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Expert offers advice for owners of lost pets


Severe weather can be scarier for our pets than for their owners. This can even lead to a pet running away or being lost in the mess.

The St. Joe County Humane Society says they usually take in about half a dozen lost animals after a big storm and last night was no exception.

Humane Society Director Dr. Carol Ecker says if you do lose your pet in a storm one of the first places you should check is the shelter.

Ecker said, "But believe it or not we've had animals here for 6 months before someone's said 'Oh my gosh! That's my dog! I just never thought to come here'.  "

Dr. Ecker said the best way to find a lost animal is to have them micro-chipped before they get lost. She said all pets should be microchipped with your information. She also says it's important to register your pet.

Another important thing to keep in mind if you do find a pet on the streets is to check them for registration at your local vet or shelter. It's illegal to keep the pet as your own if they are registered.

"Some child, or some person is looking for that dog, and that's not fair," said Ecker

Dr. Ecker said the best way to keep your pet safe is to keep them inside during a storm.She suggested trying products such as the Thundershirt to help keep a pet calm.

For more information on lost pets contact these organizations in the Michiana area:

Marshall County Humane Society:
If you have lost or found an animal, call the humane society and police to report it.

St. Joe County Humane Society:

Elkhart County Humane Society:
Animals that are brought to the shelter as lost will not have photos on the web right away, so come in the shelter to check for your animal.

Warsaw Animal Welfare League:

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