The Star-Herald

Missing Kitty?

There seems to be such a large number of cats that we are seeing on our Facebook page that are lost, have wandered away from home or snuck out when having the chance.  Some of these kitties are indoor cats, so the thought of them outside possibly for the first time is very scary.  

If your cat (or even dog) has gone missing, it’s important to alert the local animal shelters quickly and provide a photo, along with where you live, town, road or street and contact information. We can get this posted very quickly on our Facebook page and we have several thousand followers, so the post gets shared within hours.  We certainly do appreciate everyone who does share our posts and we love seeing that the missing pets are reunited with their families as soon as possible.

Another important fact is that missing pets could easily get locked in a neighbor’s shed or garage.  They also could be hiding under porches or caught in an area that might be tough to escape from.  So please make a point of canvassing your neighborhood and letting everyone know that your beloved pet is missing. Posters and flyers may help as well. 

Always make sure that your pet has proper identification. Microchipping is always a bonus in helping to locate owners. 

And, as soon as your pet is hopefully safely returned home, be sure to contact us as soon as possible.

With the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, it’s good to remember that fireworks aren’t for everyone — or every pet.  Some dogs don’t seem to notice the fireworks. But some pets cannot be calmed by petting or talking to them. They are simply too upset by the noise.  Animals that are frightened or stressed can hurt themselves and possibly escape if left alone, and the results can be fatal. Frightened animals running loose are in great danger of being lost or, worse yet, hit by a car. 

For this reason, please be prepared to keep your pets safe during Fourth of July and the many festival celebrations that will be taking place this summer. Definitely keep your pets safe at home and in a quiet room with music on.  Please be considerate of your pets. Don’t take your dogs with you if you know there is a crowded celebration and fireworks taking place.  Common sense should be used.

If you are interested in a new furry family member, stop by the Central Aroostook Humane Society or check out our Facebook page. Please be responsible — spay and neuter your pets.

Gloria J. Towle is the secretary and a member of the board for the Central Aroostook Humane Society.

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