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      Online tool released to find lost pets

      Animal Control unveiled a new website feature aimed at reuniting lost pets with their owners.

      At todayâ??s City Council meeting, Animal Control Interim Director Scott McDonald unveiled a comprehensive new website feature aimed at reuniting the greatest possible number of lost pets with their owners.

      The new online search feature allows users to search for their lost dogs and cats by gender, color and breed. Listings also include date and location of pickup, kennel number, case number and, where possible, photographs. The database used is the most current list of impounded pets at the time it is issued. Animal Control can be contacted about a lost pet directly through that petâ??s listing on the website.

      Owners have three days to reclaim their pets before those pets become available to the public for adoption. The goal of the Lost Pets tool is to keep pets in the shelter a minimum amount of time before returning them to their homes and families.

      â??The best scenario is being able to return lost pets to their homes in the field,â?? McDonald says. â??However, for situations when the Animal Control officer is unable to find the owner on-site and the pet is impounded, we want to offer owners a user-friendly tool that allows them to find their pets as quickly as possible.â??

      To search for a lost pet, or to put a hold on a pet that has been impounded, visit the Animal Control Departmentâ??s website at http://amarilloanimalcontrol.com. The Amarillo Animal Control Shelter, located at 3501 S. Osage, is open from Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for anyone who would like to visit the facility to search for a lost pet or adopt a new one.