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Shelter works to reunite lost animals with owners after tornadoes

Approximately 15 animals came to the shelter after the storms hit and are waiting until they can be reunited with their loved ones.

CNN Wire

9:59 AM CST, March 8, 2012

Louisville, Ky.

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People across the Midwest and South lost a lot in last Friday's tornadoes, and some of them even lost their pets. 

Michael Clark visited an animal shelter outside Louisville that is working to reunite stray animals with their owners.

You can hear barks before the door opens at the J.B. Ogle Animal Shelter, which is the current home to many lost pets. 

Approximately 15 animals came to the shelter after the storms hit and are waiting until they can be reunited with their loved ones. 

Director Sarah Green is trying to make it happen.

“We're trying to keep from having them go here and there and everywhere, because it's going to be hard, in the end, to reunite the owners with their pets,” said Green.

Some animals were rescued from the storm’s wreckage but others wandered off before the shelter could find them. 

“They're already going through a terrible emotional time, and the one comfort they have is their pets, and they're missing, and they don't know what's happened to them,” said Green. “It's really traumatic for them.”

Without tags or collars, Green does not even know the pets’ names. However, through Facebook, she posts pictures and looks for descriptions of others still missing.

“I've seen a little bit of activity on Facebook--people posting on our Facebook page that they've lost their animal,” said Green.

In the meantime, her lobby is stacked with donations to care for the pets until they are home.

“I wish we, I wish we could help more,” said Green. “But hopefully, those animals will come through in the next couple of days.”