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How Can I Find My Lost Pet???

Posted Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at 4:10 PM

Shelter staff and a representative of the Saline Animal League recently had the pleasure of presenting a program at the Marshall Public Library. Many thanks to Amy Crump and her library staff for inviting us to give some information about how to prevent your pet from being lost, and how to find it if it does get lost. If you missed the program, here is a summary of what we discussed:


Keep your dog on a leash, tether or in a securely fenced area at all times when it is outside the house. This is required by city ordinance. Keep a close eye on those indoor cats, they are strangely drawn to experience the out-of-doors via an open door or window.


Marshall City Ordinance requires all cats and dogs 6 months of age and older to carry a current rabies tag and a city license.

1. Rabies inoculations are available only through a licensed veterinarian. A paper certificate and metal tag, both uniquely numbered, are issued to the owner. Your contact information is recorded so that the animal can be tracked through the tag number. The tag must be affixed to the animal.
2.Numbered city license tags are available from the Marshall Police Department upon presentation of the paper rabies certificate. Your contact information is recorded so that the animal can be tracked through the tag number. There is no charge for a city license. This tag must be affixed to the animal.

Microchipping is available through your veterinarian. This is a process of inserting a tiny microchip capsule in an animal which contains a unique ID # with which we can access your contact info. Most veterinarians and animal shelters have microchip readers which can help get an animal returned to you more quickly. THIS DOES NOT REPLACE A CITY LICENSE TAG AND RABIES TAG. Talk with your vet about the pros and cons of microchipping.


If you lose a pet in Marshall, there are several things you can do:

1.Scout around your neighborhood, your furry friend may just be on walkabout.
2.Call the Animal Shelter--831-0420. We will take your information and be on the lookout. A picture always helps, if available.
3.Call KMMO, our local radio station, and ask to put your lost pet's information on Pet Patrol. 660-886-7422. They air this program daily at 3:45 p.m., and will read your info for three days at no charge to you.
4.LISTEN to KMMO Pet Patrol! Someone may have found your pet.
5.Put an ad in the local Marshall Democrat-News. There is a charge for this.
6.Make up flyers and post in various places in your neighborhood or town. Talk with your neighbors.
7.Post your lost pet on Facebook.

In 2011 only 20% of the animals who came into the Marshall Animal Shelter were reclaimed by their owners. This is very sad. Don't lose your pet for lack of taking some of the precautions listed above! If you have questions or need more information, please contact us at 660-831-0420, or email us at marshallanimalshelter@yahoo.com

View our animals at www.salineanimalleague.org

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The Marshall Animal Shelter is located at 325 N. Grant Ave., Marshall, MO,65340. Phone number is 660-831-0420. Business hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week, except holidays, and by chance or appointment. Adoption fees for fully vetted dogs $100 and fully vetted cats $90. View our pets at www.salineanimalleague.org.
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