Pets that have been lost may have more trouble finding their way back home than they did before.
It turns out that starting December 1, New York animal shelters will stop taking reports of lost pets, and they will not search their facilities for these animals.
New York City Animal Care and Control, which operates under the city's health department says that they do not have enough man power and money to do these searches.
Owners are being told to visit the three shelters in upper Manhatan, East New York and Staten Island to look for their pets. This can be very hard to constantly check these places for missing pets.
The Health Department said that they will try to contact owners whose animals come in with ID tags and microchips.
The strays that are brought in to these facilities are held for 72 hours before being put up for adoption, however those deemed unadoptable or sick are often euthanized.
This is really unfortunate.
Make sure to keep your pets close by!!
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