Pet owners searching for lost animals following wind storm

7:13 PM, Feb 23, 2012   |    comments
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GOLDEN - Two area animal shelters say they've seen a lot of people coming in Thursday looking for their lost pets after high winds blew down fences and opened gates.

However, neither Foothills Animal Shelter nor the Humane Society of Boulder Valley has had an unusually high number of stray animals turning up since the storm.

Jennifer Strickland, the director of communications at Foothills Animal Shelter, says they're advising pet owners to check with all area shelters, because sometimes a stray either turns up or is taken to a shelter across town.

Here's some other advice pet owners are encouraged to try:

Call animal control in your area, as sometimes a pet has only been spotted in a certain area, or animal control officers may have the pet but have not yet taken it to a shelter.

Place an ad on Craigslist, or post to a shelter's "lost and found" section on their website. Here's some helpful links:

Kim Sporrer, a spokesperson for Humane Society of Boulder Valley, says if you find a lost pet, especially if it's not wearing tags, call animal control so the animal can be checked for a microchip.

Sporrer also says they've had reports of pets being stressed from the wind and its associated noises.

The Humane Society of Boulder Valley's Director of Animal Training & Behavior and Associate Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist Lindsay Wood recommends the following tips:

• Leave pets at home and inside instead of taking them outside or in the car or leaving them in the yard.
• When walking dogs, keep them on a leash at all times in the event they panic.
• Keep pets away from the noise in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area. Turning on a radio or television will help drown out outdoor noises.
• Do not leave an anxious dog alone in a yard or in a house with access to a screened or open window.

(KUSA-TV © 2012 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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