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Animal shelters filled with runaway pets

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Calling the local animal shelters, checking their websites, and even using social media to spread the word can help locate your pet faster.(KCTV) Calling the local animal shelters, checking their websites, and even using social media to spread the word can help locate your pet faster.(KCTV)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Independence Day is a time of celebration, but for some animal owners, the day after is troubling.

July 5 is one of the busiest days for animal shelters.

Wayside Waifs is no exception. The employees and volunteers work tirelessly to reunite the runaway pets with their owners.

“Just holidays in general, anything that can scare an animal and it’s not the norm for the animal can really make them frightened and make them run away,” said Casey Waugh of Wayside Waifs.

Fireworks are one of those triggers.

Overnight, KC Pet Project took in more than 25 pets, and they expect to see many more throughout the day.

This time last year, they received about 200 pets.

“We had a big adoption special this weekend to make room specifically for this. We knew we’d see a lot of dogs today,” explained Tori Fugate of the KC Pet Project.

Workers say that most of the pets they receive appear to be from family homes.

“If they have a collar, if they’ve been groomed recently or brushed or well taken care of, well fed, all of those signs indicate they’re living in a home,” Waugh informed.

In addition to collars and tags, workers check for microchips, then hand them over to a veterinarian.

“The medical team is going to take a good look at the animals that come in, and they’re going to evaluate from top to bottom to make sure that they’re cleared and they’re healthy,” Waugh assured.

If your pet goes missing, time is of the essence. Calling the local animal shelters, checking their websites, and even using social media to spread the word can help locate your pet faster.

“We don’t want an animal to live at a shelter forever. That’s not why we’re here; we’re here for temporary purposes,” Waugh said.

Wayside Waifs reminds people that the animals at their shelter will only be held for five days. After that, they become adoptable to everyone.

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