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Humane society: Keep pets safe during July 4

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Independence Day is quickly approaching and while celebrating can be fun, the Oregon Humane Society wants to remind pet owners how the holiday can be frightening for furry friends.

OHS says fireworks “can drive pets, especially dogs, into a state of panic” and because of that, the shelter says the day after July 4 can be a busy day for animal rescues.

On July 5, “animal shelters across the country will face the daunting task of caring for the many lost dogs and cats who bolted from their homes because they were terrified of fireworks. Sadly, some lost pets are never reunited with their owners. The Oregon Humane Society urges pet owners to follow these suggestions to keep pets safe.”

OHS has the following tips for keeping pets safe during Independence Day:

  1. Keep pets inside during firework displays. They should be kept in a room with closed windows and a secure door.
  2. Ensure all pets are wearing a collar with identification.
  3. Dog owners should walk their pups in the afternoon so they may be less aware and stressed by nighttime noises.
  4. If a dog is known to be extremely reactive to fireworks, its owner should talk to their veterinarian about using canine sedatives.

If a pet unfortunately does go missing during the festivities, OHS urges pet owners to follow these steps:

  1. Check the local animal control agency for its lost-and-found list.
  2. Print out and distribute flyers with a photo and description of the missing animal.
  3. Search Craigslist.org for any found pet postings, and post a lost pet ad.
  4. Thoroughly search your property and neighborhood in case your pet is hiding nearby.
  5. More information about finding a lost pet and other resources can be found on the OHS website.

For anyone who finds a stray animal, OHS says keep it with you until you can take it to your local animal shelter for microchip scanning and drop-off.

Additionally, anyone who loses a pet in Multnomah County won’t have to worry about any boarding costs at Multnomah County Animal Services – fees are waived for the holiday.

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