Pet owners should prepare for 4th of July fireworks, says Pima Animal Care Center

Jacob Owens

TucsonSentinel.com

The annual USA Independence Day celebration is known for its fireworks displays, but these colorful displays can be quite challenging for our furry friends. The July 4 holiday usually means booming activity among runaway animals at the Pima Animal Care Center, officials said.

Tucson residents should take steps to protect their pets as this year’s festivities approach, such as securing doors and windows and ensuring pets are microchipped to facilitate their return in the event of an accident. escape, officials said.

“The 4th of July falls on a Monday this year, which likely means three or even four nights of loud, festive fireworks,” the county agency said in a news release. The holidays often see high numbers of runaway pets each year as dogs attempt to flee fireworks, including those set off in neighborhoods in violation of local laws.

The PACC provides residents with tips to help them find lost pets and preventative measures so they don’t escape in the first place. One way to protect pets is to microchip them before the holidays and update contact information on existing chips, the statement said.

Another resource is the national database, Petco Lost Love, which uses pet photos to bring pets home using facial identification. “Uploaded photos of a missing dog or cat are immediately scanned to determine if the lost animal is at a participating shelter or with a neighbor in the community,” the statement said.

Lost dogs are found within a mile of their home 63% of the time, according to the Pima County website.

Owners should also ensure collars fit properly and have contact information in addition to animals being in a home with secure windows and doors, the post from the care center said.

For the more adventurous creatures, remember to “remove any objects your pet might use to climb over the fence,” officials said.

Reports of missing and found animals can be submitted online through PACC’s website, which includes links to other resources for reuniting lost animals with their owners.

“Remember that enacting all – or even just one – of these measures will help keep pets safe and prevent the harrowing process of losing a beloved family member,” they said. PACC representatives.

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