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Due to flooding, there's a significant increase of pets at the Bradford County Humane Society. Many animals have been displaced or gotten lost. Our Lara Greenberg tells us how they're coping and what you can do to help.

ULSTER, P.A. -- When you visit the Bradford County Humane Society, you expect to see dogs and cats, but not this many.

"We have dogs living outside here which we normally try not to do. We also have way more dogs inside than normally because of the flood situation," said Jennifer Spencer, from the Bradford County Humane Society.

Normally the shelter holds about 30 dogs and 40 cats. Now they're up to almost 40 dogs and more than 50 cats.

Reasons for the increase include a rise in strays and displaced families and pets because of the flood.

Spencer says a number of the pets who are at the shelter have been lost because of the flood. Some pet owners have come back to pick up their lost cats and dogs, but she encourages anyone who's lost a pet to come by and see if they're here."

"We had some dogs and a few cats that came in as strays, but we're pretty sure they're part of the flood victims," said Spencer.

To deal with the overload of pets, the shelter is looking for more volunteer dog walkers. No training or orientation is required, just passion.

"You have to really love animals, first of all. If you're the kind of person who just says, 'oh this would look good on a resume' or something like that, don't bother," said volunteer Jason George.

Even though shelter space is tight, people are still encouraged to bring their pets to the shelter if they're in danger of being near toxic waste.

If you'd like to become a volunteer or want to learn more about adopting or searching for a lost pet, call the shelter at (570) 888-2114.

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