Lost and found pets

LOST: “Sasha,” Yorkshire terrier, black and golden, female, pink collar, N.C. 33 East and U.S. 17, Chocowinity. 623-9490; “Tootie,” female dog, 4 months old, black with white spot on chest, Sterling Pointe Drive, Winterville, 341-6187; “Ranger,” pit bull, male, light brown, 3 years old, folded ears, tall, Old Snow Hill Road and West Hanrahan roads, Ayden, 919-738-8698 “Baby,” spayed, long-haired cat, light tan and brown, 11 years old, blue eyes, declawed on front, gray flea collar, long bushy tail, Bremerton Drive, 707-287-8496; spayed white and black spotted cat, Bertha Lane near Macgregor Downs, 902-1731 ; “Chaz,” Shih Tzu/Maltese mix, neutered, black and white, 11 years old, 12-13 pounds, red collar with name plate, shaggy fur, Avon Road, 940-3401; “Brutus,” pit bull mix, neutered, orange and white, 7 years old, 70 pounds, aqua collar with tags, and “D. O. G.,” terrier mix, neutered, black and white, 9 years old, multi-colored collar with tags, both Speight Seed, Abbott Farm and Roundtree roads areas, Winterville, 757-1064; “Baby Kitty,” spayed, brown tabby with red tints, 1 year old, small and slender, microchipped, Speight Seed Farm Road, Winterville, 560-7303 or 336-429-8833.

FOUND: Yorkie, black, brown and tan, small and slender, matted fur, collar, Dixon Road, Grimesland, 902-1731. (All reclaims must provide proof of ownership.)

Preparedness plan recommended

Pitt County Animal Services has joined the Humane Society of the United States and The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement in suggesting residents of Pitt County create a preparedness plan that includes their pets in the event community is impacted by the virus that causes COVID-19.

The preparedness plan includes identifying family members or friends to care for pets if someone in the household comes ill and is hospitalized.

The World Small Animal Veterinary Association states that there is no evidence that companion animals can be infected with or spread COVID-19. This is also the view of the World Health Organization.

Other recommendations of the plan include:

Research potential boarding facilities to utilize in the event boarding your pet becomes necessary.

Have crates, food and extra supplies for your pet on hand in case moving them becomes necessary or if the disease spreads in the community and it becomes necessary to reduce social exposure.

All animal vaccines should be up to date in the event boarding becomes necessary.

Ensure all medications are documented with dosages and administering instructions. Including the prescription from the prescribing veterinarian is also helpful.

Pets should have identification including a collar with current identification tags and a registered microchip.

Contact Kim Grizzard at kgrizzard@reflector.com or call 329-9578.