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Local animal shelters find missing pets after holiday weekend

Published: Jul. 5, 2021 at 6:49 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - The days after the Fourth of July are always busy for local animal shelters as they work to reunite pets with their owners. Many are known to be scared of fireworks and tend to runaway.

This year the Central Nebraska Humane Society told Local4 News that wasn’t the case for them.

“It was actually really calm for once which was crazy,” Customer Service Representative Miquelle Levander said. “We didn’t really get a lot of animals in.”

Shelters spent the last few weeks trying to prepare pet owners for the holiday, which included encouraging microchipping and keeping pets indoors or in a fenced area. Levander said it seems to have worked in Grand Island.

“Obviously we are seeing an increase in readiness and preparedness which is awesome, that’s what we want,” she said.

While it was a slow weekend in Grand Island, that wasn’t the case in Hastings. Heartland Pet Connection said they had several animals come in over the last few days.

“We had quite a few come through last week,” Shelter Manager Jennie Theesan said. “We didn’t have hardly any on Saturday, but then quite a few again come in Sunday morning. Everybody got picked up and reclaimed and are back home safe and sound, which is always the important part of that.”

Many of those pets were microchipped which made it much easier to find their homes. Shelters recommend always chipping your animals to ensure they find their way back to you.

“Having microchips, especially having microchips registered with the current information is always important because as long as the information is updated we can get a hold of the owner generally within 15 to 20 minutes after an animal arrives here,” Theesan said.

Both shelters have been getting calls for pets that have runaway but weren’t brought in yet. If you found an animal this past weekend and are keeping it in your home, it’s encouraged to find a shelter instead for a better chance of reuniting it with its family.

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