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Local animal shelter calls springtime 'lost dog season'

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METRO—Humans aren't the only ones who've been enjoying this nice weather as of late.

Eeyore is like most dogs; she likes to play, she makes goofy faces and she has something any pup should have: a tiny implant in her back with info about where she's from.

Homeward Animal Shelter manager Heather Clyde says those chips are crucial for reuniting pet and owner especially come springtime, also known as lost dog season.

She says the nicer weather means more time outside, and more chances to get lost.

The Microchips and ID's are helpful, but Clyde says a quick response to a runaway is important as well.

"Sooner you get the word out the better luck you're going to have. contact local law enforcement and the pounds first," said Clyde.

She also recommends checking local lost pet forums, but what do you do if you find a lost dog?

It's usually best to get the police involved, we met with the West Fargo Police Department and officers say there's a couple of things to keep in mind if you find a lost pet.

Assistant Chief Jerry Boyer says the most important thing to do is not where you see the animal, and to avoid trying to catch it, since it could bite.

He says it's best to leave the animal be to avoid startling it..

"We don't want them running out into traffic or causing a crash, so best thing to do is observe the animal and give us a call," said Boyer.

So even as owners spend more time outside with their dogs, it's important to know what to do when man's best friend becomes man's lost friend.

Homeward animal shelter is holding a microchip clinic from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. this Saturday.

Each chip costs $20 dollars to implant.

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