Animal Control officers picked her up in the 1000 block of East Locust on Tuesday, March 27th.
So far, no owner has shown up, but Heather says she'll get a second chance through local rescue groups like C.A.R.E.
"Once a rescue group tags them, we give them a rabies shot and then send them on to the rescue and from there, the group will adopt them out to a family."
A rescue group has also tagged the Dachshund mix puppy. He's still on a stray hold for a couple of days but Heather thinks he was either abandoned or a stray with no owner. He was picked up by animal control in the 500 block of East Harrison on Thursday, March 29th. Like the Red Heeler, the puppy will likely wind up at a local rescue so he can be adopted into a good home..
"About 35 percent of the dogs that come in are being returned to their owners and the other percentage of dogs, if they're adoptable, 100 percent of those are being adopted out."
Our Leigh's Lost and Found facebook page is helping with those numbers. Today's dogs along with many others are featured there and owners who have lost their pets can also post their pictures and stories on the page. Heather says every extra pair of eyes that sees these animals increases the chance they'll be reunited with their family or find a new one.
"We seem to be returning a lot more to their owners. There are a lot of people here that keep an eye on Craigslist and different facebook sites like Leigh's Lost and Found, and they'll compare the list ads to the dogs we have at the shelter and they're contacting the owners to tell them they found them."
The local rescue groups that help animal control adopt out animals are holding a fundraiser right now. For just an $8 donation, you'll provide a Rabies and Bordatella shot for an animal and give them a second chance at life. You'll also get the chance to pick the name for one of the dogs or cats currently held by animal control. To make a donation and to see all the animals at the Springfield Animal Shelter, follow this link.