Laura Chavarria has spent her career caring for animals. At the Nashville Humane Association she serves as the executive director and on Thursday it was all hands on deck.
“July, 5 is when we see a lot of strays come into the building and we have people coming in looking for their missing pets,” Chavarria explained.
She said fireworks and pets are not a good combination, “animals will run and bolt. It’s something that’s not normal for them, they’re very scared.”
Already they've had a handful of strays turned in. Luckily, each one of them was micro chipped. “They literally came in the building, we scanned them and they were gone in 15 minutes,” Chavarria said.
However, not every dog has found his family. Bodie, a 4-year-old poodle is still waiting. In the meantime Chavarria and her crew are caring for him. “Adopting into loving, forever homes, reuniting them with their families is what it’s all about,” she said.
If you find a stray make sure to take it to a local vet clinic, humane society or animal control. That gives pets the best chance of finding their family or a forever home. “The heartbreaking thing is seeing people come in here, especially children that are missing their animals and those animals never made it to the shelter because someone found a stray and wanted to keep it,” said Chavarria.
If you're missing a pet in the Nashville area, check in with the Nashville Humane Association at (615) 352-1010 or Metro Animal Care and Control at 615-862-7928.