King County animal control agency needs volunteers to find runaway pets
June 28, 2012
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 6 a.m. June 28, 2012
Regional Animal Services of King County needs volunteers to help reunite owners and pets after Independence Day.
Holiday fireworks inevitably scare some pets and cause the animals to run away, so the animal control agency and the nonprofit Missing Pet Partnership plan to train volunteers for Mission Reunite: Help and Hope for Lost Pets. The program aims to reunite separated owners and pets.
“We’re excited to once again join with Missing Pet Partnership to offer this valuable training,” Sarah Luthens, Regional Animal Services of King County volunteer program manager, said in a statement. “And while Mission Reunite will help bring lost pets back together their owners, it’s also important for people to license and microchip their cat or dog. A pet that is licensed and microchipped has a much better chance of being reunited with its owner.”
Missing Pet Partnership founder Kat Albrecht, a police detective turned pet detective, has been involved in finding missing pets since 1997, and founded the organization in 2001.
The animal control agency is hosting a training session from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Saturday at the Pet Adoption Center, 21615 64th Ave. S., Kent. Volunteers can learn how to give strategic advice to pet owners searching for a lost cat or dog, and how to show pet owners the tools to use to aid in the search.
“The return to owner rate for lost pets at animal shelters across the country is low, but the Mission Reunite program can help our lost pets in King County get back together with their families,” Regional Animal Services of King County Manager Gene Mueller said in a statement. “This exciting program has proven very successful in reuniting owners and their stray pets, but we need volunteers to help continue that success.”
Learn more, or register for Mission Reunite: Help and Hope for Lost Pets or another volunteer opportunity, contact Luthens at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-296-3946.