Not only did people lose homes and property during Hurricane Floyd, many were separated from their pets. Over 1,200 rescued animals were scattered in shelters around the state. Many never were reunited with their owners. In 2003, the State Animal Response Team (SART) partnered with other organizations to provide micro-chips to identify pets. To date, only 56,000 of the state's estimated 2.6 million companion animals have been equipped in this manner.