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Animal Services: Keep Pets Indoors During July Fourth Holiday

Losing a pet is no way to celebrate a holiday. That is why Animal Services is urging pet owners to bring their pets indoors for the July Fourth holiday.

Each year on July 5, Animal Care Officers receive a large number of calls regarding pets that escaped from their families or dug out of their yards in a desperate attempt to flee after being frightened by fireworks.

The bright lights and noises made by the fireworks can cause a great deal of stress for animals. That’s why pet owners are being urged to bring their pets indoors and follow the tips below.

Tips to help keep your pets safe and calm:

  • Resist the urge to take your pets to fireworks displays
  • Keep pets indoors, close the curtains
  • Take pets outside on a leash to “do their business” prior to the fireworks starting
  • Turn on the radio or television to help mask outdoor noises
  • Keep a well-fitting (not tight) collar and identification/license on your pet; animals that are licensed, microchipped or that have ID tags have a better chance of being returned to their owners
  • If your pet is crate-trained, place it in its crate
  • If you have a new pet and you do not know how it will react to loud noises, stay with your pet
  • If you must be outside, keep your pet on a leash or in a carrier at all times

Please note that the Animal Services Shelter at 5001 Fred Wilson we will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, July 4. The shelter will also be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 5.

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