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Kentucky shelter working to locate pet owners post-tornado

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Richard Bales, an animal control officer for the Hopkins County Animal Shelter, holds 14-year-old Frida, a cat rescued in Dawson Springs after the mid-December tornado, in Kentucky, on Dec. 28, 2021. Frida came to the shelter dehydrated and malnourished. (Jodi Camp/The Messenger via AP)

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Richard Bales, an animal management officer for the Hopkins County Animal Shelter, holds 14-year-old Frida, a cat rescued in Dawson Springs after the mid-December twister, in Kentucky, on Dec. 28, 2021. Frida got here to the shelter dehydrated and malnourished. (Jodi Camp/The Messenger by way of AP)

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Richard Bales, an animal management officer for the Hopkins County Animal Shelter, holds 14-year-old Frida, a cat rescued in Dawson Springs after the mid-December twister, in Kentucky, on Dec. 28, 2021. Frida got here to the shelter dehydrated and malnourished. (Jodi Camp/The Messenger by way of AP)

DAWSON SPRINGS, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky animal shelter has been doing its half to assist with restoration from final month’s tornadoes by reuniting pets misplaced within the storm with their owners.

The Hopkins County Animal shelter has taken in about 90 canine and about 120 cats from the hard-hit neighborhood of Dawson Springs since Dec. 11, The Messenger reported. Shelter Executive Director Dustin Potenzas instructed the paper on Tuesday there have been about 36 canine left to be claimed and about 50 cats left.

All of the pets present in Dawson Springs will probably be saved for 35 days earlier than being put up for adoption. If an proprietor can’t home their pet as a result of their dwelling was broken or misplaced, the shelter can signal a 15-day contract to board the pets there.

“As long as the owner stays in contact with us and renews that 15-day contract, then we will hold those animals as long as we need to,” Potenza mentioned.

The shelter remains to be getting animals from Dawson Springs greater than two weeks after the tornadoes. Most of these coming in are cats, and Potenza mentioned it may be laborious to know if they’re strays or pets. Only two of the rescued pets had microchips, which allowed the shelter to reunite them with their owners instantly.

For the opposite pets rescued, shelter volunteers are displaying photographs and speaking to neighbors within the areas the animals have been discovered to attempt to locate their owners. To reclaim a pet, the proprietor should present proof of possession by means of veterinary data or photographs.

“At a time like this when some have lost all, we still need to make sure we have that proof to make sure we are getting the animals to their rightful owners,” Potenza mentioned. “That is the only fair way for us to do that.”