- Associated Press - Sunday, October 23, 2016

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Night-drop kennels give stray animals a warm place to spend the night in Anchorage.

People who find animals after hours but cannot take them home can leave them in heated kennels behind Anchorage Animal Care and Control, reported KTVA-TV (https://bit.ly/2dN4Xdv ).

The kennels have water access and the doors lock behind the animals.

Shelter workers check the kennels every morning.

Animal Care and Control spokeswoman Laura Atwood said shelter staffers feel for animals left outside despite the availability of kennels.

“Somebody was trying to get the dog in the kennels at about 11 that night I believe and the security cameras showed the dog waiting out here until about 6 in the morning,” she said, noting that the dog was later brought in by shelter staff.

Workers were never able to catch a cat that was left in a fenced play area.

“Obviously we feel for them,” Atwood said. “I still worry about that cat. I still wonder.”

People are asked to fill out a form detailing information like where the animal was found.

Atwood said the night-drop is intended for stray animals but is also used by people who want to surrender their pets to the facility.

A surrender agreement is on the other side of the form.

“We’re always very grateful for the good Samaritans in our community who pick up those stray animals and bring them here,” Atwood said.

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Information from: KTVA-TV, https://www.ktva.com

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