Mariah Garcia Midlands Human Society
Many of us have been there. Take Fido out for your morning potty break when you see a squirrel, a car driving, or another canine friend who wants to say hello. Alternatively, Fluffy silently slides out of the door even if the door is only open for her one millisecond.
One minute they are in your garden or home and the next they are nowhere to be seen. , is very important to MHS.
The Midlands Humane Society has reunited 427 pets with their owners in 2022. That’s 42 more pets than he has in 2021. When a stray animal is brought into an animal shelter, it is first scanned for a microchip. A microchip, as defined by the AKC, is a “radio frequency identification transponder with a unique identification number roughly the size of a grain of rice. It doesn’t require any tools or moving parts, and the microchip is injected under the loose skin between your pet’s shoulder blades, making it less invasive than a vaccine.”
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Next, the microchip must be registered in the corresponding database using the owner’s information. So when the pet comes to her MHS and is scanned, it is easy to contact the owner if they have a microchip and the contact information is up to date. MHS offers microchips for just $25 without a reservation.
If your pet has gone missing in Pottawatamie County, we strongly encourage you to stop by the Midlands Humane Society daily until your pet is found. We accept loss reports. However, you are the one who knows your pet best and can identify it much more easily than a stranger. Under Council Bluffs ordinances, MHS is legally required to keep pets for three days before beginning the adoption readiness process. With animals coming in every day, MHS does not have kennel space to keep animals indefinitely, so it is essential that owners who have lost their animals come to the shelter quickly and often to look for their pets.
If you’re on Facebook, there are many pages and groups dedicated to lost and found animals found in Council Bluffs and the surrounding area. Some examples are “Council Bluffs Lost and Found Pets” and “Council Bluffs/Omaha Area Lost Pets”. People in the community can post pictures and information about animals they find in hopes that the owner will scan the post. If a member of the public finds an animal, they must take it to a clinic or shelter, have it scanned for a microchip, and fill out a finding report at MHS. Apps like Nextdoor are also great resources for posting lost or found animals.
MHS is happy to answer any questions you may have regarding lost or found pets. Feel free to call us at 712-396-2270 during normal business hours.
MHS Pet of the Week:chief An 11 year old neutered male Australian Shepherd mix who hopes to get a lot of attention in his new home. He is a very laid back, quiet guy who naps all day. Don’t worry, he still has enough energy for his daily walks and playing in the yard!
Draco is a 2-year-old neutered male American Bully mix with a large ball in the sun. He is always happy and loves everyone he meets. He likes to learn new tricks and is eager to do so, especially when treats and butt-scratching are involved. Draco must be adopted in areas without breeding bans.
Tinky is a 4 year old domestic cat looking for a very special home. She is a perfect example of how cats can thrive in a home environment. We were opening up a colony and decided to give Tinky her own room! Her exercise needs to be a priority for her new owner as she needs to be at a healthier weight.
Smokey A 3-year-old domestic medium hair who came to MHS in September. He is so shy and shut up that Smokey was brought into the office so he could come out of his shell at his own pace…and boy is it a whole new cat! Although he can be timid towards people, he is a huge love bug and is very playful with people he feels safe with. I will do my best in a quiet home where we can do a lot together.
MHS is open from 11am to 5pm on Saturdays and from 12pm to 6pm on weekdays.