New Tool Helps Track Pets

HAWAII KAI (KHNL) - The spectacle and sounds of fireworks isn't for pets.

The 4th of July is one of those nights when a lot of frightened animals run away from home.

Now the Hawaiian Humane Society has a new tool to help you find your lost pet.

Each truck has a laptop in it, to help reunite lost pets with owners much quicker than before.

"This is a Panasonic Toughbook laptop," said Vernon Ling, investigator.

It helps him do his job more efficiently. He remembers what it was like without it.

"And we had to wait until the end of shift to get back to the shelter and into the system to get on the computer system to input all our animals and do whatever work we needed to do," said Ling.

Ling responds to a call of a stray dog in Hawaii Kai.

If the pet was microchipped, the laptop would've instantly given him the dog's information, instead of waiting for busy dispatchers to help him out. Fortunately, Ling was still able to reunite Chance with his owner.

"I feel great. I feel so relieved. I just got married, it's not something I wanted to have to deal with," said Shawn Baker, owner.

Thanks to this new tool, Ling's job is done, within an hour.

"This type of thing when you reunite animals back to their owners, it's always rewarding," he said.