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Many of us do not realize how scary the sound of fireworks are for animals.
Around the fourth of July, our foundation receives numerous reports of lost animals, that we do not have at other times of the year. The sound causes panic in animals, and they will try to get away from the noise. Oftentimes, animals will run and hide, or worse, run into the road, trying to escape. Sometimes they will stay in hiding for days, afraid to return home. It is important to have your pets inside, in a safe place, away from the sounds.
In the event your animal goes missing, remember to immediately check with
Animal Control to fill out a lost report and see if your animal may have been picked up. Other important actions to take include: contacting veterinarian offices and local animal welfare organizations to see if they have any information about the whereabouts of your pet, as well as provide them with a flyer which gives a description, date and area where they went missing, and your contact information. You can also ask local stores to post the flyer, give a copy to your postal carrier, or local UPS and Federal Express driver. Posting flyers in your neighborhood and letting your neighbors know they are missing. There are also on-line lost and found sites for animals, where you can post your pets picture.
Microchipping your pet can help ensure they will be returned safely to you. Veterinarian offices, animal control, and local animal welfare and rescue organizations, have microchip scanners that will identify you and your animal. Your local veterinarian can provide information and easily insert the microchip. If your animal has a microchip, remember to register it with the microchip provider, and contact them immediately to report your pet missing.
Everyone needs to be safe,
including our pets.
author: Heather Burch