In today's Leigh's Lost and Found report we're featuring two sibling puppies found together in east Springfield. Plus, some advice from animal control if you're considering a puppy for your home.
"They were found together as strays, they're about eight to 10 weeks old."
Shelter Director Heather Ferrier says these sisters are Anatolian Shepherd mixes, and while they're small balls of fur right now, she says they will grow a lot.
"They're going to be really big dogs. They came in in really good shape, they both had new collars on. They're fat and healthy and were clean and smell good."
The siblings were found in east Springfield. Heather believes someone did own them, but she's not sure if they're lost or were dumped.
"Possibly Christmas puppies, either that somebody decided were just too much for them or they're missing and they don't know where to go look for them.
Heather says the Springfield Animal Shelter starts seeing a lot of dumped puppies after Christmas, with the peak coming in April. She says before you get one, be sure you and your family are ready to look beyond the cute faces at the work involved in raising them.
"There's a lot that goes into housebreaking, there's a lot that goes into their care. If they're away for the first time from their mom and siblings then they'll likely cry a lot for a few days. Your whole family needs to be on board or it's something that just won't work out."
If you recognize today's featured puppies or if you've lost an animal, you can call animal control at 417-833-3592. You can also visit their website to see a gallery of pictures of all the animals currently there and to fill out an online lost pet form.
Another great resource is the Leigh's Lost and Found facebook page. Anyone can post a lost or found animal on there. The almost 13,000 fans are helping to successfully reunite or rehome pets every day, so be sure to 'like' the page and share it with your friends.