Animal shelter sees uptick in loose pets
People enjoy getting out in the spring, but apparently, animals do, too. Laura Atwood, Information Officer for Anchorage Animal Care and Control said the shelter took in 84 stray dogs in March and even more cats, a figure that is likely to go higher throughout the summer.
Laura Atwood, information officer for Anchorage Animal Care and Control said the shelter took in 84 stray dogs in March and even more cats, a figure that is likely to go higher throughout the summer.
Atwood said there are several reasons that people who find lost pets should bring them to the shelter.
“One is that we can check for things like the microchip,” said Atwood. “Two is that it’s giving the dog or cat a safe place where their owner can come looking for them.”
Atwood said animals with ID have a much greater chance of being reunited with their owners. Dogs with IDs are given five days at the shelter for their owners to find them; dogs without only get three. After that, Atwood said, the animal is evaluated for adoption and displayed in the public area of the shelter. Atwood said the shelter is not crowded and there is no timeline for how long animals can stay.
“Most dogs are adopted quickly, often on the first day,” she said. “We’ve had cats which have taken a couple of months.”
Atwood said people who are looking for an animal should check the shelter right away and be persistent. She said they can also go online to see Animal Care and Control’s Facebook page and website. Each has a section with photos of animals that are in the shelter which is updated at least once a day.