4th of July Pet Safety Tips

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Gayle Anderson was live in Pasadena to learn pet friendly Fourth of July safety tips. The Pasadena Humane Society says the fifth of July is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters. So,  the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA are providing educational information about how to keep pets safe and happy during Fourth of July celebrations.  Due to the loud noises fireworks create during Fourth of July celebrations, pet owners often return home to find that their animals have been traumatized, made a mess of the house, or worse; they have run away.


PHS recommends the following tips:

  • Do not take your pets with you to watch fireworks.
  • Keep pets inside during Fourth of July celebrations. Keeping them confined at home will help them to feel safe. Playing a radio may help diffuse the loud noise of fireworks.
  • Be certain that pet’s ID tags are current. Update pet’s microchip information if necessary. A visible form of identification is the best way to ensure that pets can be returned home.
  • If a pet may become extremely agitated or stressed, consult a veterinarian and discuss the possibility of sedatives or overnight boarding. Pet owners can call an animal behavior specialist to work with pets, but do this well in advance.
  • If your pet runs away, search the kennels of the shelter closest to you. Many shelters post photos of the animals that come into their facility on their website. PHS' website is updated hourly so that lost animals may be quickly reunited with their lost owners. Post signs and visit nearby shelters for at least the next month. Animals can run a long way when they are badly frightened.
  • If your cat is lost, it may stay in hiding for several days or weeks, so leave plenty of food and fresh water outside your door. (Pick it up at night so you don't attract unwanted wild animals.) Post signs and check your local and neighboring shelters in person and on line; your description of your pet may fit several animals in the shelter.

***PHS will have extra animal control officers on duty the evening of July 4 and will open at 8 a.m. Saturday, July 5 to help reunite lost pets with their families.***



The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA is an independent, donor-supported, non-profit agency that provides animal care for abandoned and homeless animals. An open door agency, PHS welcomes and cares for all animals in its service area regardless of age, medical condition, breed or any other criteria. The Society is responsible for animal control and welfare for nine area cities that include Arcadia, Bradbury, Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge, Monrovia, Pasadena, San Marino, Sierra Madre and South Pasadena.


Pasadena Humane Society & SPCLA
361 South Raymond Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105
626 792 7151


If you have questions, please feel free to call Gayle Anderson at 323-460-5732 or e-mail Gayle at Gayle.Anderson@KTLA.com

This segment aired on the KTLA Morning News On Thursday July 3, 2014

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