San Diego Humane Society asks pet parents to plan to keep their furry family members safe during this July 4th vacation.
In 2021, the nonprofit received 270 stray dogs, cats and other small animals lost between 4 and 7 July and only 28% of these pets were recovered from their owners (42% for dogs, 5% for cats, 0% for other small pets).
Unfortunately, one in three pets is lost during its lifetime and only one in 10 lost pets is found. The July 4 holidays can be especially frightening for pets due to the loud noises associated with fireworks and partying.
Noise-terrified pets are known to jump over fences out of fear and confusion, causing a particularly large number of stray animals to enter the shelter after the July 4th celebrations.
“Pets tend to be very scared of the July 4 fireworks, whether it’s big fireworks or community members firing unplanned fireworks in their neighborhoods. “It’s so important for pet parents to have a consistent plan to keep their pets calm and safe, as we are seeing a significant increase in stray pets after the holidays,” said San Diego Humane Society Executive Director Jessica Des Lauriers. “We urge pet families to have this plan on time, which includes keeping pets indoors and in a safe location.”
Pet parents can reduce the risk of losing their pets by following these simple steps:
Make sure your pet has a microchip and that the information associated with the chip is up to date. The microchip is a permanent recognition of pets. The process is safe, simple and designed to quickly identify lost pets and reunite them with their owners.
The microchip, which is about the size of a grain of rice (12 mm), is injected under the surface of the pet’s skin between the shoulders. The procedure is similar to a routine vaccination, it only takes a few seconds and your pet will not react more than it would to a vaccination. No anesthetic required. The San Diego Humane Society is offering $ 15 clinical microchip on its campuses in El Cajon, Escondido, Oceanside and San Diego until June 30. Tuesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. To learn more, visit sdhumane.org./microchiphttp://www.sdhumane.org/microchip>.
Collars with labels! Make sure your pets have collars with contact information labels and that your dogs are licensed. If you can not secure labels, just write your phone number on your dog collar with a sharp. If your pet flees and you have your phone number on their collar, the person who will find your pet can quickly call you and start the reunification process, skipping a trip to the shelter!
Consult a veterinarian for pets with anxiety. If your pet is particularly scared during the 4th of July celebrations, medication can help him stay calm. Make an appointment with your veterinarian early to look for solutions to reduce your pet’s stress level if this is a known issue.
Create a shelter at home. When you are scared, some animals can become destructive, so be sure to remove anything that may damage or harm your pet if chewed or eaten. Leave your pet in an area of your home where it is safe, comfortable and protected from any outside noise and lights.
Make plans for a pet early! If you will not be home during the July 4th celebrations, consider finding someone to look after your pet. The company can help them stay calm and ensure that they do not get lost.
All San Diego Humane Society shelters will be closed on Monday, July 4th. If you find a stray pet during the holidays, keep it separate from your pets, keep them safe overnight and bring them to us on July 5, during normal business hours from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. If you can not care for a lost pet overnight, contact our law enforcement at 619-299-7012 (press 1). If you lose a pet during the holidays, check out the Found Pets page in sdhumane. org / lostandfound<http://www.sdhumane.org/lostandfound> on 5 July.
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