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MAYFIELD, Ky. (FOX 56) – Animal rescue groups and shelters have been in Kentucky working to save the pets and stray caught in the storm.

The Mayfield-Graves County Animal Shelter partnered with state and national supporters have already saved over 50 animals as of Dec. 15 said Todd Blevins, with the Humane Society of the United States.

The Humane Society of the United States has provided animal search and rescue assistance after the deadly tornados in Kentucky.

The team working on search and rescue on Dec. 16 said they found a small tabby cat in the rubble of a Mayfield neighborhood.

The sounds of chainsaws and of the cleanup likely caused most pets, like the tabby cat, to be on edge. However, the team described the cat as curious and hungry enough to get a better look at his condition.

After gaining the cat’s trust the tabby was returned to Mayfield-Graves County Animal Shelter, where he was checked for a microchip.

The shelter has had a steady stream of individuals and families hoping to be reunited with their pets.

“It’s moments like these that remind us how precious the human-animal bond is,” said Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States. “Pets are truly members of the family, and we are doing all we can to ensure these precious individuals get home safely.”

Officials ask anyone who finds pets to bring them to their local animal shelter so they have the best chance at being reunited with their families.

Tornado and storm survivors are encouraged to visit their municipal shelter to file a lost pet report.