Pets and fireworks: Tips to keep pets happy and safe on July 4th

Every Independence Day, animal shelters are filled with lost and injured pets. The Sacramento SPCA is recommending the following tips to keep your pet safe so you can all enjoy a happy and safe Fourth of July.

  • Make sure pets are microchipped and the chip registration (owner’s

contact information) is up to date.

  • Ensure pets are wearing a properly fitting collar with ID tags.
  • As a backup plan, write your phone number on your pet’s collar with a sharpie marker.
  • Provide physical and mental stimulation with a walk or playtime during cooler morning hours — it can help pets stay calm in the evening.
  • During peak firework hours the week surrounding July 4th, bring all pets indoors, offer their favorite toy or a stuffed Kong, and add some ambient noise (such as television or radio) to distract them.

Whether the plan is to visit friends for your holiday festivities or stay close to home, it’s important to remember our furry friends do not enjoy the celebration as much as humans do.

“Every year, animal shelters are inundated with pets that panicked at the sound of fireworks and fled into the night, winding up lost, injured or killed,” said Kenn Altine, Sacramento SPCA CEO. “By following these few

simple tips, pet owners can keep their pets safe and sound at home and

avoid unnecessary worry, reclaim fees and heartbreak.”


What do I do if I find a stray animal?

The Sacramento SPCA encourages community members to follow these Found Animal Tips to help healthy stray animals find their way home; including checking the animal for an ID tag and microchip (which can be scanned at a vet’s office, shelter or pet store), asking around the neighborhood, making flyers or posting online in local lost and found groups or on neighborhood specific social media platforms.

“It’s been long thought that bringing animals to shelters was the best way to help them, but we now realize that most of the time, they can be easily reunited with their family by staying near where they were found,’ said Altine. “That leaves the shelter with room for the animals who really do need our help – those whose owners can no longer keep them or animals that are sick or injured.”

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