As the 4th of July approaches, local animal agencies are sending an early reminder to Monterey County pet owners to beware of potential fireworks activity and the effect that she might have on their furry counterparts.
Hoping to ease the angst of pets, the Monterey County SPCA warns that the 4th of July can become not only a scary holiday but also a dangerous one for pets. According to the agency, many animal shelters see an increase in the number of stray dogs and cats before and during the holiday season, which, in turn, increases the number of animals hit by cars.
Hitchcock Road Animal Services, an animal rescue agency serving the city of Salinas and Monterey County, reported over the weekend that recent increases in animal intake have already filled local animal shelters. pet by July 4, which traditionally increases pet intake by another 20. -30%.
“Many animals that end up at the shelter after July 4 will not be claimed by their owners,” the animal services organization said in a press release. “It’s unfortunate because many of these animals could have remained safely in their homes had their owners planned ahead and taken some basic precautions. It is absolutely the responsibility of every pet owner to company to ensure the safety of their pets at all times.
To protect pets through July 4, the SPCA advises these precautions.
• Keep your pets indoors or in a safe, confined place where they are comfortable. If your pet has a favorite blanket or toy, make sure it’s nearby.
• Turn on a radio, television or fan to drown out the sound of fireworks. Providing common household noises that your pet knows and trusts will help calm your pet if he is alone during the night.
• Do not leave your dog or cat outside during the fireworks display. When frightened, they often jump fences and run fast and far from home, not noticing cars or other hazards.
• If your dog starts whining, pacing and panting, try distracting him by playing his favorite game or performing his favorite trick.
• Make sure your pet wears an up-to-date ID tag and an identification chip at all times, available at the SPCA for $25.
• If you know your pet is afraid of loud noises and flashes of light, such as lightning and thunder, please consult your veterinarian for advice regarding medications or products such as “thunder shirts”.
Publishing its own safety tips, Hitchcock Road is also advising anyone who finds a lost pet in their neighborhood to try to locate owners – by canvassing surrounding areas, checking social media and calling all phone numbers on tags – before bringing animals to their local shelter .
“Pets have a better chance of finding their way home if efforts to bring them home are made by the finder in the community before coming to the shelter,” the agency noted.
If your pet is lost, the Monterey County SPCA suggests checking with the SPCA or local animal shelters immediately. The SPCA can be reached at 831-373-2631.
Hitchcock Road offers a free text message program for quick links and advice for lost and found animals, including a lost/found animal report form, social media links and links to animals in shelters local. Simply text 831LOST or 831FOUND to 833-664-0513.
Meanwhile, the SPCA will be open on July 4 for pet care, emergencies, fire rescues and lost animals. Adoptions will be paused over the holidays but will resume at 11 a.m. on July 5. For more information, visit www.SPCAmc.org.