Losing a pet can be a hard thing to handle. Whether they accidentally run away or they get hit by a car, it is never an easy thing to go through for pet owners. After all, pets are part of the family. This is especially true if the pet owners cannot have human children, they then think of their pets as their children. However, it doesn't even matter if they do have children because the pets can still be part of the family, especially if the children think of the pets as their family as well. A loving pet can make a family whole. According to this report made by azcentral.com which was published on October 27, an animal shelter in Mesa, Arizona which is called the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control has shelter workers who are always on the lookout for an owner who may have lost their dog. As they say at this animal shelter, "The owner is the one who is lost because the dogs are found every day by the shelter workers."
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Dogs are brought in every day whether by truck, van, or car. They are brought in and taken to the back of the shelter where they are logged into the system and then they may wait only a day, a week, a month or even days, weeks, and months before they are either adopted out, if they are healthy, or even euthanized, if they are not healthy. However, a shelter worker by the name of Beth Smith can tell if the dog has an owner. So, she and another shelter worker dedicates up to 60 percent of their time bringing owners back to their dogs.
In the past year alone, the MCACC has taken in 41,347 animals but have reunited 4,253 of them with their lost owners. So many have been reunited because of the dog having a microchip or an ID tag on them showing that they were owned and taken care of by someone. However, many of the ones who had to be either adopted out or euthanized were not reunited because they did not have microchips or ID tags or they did have them but the information was outdated. This is why it is very important that if you have a dog or a cat to have these means of identifying them so they will be found if they do get lost. Every owner should have their dog micro chipped or tagged in case this ever happens and make sure the information is always up-to-date.
Although many of these dogs had these means of identification, many do not and because of this, Beth Smith takes it into her own hands to find the owners of these dogs. She often times goes out on her own free time and tracks them down. She says when an owner and a dog are reunited, all the time she spends is worth it when she sees tears of happiness and joy on their face because the dog finally found its owner.