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Fourth of July Pet Safety

Keeping people and pets together at Foothills Animal Shelter is part of our business – especially when your beloved best friend goes missing unexpectedly. With the Fourth of July right around the corner, it’s more important now than ever to make sure you and your pets are prepared should you become separated.

Backyard BBQs, fireworks and weekend trips are synonymous with this time of year and, while these are fun experiences for people they can sometimes be frightening for our pets. Below are some tips and tricks on how to keep you four-legged pal safe and comfortable.

Looking fresh, staying safe

Stop by the Foothills Animal Shelter new retail center and grab your pet a snazzy new collar for the summer season. While you’re here, you might as well license your pup with Jefferson County. This license will help ensure you’re reconnected with fido if they become lost. It’s also important to make sure you pet is wearing a collar and tag and has a microchip ID – all with up-to-date information. Does your pet need a microchip? Stop by our weekly vaccine clinic Fridays from 3 – 4:30 p.m. at the Shelter.

What to do if your pet goes missing

It’s everyone’s worst nightmare when their pet goes missing and the Fourth of July is known for an increase in lost dogs and cats. If you become separated from your pet, start by checking your local shelter to see if they may have ended up there. You can also post a description and photo of your pet on your neighborhood Nextdoor and Facebook Groups. And, as we mentioned above, it’s so important to ensure your pet has a collar, tag, and microchip with current and accurate information so you can easily be reunited.

Chill out

Set up a safe space for your pet to retreat if they become overwhelmed by fireworks or need a break from the backyard BBQ. Turning on the TV or music can help drown out sounds and make them feel more comfortable. Make sure they have access to food and water and including their favorite toys and bed can provide them with additional comfort.

It is important to set boundaries with your party guests, letting them know what you pet can and cannot have to eat … there will be lots of tasty food and beverages and we want to avoid any unnecessary upset tummies for our cats and dogs. Also, keep an eye on the exits of your home, it can be tempting for pets to sneak out an open door or gates, especially when they might be feeling overwhelmed or scared from the fireworks.

Taking the temp out of temptation

It can be tempting to take your pets along with you to holiday festivities, but with higher temperatures common around this holiday it’s often best to leave them at home. Never leave your pet in an unattended vehicle, even with the air conditioning on. In just 10 minutes on an 85-degree day your car can reach temperatures over 100 degrees, which can lead to serious injury or death.  it’s always best to leave your pets in the comfort of your home while you attend your favorite firework show.

No matter how celebrate the holiday, we’re grateful for the love and kindness you provide to your pets. If you’re interested in adding a companion to your family, visit FoothillsAnimalShelter.org to learn about pets waiting to find their new homes.


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