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Animal shelter goes online to reunite pets with owners

By Melissa Crowe
May 5, 2013 at 12:05 a.m.
Updated May 6, 2013 at 12:06 a.m.

From left, Jasmine, Oscar, Monty, Fuzzy, and Gizmo keep each other company in their cage at the Victoria City/County Animal Shelter. The kittens are around eight weeks old and have been in the shelter for two weeks.

TO SEARCH FOR PETS

View the Victoria City/County Animal database

Lost pets might be found sooner, thanks to an online service by the Victoria City/County Animal Shelter.

The Internet database allows anyone to scan listings and photos of impounded and adoptable dogs and cats, as well as report lost or found animals.

Assistant supervisor Heather Kern said the service, accessible from Victoria County's website, is already proving successful.

"There was a little, red American cocker spaniel-mix on the impounded page that had been missing from Seadrift," Kern asid. "They were able to find their pet simply by looking online."

On a given day, the pound has about 30 dogs and 30 cats impounded, and about 15 dogs and 25 cats available for adoption, Kern said.

She is hopeful the online presence will help with adoption and reclaim rates and reunite owners with their pets.

"It's been a really wonderful tool," Kern said.

Within 30 minutes of an animal being brought to the pound, it is listed online. Kern said that tool will help pet owners find their animals faster, after hours and on the weekends.

"They have a tool now where they can go look and see if it's at the animal shelter," she said.

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