I have gotten my end-of-the-year reports done. I work for 10 cities in Campbell County, and in 2018 I only picked up 80 dogs. That is down from 118 in 2017 and 119 in 2016. You can help your dog’s chances of not getting picked up. When I pick up a dog, the first thing I look for is a collar and tag. The next thing is a microchip. When possible the dog is returned to its owner. If an owner is not easily located, they are impounded to the shelter. They will receive vaccines and dewormer and get scanned again for a microchip. If your pet has a tag, you may get a call from the finder and your dog may never have to be picked up by animal control.
Cats picked up this year was 145 down from 402 in 2017 and 309 in 2016. These totals show that our Trap-Neuter-Return is working. Before we did TNR totals every year our totals were anywhere from 465 to 190 in the past 15 years. Many of those cats unfortunately were euthanized. Now that our shelter is not euthanizing and my totals have gone down, that is great news for cat lovers!
Our shelter can microchip your pet for only $10. If your pet can’t have on a tag then this is the next best thing. Many people who find pets get them scanned for a chip. Also another great place to search for your pet is online. Social media has helped get a lot of pets back home. I am a member of several Face book groups to try and help owners reunite with their pets. My goal is to keep your pet out of the shelter. Please keep your pets safe at home. Here is an example of some Facebook groups:
Bellevue, Kentucky and Dayton, Kentucky Lost and Found Pets.
Dayton Kentucky Buzz
Dayton, Kentucky-Voice of the Citizens
Northern Kentucky lost and found pets
NKY Lost and Found Pets
Kentucky - Lost, Missing, Stolen or Found pets
Northern Kentucky Pets
Newport KY lost and found pets
Lost and found pets of Kentucky
Submitted by: Terri Baker
Animal Control Officer
Dayton Community News