Animal shelters do more than take in strays and abandoned animals. They also are a place where frantic pet owners go when beloved pets disappear. Sadly, not too many pet-owner reunions take place in shelters.
Often the pet simply isn’t there, of course, but there are also cases where the pet is there but can’t be identiﬁed with absolute certainty. This is the reason that vets and animal control experts highly recommend having the pet tattooed or implanted with a microchip, not to mention wearing a collar with an ID tag.