TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Fireworks at the 4th of July has always been an American tradition across the country, but there's another tradition becoming common with the national holiday as well, lost pets. Loud noises from fire crackers, sparklers and fireworks cause some to run away.
Margaret Price, Director of Animal Welfare at Helping Hands Humane Society in Topeka, said, " We have received a lot of phone calls Saturday morning. They've been ringing non-stop almost and we have a lot of calls to return to those that have found or are missing their pets."
In the week leading up to the 4th of July, HHHS Topeka has processed 50 stray cats and dogs into the lost and found. Calls have been coming in as worried owners begin to search for their pets, but after 72 hours, lost and found animals go up for adoption.
"Don't just call, come out and see us and go through our kennels because we might call it one breed and you might call it different and the same with color. It is real important that you come out and take a look," said Price.
There is one simple and cheap solution can easily return your lost animal without much hassle.
Price said, "The best thing you can do is make sure they have I.D."
"I reunited a dog 2 years after it was lost from the owner and that dog still had it's city tag and we were able to get it back to the owner after they lost hope of finding their dog. The joy i see on the dog and owners face is like no other," said Senior Animal Control Officer Brandi Harris.
To complete a lost report, call Helping Hands Humane Society at 785-233-7325
City I.D. tags can be done through the Animal Control Unit and cost just $20. Microchipping can be done at HHHS for just 35 dollars.