Animal Foundation: Most runaway pets found on Independence Day haven't been reclaimed

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Nearly three weeks after the Independence Day fireworks, spooked animals that darted from home are still being temporarily housed at the Animal Foundation by the hundreds.

Around the 4th of July, more than 500 pets were brought into the Animal Foundation shelter. They were likely scared by fireworks.

Now, with the shelter overcrowding, The Animal Foundation is reminding people that this is the place to check if your pet is missing.

The Animal Foundation says they saw 544 lost pets come into the shelter between July 3 and July 10, and only 89 of them have been reclaimed by their owners.

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Now The Animal Foundation wants to send out a message to the public and anyone missing a pet: Come here and check for your missing animals.

Many of these animals haven't been reclaimed because the owners may not know where to look, The Animal Foundation says. They also want people to know that they are seeking people to adopt pets and people who can foster them as well.

All of the animals that are put up for adoption go through a behavior analysis period and are also spayed and neutered.

“We check them for behavior, we socialize them with different people, a lot of it is just letting the dog and see how they react,” said Jennifer Heider, adoption counselor.

Officials say space at the shelter is very tight right now, and because of that they are offering free adoptions until August 13 — that includes any dog over 30 pounds and some cats as well.

You can search for your pet on The Animal Foundation's Lost & Found web page, or visit them at the East Harris Avenue location.

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