their "lost" items are dogs (which are the most common trigger of such e-mail blasts), dogs that they didn't bother to put collars and tags on in the first place.
Anyway, I went looking on the internet for alternatives, and found this site as the top Google search result:
So I don't know what the answer is here, but there's the question, FWIW.