Dozens of pets disappear in Nebraska wildfires

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The McCook Humane Society said when the wildfires started on Friday, it could not know how many animals were missing.

Thanks to social media, some have been reunited, but others are still waiting for their four-legged friends to come home.

Tommy, a 4-year-old indoor cat from Cambridge, was last seen on Friday evening.

Its owner, Colonie Jones, said Tommy escaped during his evacuation to Arapahoe.

“It was in the middle of all this really bad wind, and I tried to look for it in the dark, and it just took off like a gunshot,” Jones said. “He was scared to death.”

She has returned to Arapahoe every day since, hoping to find Tommy.

She’s posted on social media and even made flyers, but there’s still no sign of Tommy.

The more the days pass, the more she worries. She just wants Tommy home.

“He’s definitely part of the family, and with our kids growing up and gone, he’s pretty much our baby,” Jones said. “But I really want him to come home.”

The Humane Society, the number of missing animals has become overwhelming.

“It was tough, I mean ‘okay, we got it, we got it, we’re at six, we’re at a dozen’, I mean at one point, I guarantee you, we were a few dozens,” said shelter manager Lorie Prestes.

Joyce Deaver is another heartbroken landlord.

She has not seen Dakota, her 9-year-old Newfoundland, since Friday when he went missing during evacuations near Cambridge.

But he was spotted. A group of firefighters from Albion saw Dakota on Saturday.

Deaver said it gave him a glimmer of hope, but as the days go by, that hope becomes harder and harder to find.

“I went out for a run before work, and the sun was shining and it was a beautiful morning, and I kept thinking I’d see him coming to the top of the hill,” Deaver said. “But the longer it lasts, the more I worry.”

She wants nothing more than to bring Dakota home where he belongs.

“He just knows I’m there every day with his treats, and yes, I miss him terribly because he’s so scared of people, but yet he always lay on my lap and left me scratching behind his ears,” Deaver said.

The Humane Society said it is still actively searching for missing animals.

The shelter offers dog and cat food, blankets and other pet supplies for those in need.

The Humane Society encourages anyone with a missing pet to talk about it on social media or contact the shelter.

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