Lost pets in New York City may now be harder to find. CBS New York reported recently that shelter workers with New York City Animal Care and Control will no longer search the shelters for lost pets without identification.

According to the CBS story, shelter staff members will continue to try to return animals with microchips, ID collars and licenses to their homes. But for unidentified pets, the person who lost the pet will need to come in to one of the city’s three shelters in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten island.

On an archived version of the AC&C website, advice to pet owners who have lost their pet says to first call the shelter nearest to where the pet was lost, and the staff will search the shelter’s computer records for you. If the animal is not found right away, filing a lost animal report will prompt the staff to continue searching found animal reports.

However, the current lost and found page directs pet owners to go directly to the three centers to look for their animal.

According to CBS, the new policy is due to $1.5 million in budget cuts to the department over the last two years. The exception to the policy is that staff will continue to assist handicapped pet owners by phone.

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GuestUnited States
11/25/2010 8:43:00 AM #

Loss of staff is a problem to all animal causes, but there is something else to consider for anyone who has lost an animal.
What you see and describe about your animal may not be what the shelter worker sees.  Unless you go to the shelter, you will not know if your pet is there or not.
This is especially true if the owner uses the breeders terms for color, pattern, hair type, etc.  For example, the breeder  may have said the cat is blue, but to the shelter worker it is obviously gray!  Short hair vs, long hair is very much determined by seasons in states such as Florida - coats may be thick and heavy only in the few months of a Florida winter. This is especially true if the cat goes outside.
Saying the cat is friendly describes the cats home behavior.  The cat recently brought to a shelter is more likely to be hiding and not responding to people at first.
My experience has been with cats, but I think the same is true with dogs - they too have "purebred terms" that

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