FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): More pets go missing during the Fourth of July weekend than any other time of the year and this year was no different.
Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control had 49 dogs and 43 cats were brought to the shelter during the holiday weekend, according to FWACC’s Jodi Hamilton.
If an animal is wearing identification or has a microchip, officials will attempt to contact the owner. Pet owners shouldn’t rely on identification or microchips because collars can fall off and microchips can be missed.
“If you lost your cat or dog, come in and walk through our building,” Hamilton said.
Animal Care and Control holds stray animals for a minimum of three days. After three days, animals will be evaluated for the adoption program or transferred to another shelter.
Anyone who finds a stray can hold the animal and call the department to file a found report, bring the animal to the shelter or have an Animal Control Officer pick up the animal.
Hamilton says it’s important to keep identification current at all times during the year. If the information is incorrect, it’s difficult to track owners.
Residents can claim animals from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. On Wednesday, hours are extended until 7 p.m.
To see pictures of the animals found, go to the city of Fort Wayne’s website.