Most pets are not thrilled when it comes to 4th of July and fireworks. We wanted to share an article from The Oregon Humane Society and how to help keep your pets safe and secure during this coming holiday.
Keep Pets Safe and Secure this Fourth of July
The Oregon Humane Society wants every pet owner to enjoy the holiday while keeping their pet(s) safe and secure.
Independence Day is not a time of celebration for our pets. The fireworks that we humans find so thrilling can drive pets, especially dogs, into a state of utter panic.
The explosions (even miles away) of fireworks, the high-pitched swoosh of rockets climbing into the sky, the flashes of light—these can all be overwhelming sensory assaults.
If your pet is terrified of fireworks, you probably know the signs: s/he cowers, trembles in fear, or hides and appears disoriented. Some pets become so frightened they take drastic action. They can crash through a screen door, jump out of a window, or leap over a fence.
Many Pets go Missing During July 4th Celebrations
Every year, Portland animal shelters have their hands full dealing with lost dogs that bolted on July 4th, cats that have run off, and anxious owners looking for them. Sadly, some lost pets are never recovered.
There are ways to make July 4th safer and less stressful for pets. Keep your pet indoors as much as possible on July 4th—and for a few days before and after, if your pet is extremely phobic of fireworks. If you find a stray animal, please keep them with you until your local animal shelter is open and ready to receive it.
Ways to Ensure Your Pet Won’t Run Off
The Oregon Humane Society urges pet owners to follow the suggestions below to ensure their pets will not run off.
- Make sure all pets, even indoor-only cats, are wearing a collar with an identification tag that includes your name and telephone number. A microchip is also a good idea. Terrified animals will become confused and disoriented. They may end up miles from home or deep under a neighbor’s porch. The simple precaution of an ID tag will safe a lot of time, anguish, and energy.
- Fireworks are on sale now–that means that people may begin shooting them off early. Walk dogs early in the early evening, well before nightfall, to prevent undue stress from noisy fireworks.
- During neighborhood firework displays, keep all pets inside. Dogs and cats who are agitated should be put into a bathroom or other room with no windows, with the door secure. Remember: screen doors will not stop a charging dog.
- Please do not take a dog to a large commercial firework display. This only increases the chances of him/her becoming lost in an unfamiliar area.
- In extreme cases, check with your veterinarian about tranquilizers for your pet.
If Your Pet Becomes Lost
- Immediately check with your local animal control agency first.
- Put up flyers around the area with a photo and detailed description of the missing pet.
- The Craigslist website offers free lost and found pet postings.
- Check around the neighborhood carefully. Lost cats have been found days later, hiding under a bush in front of their owners’ homes. For dogs, expand the search area further than expected, as a precaution.
- This page contains detailed information on what to do if you lose or find a pet, including links to county control agencies and tips for finding your missing pet.
Donate to Help Pets in Need
Make a difference in the lives of animals. The pets at OHS rely entirely on your donations for food, shelter, and medical care. Though it’s easy to make a donation on your state tax form, you can also make an online donation if you prefer.