(Phoenix, June 27, 2013) – 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. Even the calmest animals can be scared by the loud noises associated with Fourth of July festivities. It’s best to leave your pets at home.
- Keep pets indoors. Many 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 their dog license attached to their collar and cats should be wearing an appropriate identification tag. Many pets are not reunited with their families if they become lost because they don’t have I.D. – or the I.D. they do have contains incorrect information.
- Visit MCACC Shelters if you lose your pet. If your pet does go missing be sure to visit MCACC shelters every two days. Both shelters will be closed on July 4th, but will reopen at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 5th. Additionally, tell your friends and neighbors about your lost pet and file a missing pet report with www.petharbor.com.
For more information, visit our web site at www.pets.maricopa.gov or call (602) 506-7387.
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Maricopa County Animal Care & Control is a full service animal welfare agency with shelter, adoptions, field services, licensing and education programs. Our mission is to promote and protect the health, safety, and welfare of people and pets in Maricopa County.