Safety is important for pets, too, on Fourth of July

July 3, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. July 3, 2011

Regional Animal Services of King County is urging residents to keep pets safe during the holiday weekend.

Every year around Independence Day, fireworks scare pets and cause animals to run away. Many turn up in area animal shelters after the holiday.

Owners can take steps to reduce the risk of a pet running away and increase the likelihood of a reunion if a pet does escape.

  • Keep pets secured indoors in the quietest room during loud fireworks displays. Use soothing music or television as a distraction. Some pets remain calmer if placed in a secure crate in a darkened, quiet room.
  • If a pet is usually kept outside, bring the animal inside. or into the garage or basement during fireworks use.
  • Make sure a pet has at least two forms of identification, such as a pet license and personalized tag, a license and a microchip, or all three. Identification means the pet and the owner have a greater chance of being reunited.
  • Do not assume a pet will not react just because the animal has not had problems in the past. Sometimes, pets become sensitive to loud noises later in life.
  • If a pet becomes lost, check in person at all local shelters, and check back often.

Regional Animal Services recently joined the nonprofit Missing Pet Partnership to help train Shelter Pet Detectives.

From Tuesday through Thursday, the volunteers plan to help residents looking for missing pets at the Regional Animal Services shelter, 21615 64th Ave. S., Kent, from noon to 6 p.m.

In addition to the Shelter Pet Detectives assisting residents, Regional Animal Services also plans to keep the Lost Pet Hotline. Call 206-296-PETS (7387) and press 3 for a list of strays in the shelter. For pets registered in Seattle, call 206-386-PETS (7387).

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