How to help your furry friends after the quake
It's been a week. Exactly one week since a 7.0 earthquake struck south central Alaska. Since then, we've heard many stories about residents were effected and how they responded.
What about our furry friends?
Anchorage Animal Care and Control's Laura Atwood says that the organization's building wasn't really affected by the quake, but the animals inside were very nervous.
"The first thing (employees) did after the earthquake is we all spread out and walked through all the kenneled areas to make sure nothing had fallen on any animals, or kennels hadn’t fallen over and (the animals) were all okay physically," Atwood said.
While all were fine physically, the cats showed signs of emotional stress.
"The best thing for cats when they're stressed is leave them alone," Atwood said. "We were very careful and quiet around them and left them alone for a while... of course those aftershocks just kept coming that whole day which was tough for them."
While it's best to leave stressed cats alone, Atwood says stressed dogs should try to get back into their routines.
"Try to keep things as normal as you can for your animals right now," she said. "Get back into your routine. Animals, both cats and dogs, really rely on routine. That's what makes them feel safe. So get back into your routine. Do the things they like, the things that are fun for them, that disengages their mind from their stress… just like it does for us."
While animals inside the building were safe and uninjured, worried pet owners gathered at AACC looking to find their animals that went missing.
"The day of the quake, I want to say we got in four dogs and a cat... fewer than we would have expected," Atwood said. "We were able to reunite all those dogs with their owners. The cat is still here with us. But we definitely saw a lot of people come in looking for lost animals."
For more information on how to find a lost pet, please visit www.muni.org/animal.
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