Welcome to the Lost and Pound Guide and FAQ! Here's where you'll find all the information you need to know about the Lost and Pound and our boards.
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A "stuck" pet is a pet that cannot be found by browsing through the pound. There is a glitch in the way that the pound works that causes some names to never show up. Pets with these names are effectively stuck in the pound until someone searches their name either in the pound search box or in the sidebar. For more information on what pets get stuck, see our theories on what makes a pet get stuck.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to neomail Arden(cinderellie7).
Last Edited: August 3, 2011
After reading the F.A.Q.s, you may decide that you, too, want to find stuck pets. Below is a guide to help you get started as well as tips from the pros.
Understanding What Pets Get Stuck:
Before you start randomly searching for pets, it's important to know why pets will get stuck. Since the pound is glitched, certain names that start with certain letter combinations will not show up in the pound. These pets are referred to as stuck pets. Although no one is sure yet exactly what combinations will guarantee a stuck pet, we do have a relatively simple theory that gives us a good idea of whether a pet will get stuck or not.
After lots and lots and lots of trial and error, it became apparent that the first two or three letters were a very important factor. In the table below is a list of letter pairs that can result in a stuck pet. When a name starts with these two letters, it has a chance to get stuck. The actual mechanism is slightly more complicated than this, but more than 70% of pets with names starting in these combinations get stuck in the pound. Please note that this list may not be complete and may have some inaccuracies. (Also some alphabetizing is wonky due to filter oddities)
|AL, AM, AN, AP, AQ, AR, AS, AT, AU, AV, AZ, A_|
|BE, BI, BL, BO, BR, BU, B_|
|CH, CI, CL, CO, CR, CU, CY, C_|
|DI, DE, DO, DR, DU, DY|
|ES, ET, EV, EX, EY, EZ|
|FI, FL, FO, FR, FU|
|GE, GH, GI, GL, GO, GP, GR, GU|
|HE, HI, HO, HU|
|JE, JH, JI, JO, JU|
|KE, KI, KL, KO, KR, KU, KY|
|LE, LI, LL, LO, LU, LY, L_|
|MA, ME, MI, MO, MR, MS, MU, MY|
|NE, NI, NO, NU, NY|
|PE, PI, PL, PO, PR, PT, PU, PY|
|RE, RI, RO, RU, RY|
|SC, SE, SH, SI, SK, SL, SM, SN, SO, SP, SQ, SS, ST, SU, SW, SY, S_|
|TH, TI, TO, TR, TU, TW, TY, T_|
|_L, _M, _P, _R, _S, _T, __|
Now that you know what kind of names to search, you have several choices on how you'd like to hunt them down.
There are many different ways to do manual searches, but in essence they are all the same. In the sidebar or pet lookup URL, begin typing random names that start with one of the letter pairs above. Keep trying until you find a pet that is in the pound. Less than 1% of all names that you type will be stuck in the pound* but don't be discouraged. This is the easiest method to find new stuck pets for the Lost and Pound page. This method requires lots of patience and creativity.
Whether you decide to type in every single letter combination (anaa, anab, anac...) like Bug does or find lists of words from dictionaries and other sources to copy and paste like Arden does, just be sure that the first two letters are one of the pairs from the table. If they're not, the pet has no chance to get stuck and you are just wasting your time.
*Most names you check will end up with pets either adopted, frozen, not yet created, or not yet born, only a tiny fraction will be in the pound, and an even tinier fraction of those will be painted or Limited Edition pets.
Sometimes pound pets will show up on search engines. Keep in mind that the majority of these pets are on the search engines because they have been listed on the Lost and Pound so it is unlikely that you will find anything new, rare or exciting. However, you may get very lucky by tweaking your searches, using lots of different search engines and searching often. Try typing this into a search engine: site:neopets.com "owner:in the pound". You may also choose to refine your search by including things like "the Orange" or "the Orange Grundo." This method requires some creativity and repetition before you get the hang of it and figure out some tricks of your own.
Submitting Lost Pets to the L&P:
Now that you've found your first stuck pet, you should share it with the L&P so that it can find a home. Always check to make sure that this pet is not already on the site.
Once you've checked the site, let us know! You can post it on a Lost and Pound board on the PC or mail the names to cinderellie7 or missdood.
There are lots of ways for you to help us out!
New Names: We always appreciate new names to add to the site. See the getting started section to find out how to find new stuck pets.
Adopted:If you find a pet on the Lost and Pound that has been adopted, please let us know. There are only a few of us and many people who use the site (on 8 March 2010 we had over 1000 visitors with over 6000 hits), so please let one of us know when you find something that needs to be updated.
Graphics: We can never be too pretty. Buttons, banners, petpage themes, layouts, lookups and fan art are all appreciated. Send all artwork to cinderellie7, or to the site's address.
The following links are helpful tools when homing pets. Whether these are pets that you found stuck in the pound or stuck pets that you adopted and zapped, they deserve great homes and pet wishlists are some of the fastest and easiest ways to home pets with some degree of confidence.
Please help! If you know of a page that might help home stucklings, that is kept up to dateLET ME KNOW! I'm having a hard time keeping this list updated and would love to have another list like these!!
Zappie Charters Dream Pets
PB Clothing Links:
Found a great pet in the pound but missing the clothing? Don't worry! There are lots of labbers who have accumulated wardrobes full of clothes that they'd love to give to a good home. Check out these links: