Keep Pets Safe on the Fourth of July!
(Phoenix – June 24, 2014) – The Fourth of July holiday is filled with fireworks, parties and fun festivities, but it can be a dangerous time for family pets. Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC) offers the following safety tips for pets and pet owners:
Don’t take pets with you to fireworks displays. Large crowds and noisy fireworks can frighten dogs. Many animals are scared by the loud noises associated with Fourth of July festivities. It’s best to leave your pets at home.
Keep pets indoors. Some pets are terrified of fireworks and loud celebrations. Even the most well-behaved pet may panic and jump over, or dig under a fence to escape his yard. Create a safe haven for your pet in a quiet part of your home. Make sure they have food, water, bedding and a few favorite toys (include a litterbox for feline family members). Consider turning on a radio or television to help drown out the sound of fireworks and parties.
Make sure your pet has current identification. MCACC recommends that dogs have a current license tag attached to their collar, and cats should be wearing an appropriate identification tag. Most of the stray animals arriving at MCACC shelters have no collar, ID tag or microchip. Last fiscal year, MCACC took in 41,347 animals. Only 4,253 of those dogs and cats were reunited with their families.
Visit MCACC Shelters if you lose your pet. If your pet does go missing be sure to visit
MCACC shelters every two days. Both MCACC shelters will be closed on July 4th, but will reopen at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 5th. You can also utilize MCACC’s interactive Lost and Found map at www.maricopa.gov/pets. Also be sure to visit the Arizona Humane Society in search of your lost pet. Tell your friends and neighbors about your lost pet, post a lost pet ad on Craig’s List and file a missing pet report with www.pets911.com and www.petharbor.com.