Mexicans search for pets missing since the 7.1 earthquake

Jack is a small white dog who lives in Mexico City and has been missing since a magnitude 7.1 earthquake startled both humans and their pets when it struck early Tuesday afternoon.

“I got lost in the earthquake!!!” a sign with his picture taped to a tree exclaims.

Around Mexico’s capital are scattered signs for missing pets, mostly dogs, who their owners believe got scared and escaped in the chaotic moments after the devastating quake.

Rescuers have found some skittishly wandering the streets and taken them to shelters. They know they are someone’s pet because they are clean, friendly and appear well nourished.

“When a dog has been in the streets for a long time they are dirty and very thin,” said Silvia Garcia, the owner of an animal shelter that has taken in seven dogs since the quake. “These dogs are well taken care of.”

No one knows for certain how many pets are missing but many of Mexico City’s hardest-hit areas are filled with dog-friendly restaurants, parks and upscale groomers. A video of rescuers pulling a Golden Retriever from the rubble of a fallen building went viral the day of the quake. Trained search and rescue dogs are helping volunteers search for signs of life. Countless other animals have had to flee with their owners from buildings still in danger of collapse. (AP)

See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Twitter and Tumblr.

Mexicans search for pets missing since the 7.1 earthquake

A dog found wandering the streets in the aftermath of a 7.1-magnitude earthquake, stands on his hind legs, looking out from “La Casa del Mestizo” animal shelter, in Mexico City, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. Rescuers have found some animals skittishly wandering the streets and taken them to shelters. They know they are someone’€™s pet because they are clean, sociable and appear well cared for. (Photo: Natacha Pisarenko/AP)

Mexicans search for pets missing since the 7.1 earthquake

Jair and Mariam Luzan interact with their pets as they pose for a picture in their temporary home in the aftermath of a 7.1-magnitude earthquake that made them abandon their animal rescue home with their 50 dogs and pet pig, in Mexico City, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. (Photo: Natacha Pisarenko/AP)

Mexicans search for pets missing since the 7.1 earthquake

Absel Salazar holds his Chihuahua Luly after fleeing his home in response to an earthquake alarm, in Mexico City, Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017. (Photo: Marco Ugarte/AP)

Mexicans search for pets missing since the 7.1 earthquake

A dog sits in a tent at a school turned shelter for people whose homes were damaged in an earthquake, in Mexico City, Mexico, Sept. 23, 2017. (Photo: Jose Luis Gonzalez/Reuters)

Mexicans search for pets missing since the 7.1 earthquake

Algeria, left, and Jacinto, rest at a temporary home in the aftermath of a 7.1-magnitude earthquake, in Mexico City, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. (Photo: Natacha Pisarenko/AP)

Mexicans search for pets missing since the 7.1 earthquake

A kitten is pictured after it is recently adopted at a provisional pet shelter following an earthquake at Condesa neighbourhood in Mexico City, Mexico, Sept. 22, 2017. (Photo: Carlos Jasso/Reuters)

Mexicans search for pets missing since the 7.1 earthquake

Kafu rests on the back of another dog at a temporary home in the aftermath of a 7.1-magnitude earthquake in Mexico City, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. (Photo: Natacha Pisarenko/AP)

Mexicans search for pets missing since the 7.1 earthquake

A lost dog rests on a table next to vets at a provisional pet shelter after an earthquake at Condesa neighborhood in Mexico City, Mexico, Sept. 22, 2017. (Photo: Carlos Jasso/Reuters)

Mexicans search for pets missing since the 7.1 earthquake

Mariam Luzan is greeted by four of her dogs at the entrance of their temporary home in the aftermath of a 7.1-magnitude earthquake, in Mexico City, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. (Photo: Natacha Pisarenko/AP)

Mexicans search for pets missing since the 7.1 earthquake

A man talks to a neighbor while holding his pet pig on a leash after they were asked to evacuate their homes, after an earthquake in Mexico City, Mexico, Sept. 22, 2017. (Photo: Jose Luis Gonzalez/Reuters)

Mexicans search for pets missing since the 7.1 earthquake

Jair Luzan interacts with some of his pets as they relax in their temporary home in the aftermath of a 7.1-magnitude earthquake, in Mexico City, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. (Photo: Natacha Pisarenko/AP)

Mexicans search for pets missing since the 7.1 earthquake

People who live in a school turned shelter as their homes were damaged in an earthquake, walk their dogs in Mexico City, Mexico, Sept. 23, 2017. (Photo: Jose Luis Gonzalez/Reuters)

Mexicans search for pets missing since the 7.1 earthquake

Nina eyes the camera while walking through a park in Mexico City, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. Nina’s owner had to abandon his home after Tuesday’s magnitude 7.1 earthquake. She is now being looked after by a friend until her owner can find a place suitable for pets, or is able to return to their home. (Photo: Natacha Pisarenko/AP)

Mexicans search for pets missing since the 7.1 earthquake

A flyer seeking a missing pet named Jack is posted on a tree, in Mexico City, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. Jack is a small white dog who lives in Mexico City and has been missing since a magnitude 7.1 earthquake startled both humans and their pets when it struck early Tuesday afternoon. (Photo: Natacha Pisarenko/AP)

Mexicans search for pets missing since the 7.1 earthquake

A rescuer pulls a dog out of the rubble during the search for survivors in Mexico City on Sept. 20, 2017 after a strong quake hit central Mexico. (Photo: Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images)

Mexico Earthquake Pets

A dog found wandering the streets in the aftermath of a 7.1-magnitude earthquake, stands on his hind legs, looking out from “La Casa del Mestizo” animal shelter, in Mexico City, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. (Photo: Natacha Pisarenko/AP)

By using Yahoo you agree that Yahoo and partners may use Cookies for personalisation and other purposes