Reuniting pets and families after tornadoes a priority for animal advocates


MARK:SOME PEOPLE ARE STILL SEARCHING FOR THEIR PETS AFTER MANY WERE SEPARATED FROM THEIR FAMILIES DURING THE TORNADO OUTBREAKBROOKE:2 NEWS REPORTER ALIAH WILLIAMSON HAS MORE ON WHAT THE HUMANE SOCIETY AND OTHER ANIMAL ADVOCATES ARE DOING TO HELP. ALIAH:MARK AND BROOKE, A MICROCHIP IS NO BIGGER THAN A GRAIN OF RICE, BUT IT’S PACKED FULL WITH INFORMATION THAT CAN KEEP PETS SAFE AND OFF THE STREETS. NOW,IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE TORNADO OUTBREAK, IT HAS BECOME AN IMPORTANT FOCUS FOR ANIMAL ADVOCATES IN THE AREA. VICTIMS OF THE TORNADO OUTBREAK HAVE LOST THEIR HOMES, THEIR PROPERTY AND MORE STEVE GLARDON: OUTREACH COORDINATOR, MONTGOMERY COUNTY ANIMAL RESOURCE CENTERMOST OF THE CALLS THAT WE’RE GETTING ARE FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE LOST THEIR PETS AND HAVE SAID ‘HEY DO YOU HAVE MY PET THERE? I KNOW MY FENCE WAS TORN DOWN OR THE WALL OF MY HOUSE WAS TORN AWAY.’ THAT SORT OF THING. HUNDREDS OF PETS ARE BEING REPORTED MISSING AND TURNED IN TO SHELTERS ALL ACROSS THE GREATER DAYTON AREA. STEVE GLARDON: OUTREACH COORDINATOR, MONTGOMERY COUNTY ANIMAL RESOURCE CENTER:THEY’VE SEEN ANIMALS IN THAT AREA, THEY’VE SEEN THEM OFF IN THE DISTANCE, BEHIND A HOUSE. THEY SEE THEM ACTUALLY WITH INJURIES AND THAT SORT OF THING. IN AN ATTEMPT TO RECONNECT FAMILIES WITH THEIR FUR-EVER FRIENDS, THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF GREATER DAYTON HAS BEEN OFFERING FREE MICROCHIPPING BRIAN WELTGE: PRESIDENT/CEO OF HUMANE SOCIETY OF GREATER DAYTONSO WHEN THERE’S A DISASTER LIKE THIS THAT HITS, ITS SO IMPORTANT THAT IF YOU GET SEPARATED FROM YOUR PET, THAT WE CAN GET YOU BACK WITH YOUR PET. AND SO PERMANENT IDENTIFICATION IS ONE OF THE ONLY WAYS TO DO THAT EFFECTIVELY. THE MICROCHIPPING PROCESS TAKES ABOUT 10 MINUTES AND CAN SAVE PET OWNERS FROM STRESS IN LOOKING FOR A LOST PETLINDA LONTKO/ DOG OWNERIT’S AN OPPORTUNITY TO KEEP MY DOG SAFE. AND SHE IS A PUPPY SO SHE DOES RUN AWAY STILL. THE OFFER LASTS THROUGH SATURDAY AND HUMANE SOCIETY OFFICIALS ARE HOPING MORE PEOPLE WILL COME TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE OFFER. BRIAN WELTGE: PRESIDENT/CEO OF HUMANE SOCIETY OF GREATER DAYTON: THERES BEEN A STEADY FLOW OF PEOPLE TODAY… SOMETHING THAT WE WANT THE COMMUNITY TO KNOW THAT WE VALUE THE ABILITY FOR PEOPLE TO PERMANENTLY IDENTIFY THEIR PETS. ALIAH:\MICROCHIPPING USUALLY COSTS ABOUT $20 DOLLARS AND THE OFFER ENDS ON SATURDAY… ALIAH WILLIAMSON, 2 NEWS WORKING FOR YOU. BROOKE:MANY BUSINESSES ARE STILL CLOSED IN OLD NORTH

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