SHASTA COUNTY, Calif - Every Fourth of July, local animal shelters are bombarded with dozens of calls from pet owners devastated that their family member is missing.
"If you've ever owned a pet you know just the fact that they're missing even for 20 minutes it's scary especially when you don't know where they're going," said Haven Humane CHief of Operation, Chief LeeAnne Smith.
Over the last few days, good samaritan's have called in or brought in strays to the Haven Humane Society facility in Redding.
Officials with the Humane Society say this has been a particularly good year because only three pets have been brought in.
Which is a significant drop compared to the last few years.
"So far we are very happy that things are turning out well," said Smith.
However, another 16 to 18 dogs are still missing from their homes countywide, and are now with Humane Society employees as they work on reuniting them with their families.
But for this owner, who was in tears, one missing pet is just too much.
"I feel very sad. I miss her a lot even though I do have nine cats in my room right now but I love Callie. She is the best cat I ever had, " said Emma Schaden Guevara.
Photo of Missing Cat "Callie"
Callie went missing a few days ago and Schaden-Guevara is terrified of the loud noises from the fireworks may have driven her further away from home.
Schaden-Guevara checked in with the humane society on Thursday ... but no luck.
However, officials say it is only the day after and there is still hope.
"A lot more people out there with feelers in the area and were feeling very hopeful that will get them back, " said Smith.
Officials Action News Now spoke with said, there are tips you can follow if you are missing a pet.
These include posting on social media, checking shelters and the humane society.
If you do find a lost pet, they ask you call authorities and let them know exactly where it is so you don't spook any of the pets and they run away.
If you happen to spot "Callie" please contact our reporter Elizabeth Zelidon, who will call Emma and help you reunite the family.
Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org
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