New online tool helps reunite lost pets with owners

 MARCH 29– The Tennessee Department of Health has created a web-based resource to use rabies vaccination tags to help reunite lost pets with their owners.
Those who find stray pets wearing state Health Department rabies tags can now use this tool on the department’s website to search for and identify the veterinarians who vaccinated the animals, who can then help with information to find the owners.
“We’ve received excellent cooperation from veterinarians across the state who understand the emotional toll of losing a beloved pet and are eager to help return missing dogs and cats to their owners,” said Health Department Commissioner John Dreyzehner. “Those who find a pet can simply look up the TDH rabies tag number on our website to find the vet who administered the vaccination. That vet can, in turn, use the tag number to identify the owner and be part of the reunion process.”
The Health Department website lists rabies tag numbers in sequential order to make it easier to find the appropriate veterinarian. The list is available at http://tn.gov/health/article/rabies-tags.

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