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WHO LET THE DOGS OUT? FIREWORKS
Pasadena Humane Society recommends pets stay home on the Fourth of July
PASADENA, Calif. (June 26, 2014) - - July 5 is the busiest day for animal shelters everywhere . Pets scared by the loud noises of the Fourth of July fireworks run away from their homes. Humane officers and concerned citizens bring many cats and dogs that are confused and exhausted to safety at the shelter. PHS recommends the following tips:
- Do not take pets to watch fireworks .
- Keep pets inside during Fourth of July celebrations . Keeping them confined at home will help them to feel safe. Playing a radio may help diffuse the loud noise of fireworks.
- Be certain that pet’s ID tags are current. Update pet’s microchip information if necessary. A visible form of identification is the best way to ensure that pets can be returned home.
- If a pet may become extremely agitated or stressed, consult a veterinarian and discuss the possibility of sedatives or overnight boarding. Pet owners can call an animal behavior specialist to work with pets, but do this well in advance.
- If a pet runs away, search the kennels of the shelter closest to home. Many shelters post photos of the animals that come into their facility on their website. PHS’ website, www.pasadenahumane.org, is updated hourly so that lost animals may be quickly reunited with their owners. Post signs and visit nearby shelters for at least the next month. Animals can run a long way when they are badly frightened.
- If a cat is lost, it may stay in hiding for several days or weeks, so be sure to leave plenty of food and fresh water outside. (Pick it up at night so unwanted wild animals aren’t attracted.) Post signs and check local and neighboring shelters in person and online; a pet’s description may fit several animals in the shelter.
PHS will have extra animal control officers on duty the evening of July 4 and will open at 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 5 to help reunite lost pets with their families. The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA is located at 361 S. Raymond Ave, Pasadena 91105.
About the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA
The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA is an open door, community-funded center, which provides all animals a place where they receive a safe haven, care and respect. The agency provides essential animal welfare and control services for the cities of Arcadia, Bradbury, Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge, Monrovia, Pasadena, San Marino, Sierra Madre and South Pasadena. For more information, visit www.pasadenahumane.org.