PEOPLE who are going on holiday and leaving their pets to be looked after by relatives or friends should make sure their animals are fitted with temporary identity tags.

These should bear the contact details of their temporary carers, making it easier for animal welfare workers to re-unite cats and dogs with these people if they go missing.

That’s the message from Petline organiser Chris Butterworth who says Trafford’s animal sanctuaries are still struggling to cope with the numbers of missing and abandoned creatures roaming the borough’s streets.

On a different note, one cat and two dogs have been re-united with their relieved owners.

Lost * LOLA: a 10 month old, ginger and white female cat wearing a red and white striped collar. She is micro-chipped and she went missing in the Portland Road area of Bowdon on January 28. Call 0161 928 0898.

* SPENCER: a black and tan, long haired, Alsatian type male dog wearing a collar. He is micro-chipped and he wennt missing in The Thirsk Avenue area of Sale on January 29. Call 0161 283 8712 or 07843 915 641.

* MERLIN: a large, black ad white, Felix type neutered male cat. Went missing in the Yew Tree Lane area of Northenden on January 25. He is new to the area. Call 0161 998 7073.

Using Petline If you would like to put a missing pet on the register or you have any news about animals but do not wish to speak directly to the owners, call Chris Butterworth on 0161 902 0483, between 12 noon and 9pm. If she’s not around, please keep trying.

If you would like a photo of a missing pet to accompany a written appeal, send it to Rick Bowen, SAM, 7 Crossford Court, Dane Road, Sale, M33 7BZ but speak to Chris at Petline first.