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PHOTOS: 100+ unclaimed pets left at SCRAPS after 4th of July

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108 pets were left at shelters over the holiday weekend. 108 pets were left at shelters over the holiday weekend.
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Tonight there's still some unfortunate aftermath of the 4th of July in animal shelters throughout the Inland Northwest.

Shelters took in 108 dogs and cats over the holiday weekend, which is more than they usually get in a month.

Most of them are pets that got scared by fireworks and ran off. But for some reason, people aren't coming to get them.

Out of those 108, SCRAPS says 65 of them are still there, and 57 of them are cats.

Janet Dixon, The development manager for SCRAPS, says unfortunately if the owners don't come pick up their pets by this weekend, they may have a tough time ever seeing them again.

"This is because the owners were given their 5 days, they've never showed up. So now we've gotta put them up for adoption and find them happy homes," said Dixon.

While no one wants their pet to get out, it happens - but having them go unclaimed at the shelter is completely preventable.

If you license and microchip your pet, and a SCRAPS officer finds them, they'll call you in the field and bring your pet home.

For cats, the license costs 15 or 25 dollars... Depending if they're fixed or not.

For dogs, it's 25 or 50 dollars.

If your pet isn't micro-chipped, but you'd like it to be, you're in luck.

SCRAPS is holding a clinic on Friday, July 15th, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. If you get your pet licensed at the clinic... Your microchip is free.

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