WAUSAU (WAOW) -- Severe weather makes for a busy day at the Humane Society. The Marathon County shelter had some extra visitors due to the storm.
Mary Kirlin, Executive Director says they had several lost pet reports and saw dozens of lost pets turned in during and after the severe weather.
Humane Society leaders say it's not uncommon for pets to get scared when they hear thunder and heavy rain.
Kirlin says, "Dogs get scared by storms. The change in pressure can hurt their ears, sets them off in a panic. The dogs in here can start to panic and it's the same thing at home. Doesn't apply to every animal, but it does, cats included. They're going to look for a safe place to go."
Still, it's important to be secure your pets this time of year.
"When you're home make sure your pets are safe and secured realize this is a stormy time of year, it's summer, storms can pop up at any time, give them a secure spot, make sure they have proper ID on collar and tag secure," says Kirlin.