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LOST & FOUND: Owner finds missing pet from storm

ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Fla. -- If you have a pet missing after last week's storms and flooding, you're not the only one.

Phyllis Covalt of Ensley was reunited with her dog, Bella on Tuesday.  Covalt picked her up at the Escambia County Animal Shelter.  She says she got the lead from the website, petharbor.com.

"It's a relief," Covalt said.  "Everything stopped at the home, everything was about trying to find her."

Covalt says Bella ran off during last week's storm.  Covalt says thunder makes Bella edgy, so she needs to be put indoors.  But during the storm her dog was able to push a window open and take off.

The Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa County Shelters aren't reporting an influx of found animals.  But, Kim Schraishuhn Rainer, who run 'Lost & Found Pets of Pensacola and Surrounding Areas ' says they've seen a lot spike in number of lost and found pets on their site.  Lost and Found Pets of Pensacola is a Facebook page devoted to reuniting owners with their missing pets.

"We average 20 to 30 posts a day," Schraishuhn Rainer said. "Since the storms, I'd say say we've been average 40 to 45 posts a day."

Schraishuhn Rainer says aside from her page and petharbor.com, many people also post lost and found pets on craigslist.
She also says people have find lost animals should notify shelters.

"Don't get discouraged, the best thing they can do is keep checking the sites," Covalt said.

Schraishuhn Rainer also says in the next few days, she's worried many people may have to find foster homes for the pets after the storms damaged their homes.

She says they have a sister Facebook page devoted to helping people who need to temporarily give up their cats and dogs. It's called Pet Friendly Pensacola.