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Suggestion If Mailbox Keys Left Behind
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Lost or Found Pet

Suggestion If Mailbox Keys Left Behind

Tom Tighe noticed that someone left their keys in their mailbox. He didn’t take them down, figuring the easiest way to get them back to the owner would be through a Lynnhaven email.
Thanks, Tom.

This happens waaay too often and I am continually amazed when no one claims their lost keys after someone has found them and turned them in somewhere (not likely since the rec. centers have been closed) or at my house. Sometimes they include house and car keys, as well. How can you not notice that they're missing?

Rather than turning keys in somewhere, I'm proposing the following:

  • If the mailbox is empty with the key still in the lock, re-lock the mail box and leave the key where it is. The owner will be embarrassed that he or she was so careless, but relieved that the keys are still there.
  • If the mailbox still has mail in it, lock the box and drop the key in the clear plastic holder near the door behind the mail station (golf course side). I suspect that is the reason the holder was installed there in the first place.
  • If you found the keys elsewhere (e.g., along the road)... any key found in Lynnhaven, still drop them in the clear plastic holder.
  • If you've lost your keys and they aren't hanging from your mailbox, check that clear holder at the back of the mail station. 
The number on the mail key does not match your mailbox number, so it isn't easy to get the keys back to the owner, and the other keys are only useful to the person who lost them so they should be safe in the holder. Also, it is VERY expensive to replace those keys, especially if a car key is attached. Trust me.

If you left a credit card behind at a store or restaurant, you retrace your steps. The same should hold true if you lose keys. If they remain at the mail station, it should be easier for all, finders and losers alike.


The Villages Lost & Found

Depending on where items are found, Inexpensive Items are held for 1 month at the closest Regional center. Check or turn a found item in to the Regional center closest to where the item was lost or found:

  • Laurel Manor if lost or found south of Rt. 466
  • La Hacienda if lost or found north of Rt. 466
  • Eisenhower if lost or found south of Rt. 466A

You can also check the nearby recreation centers since some people drop found items off there, but the recreation centers don't hold them very long before they send items to the nearest regional center.

Depending on where items are found, Expensive Items are turned over to the police within 72 hours:

At the end of Each Month, unclaimed items are donated to local charities.


Lost or Found Pet

I strongly recommend having your pet micro-chipped and keep your contact information current. If a pet is taken to a local veterinarian or animal hospital, the vet can scan for a chip and access the contact information. In the very least, keep a tag on your pet at all times (in case they slip out... it happens) with the pet's name and your phone number on it.

A resource to keep in mind for Lost or Found Pets is:

  • Lynnhaven Webmaster to send out an email
    The sooner, the better... and if not found quickly, put on the Lynnhaven Village website.
  • The Villages radio station, AM640 WVLH: 750-9854 or 259-6400
    They will announce it on the air to reunite pets with their humans.

  • Pet Lovers Rescue: 352-598-1588
  • Talk of The Villages' Lost & Found web page
  • Local Veterinarians and Animal Hospitals

Another place to look for a lost pet or its owner:

Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County, Inc.
994 CR 529A / PO Box 67
Lake Panasoffkee, FL 33538
Phone: 352-793-9117

Check their website or call for the hours and days they are open.

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