Have a Hauntless Halloween!

12:00 PM, Thursday, October 11
Los Angeles, CA –   All Hallows' Eve is fiendishly fun for humans, but can be frightening for pets, who may find Halloween’s sights and sounds scary and upsetting.  Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) suggests these Halloween safety measures to protect your pets and keep the spookiness safe and stress-free.

Keep pets indoors. All the extra activity on Halloween can be dangerous. 

Confine your pets to a safe and quiet area.  A ringing doorbell can be stressful to your pets, so place them in a quiet room with their pet bed, favorite toys, soothing music, and if possible, a human companion. 

Do not take the family pet out trick-or-treating.  Dogs can be frightened by strange costumes or masks and they may flee or react by barking or attacking.  Pet owners can be liable for injuries inflicted by their pets.  Instead, take them to an event just for them, like spcaLA’s annual Halloween Pet Parade and Costume Contest, October 27th from 1pm-3:30pm at the spcaLA Marketplace in Long Beach.

Keep your pet away from lit candles.  Pets may knock over candles and cause a fire.  Curious pets run the risk of singing whiskers or being burned

Candy is not for pets.  Most candy will make your animals sick and chocolate is very dangerous as it is poisonous to many animals.  Tinfoil wrappers can get lodged in your pet’s digestive tract.  Keep the number of your local poison control center and emergency veterinarian handy just in case.

Never dress your pet in a costume that is not made for pets.  If you do dress your pets for Halloween, make sure it is a costume made for pets and the appropriate size.

Teach your pet to “come when called.”   This command is a fail-safe, should your dog get loose when trick-or-treaters come knocking.  spcaLA Animal Training Department offers a Come When Called class.

Current Identification Tags are vital.  With the door constantly in use, pets can sneak out of the house.  Make sure your pet has been microchipped and is wearing a reflective collar with current tags.

Black cats are more likely to be targeted by pranksters during this time of year or used as party props to “add to the ambience.”  In order to prevent this from happening, black cats adopted from spcaLA October 24-November 1 will remain at the facility until after the 1st.  spcaLA encourages other pet adoption facilities to do the same.  


spcaLA is an independent, nonprofit animal welfare organization serving Southern California since 1877.  There is no national SPCA, parent organization, or umbrella group that provides financial support to spcaLA.  Donations run programs and services include Cruelty Investigation, the Disaster Animal Response Team, Humane Education, and a variety of shelter services.

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