Four Tips for a Safe 4th:
• Pets are a part of our family, so it is understandable to want to include them in holiday plans. But fireworks can be scary and stressful for your pet! Dogs have a heightened sense of hearing so the jolts and loud noises can cause many animals to flee, looking for shelter. It is safer and less stressful for your pet if you keep them inside.
• Create a safe and comfortable environment for your pets. Make sure they have a crate or a bed to escape to and consider leaving on the TV or playing music to help drown out the noise. Give your pets their favorite treat or toy that will provide enrichment and keep them busy.
• Keep all doors and windows closed, and patch up any holes in your fence. If houseguests come over, make sure they know the rules about keeping your pets inside.
• Make sure all your pets are microchipped and your dogs are licensed. If your pet does go missing, these steps will help ensure a quick reunion. Contact your local shelter immediately if your pet is missing (for the cities of Oceanside and Vista, the San Diego Humane Society, North Campus handles lost and found pets).
About the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA
Serving San Diego County since 1880, the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA’s scope of social responsibility goes beyond adopting animals. The Humane Society offers San Diegans a wide range of programs and services that strengthen the human-animal bond, prevent cruelty/neglect, provide medical care and educate the community on the humane treatment of animals.
As one of San Diego’s oldest nonprofit organizations, the Humane Society has campuses in both San Diego and Oceanside and is supported solely through contributions, grants, bequests, investments, proceeds from the Muttique retail store, and small fees for services. For more information or to see current animals available for adoption, please visit www.sdhumane.org.